Fox Business doesn’t disclose guest on Iran is a lobbyist for defense contractors

A picture of Don Bramer

Citation Ceci Freed / Media Matters

Fox Business hosted a guest who supported President Donald Trump's actions on Iran without disclosing that he’s a lobbyist for the defense industry. 

Don Bramer is the founder, chairman, and president of the Bramer Group, which states that it works “on issues that relate to defense, intelligence, and small / medium manufacturers.” He previously served in the Navy and worked for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the George H.W. Bush administration. 

In the third quarter of 2019, Bramer and his firm lobbied for defense contractors ​ARCH Global Precision - Tuscaloosa, ​Kongsberg Protech Systems, and MSI-Defense Systems US, according to federal lobbying data. 

None of those financial connections were disclosed when he appeared on the January 6 edition of the Fox Business program The Evening Edit with guest host Melissa Francis, who simply identified Bramer as a “former naval intelligence officer.” During the segment, Bramer backed Trump’s actions on Iran. 

On Sunday, as Popular Information’s Judd Legum noted, NBC’s Meet the Press hosted former Obama Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson without disclosing that he’s on the board of directors for defense contractor Lockheed Martin.