Isakson Votes to Sell Military Equipment to Country He Holds Responsible for 9/11

ATLANTA, Ga. – Yesterday, Senator Johnny Isakson voted to override a presidential veto of a bill that would allow 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi Arabian government for their support of terrorism. Yet just one week ago, Isakson voted to clear the way for a $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia that would allow the Saudis to receive more than 130 tanks and 30 armored vehicles. The principal contractor for the deal is General Dynamics, whose PACs and executives have given Isakson nearly $50,000 in campaign contributions, including $23,300 in his current race.

“Sen. Isakson must explain to Georgia voters why he thinks we should continue to arm the people he holds responsible for 9/11,” investment manager and Senate candidate Jim Barksdale said. “While on one hand Isakson votes to hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the worst terrorist attack in our country’s history, he is apparently comfortable turning around and sending them 130 tanks as long as it helps a big campaign donor turn a large profit. Georgia needs a Senator who puts the American people’s interests first, and whose vote is not for sale.”

Campaign contributions from General Dynamics PACs and executives to Sen. Isakson:

  • $23,300 contributed in 2016
  • $1,000 contributed in 2012
  • $10,000 contributed in 2010
  • $2,000 contributed in 2008
  • $9,250 contributed in 2004

All of these gifts amount to a total of $45,550 for Isakson since he set his eyes on the Senate.

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