REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SMITH (D-WA)Ranking Minority Member, House Committee on Armed Services
Joined committee: 1997
Assumed leadership: 2011Elected to Congress: 1996Formed PAC: 2010
Over the past seven election cycles, as Rep. Smith’s seniority on the committee rose,contributions from armed services industries increased at a rate far outpacing his totalcontributions. Additionally, thus far in the 112th Congress, Rep. Smith has voteddisproportionately in agreement with the industries regulated by the Armed Services Committeecompared to the average Democrat.Campaign Contributions from the Armed Services Sector
1998 Election Cycle 2010 Election Cycle % ChangeIndustry Contributions
$6,650 $98,250 1377%
$803,358 $948,533 18%
During the 2010 election cycle – the election cycle prior to Rep. Smith’s first term in aleadership position on the committee – contributions from armed services industries to hiscampaign committee increased by 267% over the previous cycle, from $26,750 to $98,250.In contrast, total contributions increased by 46% during the same time period, from $648,477to $948,533.
During the 2010 election cycle, armed services industries accounted for 10% of the $948,533in total contributions received by Rep. Smith’ campaign committee.
During the 1998 election cycle, armed services industries accounted for 1% of the $803,358in total contributions received by Rep. Smith’s campaign committee.
CREW reviewed the online editions of the Congressional Directory from the U.S. Government Printing Officesavailable from the 105th Congress (1997-1998) through the 111th Congress (2009-2010). Therefore, the Congressmember has been a member of the committee since at least 1997 and possibly earlier.
The PAC’s first activity was reported in December 2010.
Full campaign contribution data is not yet available for the 2012 election, the first election cycle after Rep. Smithassumed a leadership position in the committee.