So, I crunched the numbers of the PMA defense budget earmarks (raw info found here), and came up with something interesting. Below are the top twenty current House members who have taken money from PMA and placed earmarks in that bill, sorted by cumulative donations. A “#” represents being on the Defense Appropriations Committee at the time, and Republicans are bolded:
||PMA campaign $ since 2001
|Peter J. Visclosky#
|John P. Murtha#
|James P. Moran#
|Bill Pascrell Jr.
|Michael E. Capuano
|Paul E. Kanjorski
|Patrick J. Murphy
Continue reading Looking at the PMA Porkers: An examination of CQ’s List of Appropriators.
While we’re all busy watching the Democrats Keystone Kops their way through their debt bill passage, the next news cycle’s story is busily chugging along:
Firm tied to Murtha closes PAC
PMA Group, the lobbying firm tied to Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) that was raided by federal agents back in November, has closed its political action committee, the latest sign of the company’s implosion.
PMA filed a “termination report” with the Federal Election Commission Thursday, notifying the agency that it would be shutting down its PAC. The PAC refunded its last $29,423 to the contributors, including Mark Magliocchetti, brother of PMA founder Paul Magliocchetti.
But PMA has essentially collapsed; most of PMA’s lobbyists have bolted the firm, with one group breaking off to form its own lobbying outfit, while others have sought employment with other lobbying organization.
Continue reading “Jack Mur-tha… come out to play-a-yay…”
“Rust never sleeps.“
[UPDATE] Oh, this just got better. Via Hot Air:
Lobbyist Inquiry Appears to Be Widening
WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are looking into the possibility that a prominent lobbyist may have funneled bogus campaign contributions to his mentor, Representative John P. Murtha, as well as other lawmakers, two people familiar with the investigator’s questions said Tuesday.
(H/T: Instapundit) But by the time we’re done, the word will be “dwarves*”:
Dems’ ethical troubles reminiscent of GOPers’ headaches as majority
Despite President Obama’s repeated pledge to usher in a new, more ethical climate in Washington, House Democrats’ ethical troubles have begun to resemble those the GOP had when it occupied the majority just three years ago.
In many ways, the developments are more difficult for Democrats because they rose to power, at least in part, by vowing to right the ethical wrongs of the past.
And now Democratic leaders are facing new ethics questions as a senior Democrat is under fire for his ties to two firms under FBI investigation.
Continue reading Dem’s ethical troubles “reminiscent?” Well, this week, at least.