Senators who voted for Syria strike get more Defense cash. Here’s how much Sens. Casey and Toomey got

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The Senate Foreign Relations committee voted on Wednesday to authorize a strike on Syria in retaliation for its government allegedly using chemical weapons on its citizens.

And after the votes were tallied—it was 10-7—Wired magazine did an analysis checking out how much money the defense industry donated to those voting yes, and those voting no.

What they found was cynically predictable.

Those committee members who voted to authorize a strike against Syria took an average of $72,850 in defense dollars; those who voted “no” took an average of $39,770. Both numbers were based on figures from 2007 through 2012. The total allotment from the defense industry for all 17 senators during that time was $1,006,887.

The top defense fundraisers voting yes were Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) at $176,000; Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) at $127,350; and Sen. Timothy Kaine (D-Virginia) at $101,025. The analysis was created through numbers obtained from

With the successful committee vote past us, the resolution will soon move to the full senate. While there, your U.S. Senators, Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), will get their say on whether we drop more bombs in the middle east, or not. But before they do, we decided to take a page out of Wired’s playbook and check up on our senators’ cash receipts, just as an FYI.

According to a separate analysis of numbers viewed at, the defense industry gave Sen. Casey $116.6 thousand (which includes, but is not limited to, $38,300 from Defense Electronics and $50,525 from Defense Aerospace) from 2009-2013; and Toomey has brought in $30,850 during his career.

Neither senator has cast an out-of-line or controversial defense vote during his tenure in Congress. And while Casey has been in office since 2006, and was not around to vote for or against resolutions for war in the Middle East in the early 2000s, Toomey was a member of the House in 2003. While there, he voted for the resolution to begin the war in Iraq, though voted against the invasion of Kosovo in 1999.

Both Casey and Toomey have made public statements in support of a Syrian strike this year. Casey, in a rare moment of clarity, actually noted, up front, that he’ll vote in favor of a focused strike.

Toomey has been a bit more subdued, only noting that doing nothing would be a mistake — and that Syrian President Bashar Assad will not listen to diplomatic efforts.

“I do think there’s a danger in allowing a very rare thing — which is this appalling use of a very dangerous weapon of mass destruction — that Assad has done,” Toomey told WITF this week. “The danger of having no response to that, I think, encourages the proliferation of these weapons and that would be a danger to America security.”

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One Response to “ Senators who voted for Syria strike get more Defense cash. Here’s how much Sens. Casey and Toomey got ”

  1. ambiguator says:

    Yup, that extra $33K is definitely worth the 10-figure handout we’re about to give to defense contractors by starting a new war. Good work, Senators.

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