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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 12

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Monday, March 30, 1998
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THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 13A Arms makers spending millions to lobby for NATO's expansion They stand to gain much more if Eastern European nations upgrade their systems. The New York Times WASHINGTON American Classic Linen Blazer Misses and Petites A beautiful poly rayon linen-look fully lined olazer with functional pockets. Colors are navy, red, black, . taupe and white in sizes 8 to 18. Reg. $108 Now Only $79.99 arms manufacturers, who stand to gain billions of dollars in sales of weapons, communication sys tems and other military equipment if the Senate approves NATO expansion, have made enormous investments in lobby ists and campaign contributions to promote their cause in I ne end of the Cold War has ed from all companies that perform military-related activities, like computer and technology firms, they would dwarf the lobbying effort of any other industry. Not all of the lobbying has been for NATO expansion. The contractors have billions of dollars worth of other business before Congress. But NATO expansion has been a central concern because it offers so many opportunities. The military industry also remains the most generous contributor to congressional candidates, the study group said, giving nearly equally to Democrats and Republicans. The four dozen companies whose main business is arms have showered candidates with $32.3 million since the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe at the beginning of the decade. By comparison, the tobacco lobby spent $26.9 million in that same period, 1991 to 1997. The top six American military companies increased their contributions to federal campaign committees as well, to $2.4 million in 1997 from $1.5 million in 1991. In the last six years, those six companies Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Textron Inc., Raytheon, Boeing and Mc- Donnell Douglas have given the committees more than $15 million. Under NATO rules, new members are required to upgrade their militaries and make them compatible with those of the Western military alliance, which oversees the most sophisticated and expensive weapons and communication systems in the world. The companies that win the contracts to provide that "inter-operability" to the aging Soviet-made systems in Eastern Europe will benefit enormously from NATO's expansion. Thus the sums spent on lobbying and for campaign contributions are relatively small compared with the potential benefits in the new markets provided by a larger NATO, particularly from the sale of big-ticket items like fighter aircraft. A single F-16, made by Lockheed Martin, costs about $20 million; a single F-18, made by Boeing, costs $40 million to $60 million. Poland alone wants to buy 100 to 150 fighter planes and is weighing offers from Lockheed and Boeing as well as from companies in Britain, France and Russia. "It's a big deal," said a Polish official who spoke on condition of anonymity. shrunk the arms industry and forced it to diversify. But expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization nrst to roland, Hungary and the STORE HOURS: Monday through Friday 10 to 7 Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday 11 to 5 Czech Republic, then possibly to more than a dozen other countries: would offer arms makers a new and hugely lucrative America's six biggest military contractors have spent $51 mil l! I I 5 J A I lion on lobbying in the last two Juno -622-2924 JupiterTequesta - 747-0006 Palm Springs - 965-6591 West Lake Worth - 965-4665 Boynton Beach in Sunshine Square - 369-1773 Stuart in Cedar Point Plaza - 220-8066 Stuart Center - 287-7123 Vera Beach -562-0480 MASTFRCARD VISA AMERICAN EXPRESS DISCOVER years, according to an analysis prepared for The New York Times by the Campaign Study Group, a research company in Springfield, Va. 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