(Times Free Press) -- Like many Republicans campaigning for smaller government, congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield routinely criticizes the federal bureaucracy and what he calls "Washington's outrageous spending."

But Mayfield appears content with at least one of Uncle Sam's recurring expenses -- federal contracts to the family dairy.

Since 2000, Mayfield Dairy Farms LLC has received more than $7.5 million from 47 government contracts and transactions, federal records show. The Department of Defense awarded 37 of those contracts and 99 percent of the money.

At a March fundraiser, Mayfield said defense "is the No. 1 reason we have a federal government."

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