Corporate Connections: Lockheed Martin
As a Republican senator from Alabama from 1996 until 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions received nearly $2.5 million from the finance, insurance and real estate industries. In 2016, he received more than $300,000 in campaign contributions from defense contractors — $55,000 from Lockheed Martin alone.
He was a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Forces and the Budget Committee. As Alabama’s attorney general in the mid 1990s, Sessions failed at times to combat corporate crime and wrongdoing.
- Sessions’ net worth is about $7 million.
- Sessions owns rights to oil and subsurface minerals on more than 600 acres of Alabama. Some of the land is adjacent to a federal wildlife preserve.
- As Alabama attorney general, Sessions refused to join other states in suing Big Tobacco. He also opposed 22 of his fellow state attorneys general, siding instead with the insurance industry, Exxon and the corporate lobby group National Association of Manufacturers in Adams v. Robertson, a U.S. Supreme Court case about consumer class actions.
- Sessions in 2014 penned an anti-immigration op-ed for Breitbart.com, the far-right website once headed by Steve Bannon, formerly Trump’s chief strategist.