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Senators Voting for Strikes on Syria Got More Defense Money

New analysis shows big difference between Senate Foreign Relations Committee members who voted for and against military force against Assad.

- Andrea Germanos, staff writer

A new analysis offers a look at the difference between campaign contributions from defense contractors to the senators who voted Wednesday on whether to approve a strike on Syria.

Senator Dick Durbin. (Photo: SenRockefeller/cc/flickr) The Senate Foreign Relations Committee members who voted 'yes' to a resolution authorizing military force "received, on average, 83 percent more campaign financing from defense contractors than lawmakers voting against war," Wired reported Thursday.

Based on data from OpenSecrets.org, the analysis showed the top recipients of contributions from defense industry employees and political action committees between 2007 and 2012 were Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at $176,300 and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) at $127,350, both of whom voted 'yes.'

The 'yes' voters received an average of nearly $72,850 from the industry over the five-year period, while the 'no' voters' average was just $39,770.

The committee passed the resolution 10-7, and a full vote on the resolution will likely head to Senate next week.

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