Inouye + campaign contributions = earmarks

The AP ran a story about Senator Inouye’s earmarks going to companies that made significant contributions to his campaign.  One beneficiary is Navatek. When the Navy passed over Navatek’s proposal, Inouye reinserted Navatek’s amphibious vehicle into a Defense Appropriations bill as an earmark.

In a related chart of earmarks and campaign contibutions, Oceanit shows up at the top of the list.  Oceanit was one of the companies that benefited greatly from Inouye’s earmarks and from some of the improper handling of Navy contracts during the UARC / Project Kai ‘e’e scandal.

Earmarks by and campaign contributions to Inouye

The Associated Press

Hawaii companies that would benefit from earmarks sponsored by U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, that are in the Senate version of the fiscal year 2010 defense appropriations measure. The firms’ executives and other employees have contributed to Inouye’s campaign committees since 1997.

— Pacific Marine/Navatek Ltd., Honolulu: $2.2 million to build model of amphibious vehicle. $16,300 in contributions to Inouye, including $9,800 CEO Steve Loui.

— Oceanit, Honolulu: Two $5 million earmarks for a network of telescopes to track objects in space. $22,900 in contributions to Inouye, including $11,000 from CEO Patrick Sullivan.

— Referentia Systems Inc., Honolulu: $4.5 million to create 3-D images of battlegrounds. $17,200 in contributions to Inouye, including $5,000 from CEO Nelson Kanemoto.

— Akimeka LLC, Maui: $2.5 million for a system to distribute intelligence information among agencies. $17,800 in contributions to Inouye, including $2,600 from President VaughnVasconcellos. He also donated $1,200 this year to Inouye’s leadership political action committee.

— Pacific Defense Solutions, LLC, Maui: $4 million for “electro-optical assets” that peer into space. $7,600 in contributions to Inouye, including $1,200 each this year from President Wesley Freiwald and Chief Operating Officer Donald Forrester.

— Makai Ocean Engineering Inc., Kailua, Oahu: $2 million for a system to process large amounts of “battlespace” data. $2,400 in contributions to Inouye from Vice President Reb Bellinger.


— Raytheon Co.: $1.6 million for an integrated information system for Hawaii national guard and civil defense officials. $18,000 in contributions to Inouye.

— Northrop Grumman Corp.: $2 million to develop systems at the Hawaiian Range Complex, a collection of onshore and offshore sites used for military training. $19,000 in contributions to Inouye.

— Boeing Co.: $20 million to operate Maui Space Surveillance System. $27,000 in contributions to Inouye.

— Lockheed Martin Corp.: $3 million for a counter-sniper system. $28,000 in contributions to Inouye.

— Textron Inc.: $6.5 million to enhance capabilities at the Maui Space Surveillance System. $24,000 in contributions to Inouye.


Source: Federal Election Commission reports and documents from Sen. Inouye’s office.

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