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Collateral Damage and Civilian Casualties in the United States Congress

From 2000 to 2012, 53% of legislators who uttered the phrase “collateral damage” in the Congressional Record were Republicans, and 47% Democrats. The person who uttered the phrase “collateral damage” the most during that time was Republican Rep. John Gingrey — most likely known to you as “Phil” Gingrey. In the current election cycle, the top contributor to Phil Gingrey’s campaign is the military contractor Lockheed Martin.

During the same period, 65% of the members of Congress who uttered the phrase “civilian casualties” in the Congressional Record were Democrats, and 35% Republicans. The person who uttered the phrase “civilian casualties” the most during that time was Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. Not one of the top five contributors to Pat Leahy this year is a military contractor.

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