A recent report published last week found that since U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama, implemented a hold on military nominations, many defense contractors continued to give financial support to the senator.
The report by KnowTheCeo found that six of the world’s largest military contractors have made political donations to the senator after Feb. 17, the date Tuberville announced his intention to implement a military hold against the Department of Defense (DOD) reproductive health policy. The information comes from examining public filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) but stops at June 30 due to the current filing period.
The report states that more contributions may have been made since June 30.
“Six of the world’s largest defense contractors – BAE Systems, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Lockheed Martin, L3Harris Technologies, Leidos, and Parsons Corporation – have given political donations to Tuberville since he stated his intention to implement the hold,” the report wrote.
KnowTheCeo also found that Tuberville has received support from several other top executives of defense contractors, including some from Alabama. These other entities, all from Alabama, include Avion Solutions, Colsa Corporation, Altec, Griffin Aerospace, Iron Mountain Solutions, Onyx Aerospace, PeopleTec, Radiance, S3 Inc., Sigmatech, SimTech, Trideum, Verity Systems and Yulista Integrated Solutions.
Since officially starting the hold in March, Tuberville has held up over 300 military promotions and more recently has gained more public condemnation from military personnel. There have also been bipartisan concerns that Tuberville’s hold is harming military families and preventing service members from doing their jobs. Despite this condemnation, Tuberville has remained steadfast in his hold and has maintained that he is not disrupting or harming the military and that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer could bring nominations before the Senate to be confirmed.
Schumer has said he did not want to do that because of how time-consuming it will be. Now even as the flames of war are growing in Israel-Palestine and by extension the Middle East, Tuberville is continuing his hold. According to the report, a likely reason why Tuberville remains emboldened to continue his strategy is because he has maintained financial support from several of the largest, influential military contractors in the world.
“The fact that Tuberville can continue to rely on the support of these powerful companies, even as he blatantly defies the will of the military community,” the report stated, “undoubtedly emboldens him and may be contributing to his unwavering commitment to the hold.”