Breaking down the Syria vote by defense industry contributions — in 1 graphic

September 13, 2013

By a 10 to 7 margin, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted last week in favor of a resolution to authorize military action against the Syrian government.

Thanks to a graphic from International Business Times (with data from, we can see how much campaign money each senator received from the defense industry from 2007-2012.

Senators who voted for military action received more than 80 percent more money from defense industry donors than those who voted against it.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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