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McConnell opposed efforts to rein in defense contractors

By JENIFER SMITH Paducah

EDITOR:

In 2011, in its final report to Congress, the Commission on Wartime Contracting said as much as $60 billion in U.S. funds was lost to fraud and waste in Iraq and Afghanistan because of lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption.

What was Sen. Mitch McConnell's role in all of this?

Four times in 2005 and 2006, McConnell voted against establishing a special committee to investigate Afghanistan and Iraq war contracts. And in June 2006, when the Senate debated the defense authorization bill, McConnell helped kill an amendment to improve federal contracting and procurement by eliminating fraud and abuse and improving competition in contracting and procurement and by enhancing administration of federal contracting personnel.

McConnell's refusal to back systems to audit and monitor this wasteful war spending did little to defeat the Taliban but helped the defense contractors line their pockets. And the defense industry has been very generous to Mitch during his campaigns. Open secrets.org shows McConnell has received more than $680,000 in donations from defense PACs and lobbyists.

It's time to retire Mitch.

JENIFER SMITH

Paducah

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