McCain, Ayotte, and Graham Anti-Sequestration Tour Funded by Defense PAC

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Two old warhawks still on the Defense Dept. teet after all these years scamming for corporate welfare in exchange for political contributions
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Late last month, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined with his pals Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) for a 'Preserving America's Strength' series of town-hall style meetings aimed at highlighting the potential impact of defense cuts. But while McCain's office said that the 'official trip' was being paid for entirely with campaign funds, a ThinkProgress analysis of McCain's donors reveals that much of that money comes from defense industry political action committees. The Budget Control Act of 2011'-s budget sequestration provisions -- which McCain voted for -- would cut about $917 billion in federal spending over a decade, including about $487 in defense expenditures. Though even with these cuts, 2013 defense spending would still exceed 2006 levels, the Republican Senators...

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