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Here's How Much Florida Politicians Have Taken From War Profiteers

Florida lawmakers have supported Trump's decision to launch an airstrike that killed Iranian leader Qassem Soleimani.
Florida lawmakers have supported Trump's decision to launch an airstrike that killed Iranian leader Qassem Soleimani.
Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg

A whole lot of Americans are terrified today, which means defense industry stocks are up. Late Thursday night, President Donald Trump, while eating ice cream at Mar-a-Lago, ordered an airstrike that assassinated Qassim Suleimani, the second most powerful person in Iran. Despite the fact that Trump's brain appears to be oxygen-starved and he likely could not pronounce "Suleimani" without a guide written in crayon, a whole lot of foreign policy experts have spent the end of the week opining that assassinating a foreign leader was a noble and right and correct thing to do to keep Americans safe.

There appears to be zero way to confirm any of this will work out well for Americans, Iranians, or the world. In fact, the overwhelming likelihood is the assassination will only make the world a more violent and dangerous place. But the bombing was good for one sector of the American economy: defense contractors. Stock prices for the folks who make tanks, jets, bombs, and the like — including Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman — are up this week.

Those companies also happen to rain money on politicians — more than $10 million to federal candidates during the 2020 election cycle alone, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. So, using figures from the nonprofit's OpenSecrets website, New Times has compiled a handy list of the amount of money every anti-Iran Florida lawmaker has taken from the people who get rich from war.

Sen. Marco Rubio: $377,378

Sen. Rick Scott: $73,911
(The National Institute for Money in State Politics notes he took $5,500 during campaigns for Florida governor as well.)

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart: $446,350

Rep. Brian Mast: $36,808

Rep. Matt Gaetz: $107,285

Rep. Neal Dunn: $35,800

Rep. Ted Yoho: $36,000

Yoho has not tweeted but shared this pro-assassination tweet from Ben Shapiro:

Rep. John Rutherford: $136,150

Rep. Daniel Webster: $28,900

Rep. Gus Bilirakis: $27,700

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