‘Most Ethical Congress in History.’ Man, that *never* gets old.
Forget ‘outraged’: if anyone is surprised then they haven’t been paying attention. Lobbyists and corporate officials talked bluntly in e-mail exchanges about connections between making generous campaign donations and securing federal funds through members of an important House Appropriations subcommittee, according to not-yet-public documents reviewed by ethics investigators. In summer 2007, for example, senior executives at [Innovative Concepts] tried to figure out which of them | Read More »
Jack Murtha (D): INCOMPETENT Earmarker?
I mean, it’s bad enough that he’s doing it: but apparently it’s not even working. In 2005, Rep. John P. Murtha announced here that a technology firm was moving into an abandoned plate glass factory. Best of all, he promised, the new firm would generate 140 jobs. The Pennsylvania Democrat steered $150 million in defense money to Caracal Inc., along with a $3 million grant | Read More »
Apparently Rep. Anna Eschoo (D*, CA) has a different definition…
…of ‘courageous stand‘ than I, and probably you, do: Pelosi’s silence on [PMA-linked Rep. Pete] Visclosky [D*, IN] has been deafening considering how quickly she moved to strip committee memberships from the last member of her brood to become the target of a federal investigation, former congressman Jefferson. Rep. Anna Eschoo, a California Democrat and one of Pelosi’s closest friends on the Hill, argues that | Read More »
Is Pelosi holding off on the PMA probe because of Jim Moran?
Trying to ensure that Brian Moran’s bid for Virginia Governor isn’t overshadowed by his brother going to jail is as good an explanation as any for the Democrats’ unwillingness to throw a few of their own to the wolves. Although Chris Stirewalt’s theory (H/T: Instapundit): Americans generally have low ethical expectations for their politicians. A little double-talking or some womanizing or an oversized ego have | Read More »
Murtha’s Nephew under the media microscope.
When a newspaper is associating pictures like this: …to stories about said politician’s nephew: well, articles like this are almost redundant. Nephew Mentioned Rep. Murtha in Dealings as Contractor Robert C. Murtha Jr. has made a sizable living for years working with companies that rely on Pentagon contracts over which his uncle, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), holds considerable sway. He has maintained that his | Read More »
Anti-corruption groups want PMA probe.
This will do. For a start. Via Geraghty: Watchdog Groups Join Calls for PMA Probe House Democratic leaders face new pressure from four watchdog groups usually allied with them to open an investigation into the ties between three powerful Democrats and the now-defunct lobbying firm The PMA Group. Democracy 21, Common Cause, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG on Thursday called on the House Committee on | Read More »
Best Served Cold Watch: Obama abandoning Murtha.
I have to admit that when it comes to avenging slights made against it this administration has both total recall and infinite patience. What’s below (via Instapundit) is probably the most important part of this New York Times article about Jack Murtha’s travails: While past presidents often courted Mr. Murtha with phone calls and private meetings, President Obama has extended to him no such courtesies. | Read More »
Rep. Jim Moran’s (D, VA) brother sudden recipient of defense largesse.
In a stunning coincidence*, there seems to be a certain correlation between the contributions of the Virginian Moran Boys: Moran Campaign Contributors Have Business Before Brother More than a dozen defense contractors with business before U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), a member of the powerful House Appropriations defense subcommittee, have donated thousands of dollars to Moran’s younger brother Brian, a candidate for governor | Read More »
Carolyn McCarthy (D, NY-04): PMA Porker.
I mention this not so much because she’s unique – she isn’t, especially among Democrats – but because she has her eye on higher office these days. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has made it clear that she may launch a primary challenge against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), whom McCarthy deems too conservative to represent one of the most liberal states in the country. But McCarthy | Read More »
PMA head used family members to pay off Democrat appropriators.
I’m not a federal prosecutor. That means that I don’t have to bend over backward to avoid making what is really a fairly obvious statement. Via Instapundit: PMA Lobbyist, Relatives Gave Lawmakers $1.5 Million Since 2000 A defense lobbyist and his family made $1.5 million in political contributions from 2000 through 2008 as the lobbyist’s now-embattled firm helped clients win billions of dollars in federal | Read More »
Fausta’s podcast (03/16/09): Engel, PMA, and organic food.
In which I Jacobin all over the place again. Link here, or listen below. I like doing these, so you’re stuck with me mentioning these when I do them. Some of the posts that I mentioned: PMA Engel Organic food Sites I mentioned: Is this blog on? Protein Wisdom Track a ‘crat Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Flake’s second call for ethics probe defeated by Democrats.
Well, Rep. Flake tried to get the Democrats to vote in favor of ethical behavior again, and again they voted him down. Via Instapundit: House turns back call for PMA probe The House on Thursday night turned back another call to investigate the PMA Group, a once-powerful lobbying firm whose offices were recently raided by the FBI and which has close ties to Pennsylvania Rep. | Read More »
Peter Visclosky’s (D IN-01) links to PMA pay-for-play?
“Troubled.” How droll. It’s Pete Visclosky (D, IN-01), by the way. I repeat it because the AP can’t seem to. Visclosky’s ties to troubled PMA Group run deep. WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky has promised to return money from donors with ties to a troubled lobbying group, but critics say his ties to PMA Group run deep. The northwest Indiana congressman’s former chief | Read More »
Democrats reject Flake Corruption Probe.
(Followup to this post) The bad news, of course, is that majority party Democrats are adamant against having any investigation into whether there are links between campaign contributions and earmarks in bills – which is very interesting, given that they control Congress, and thus can presumably make sure that the proceedings are fair… The House voted Wednesday to kill a resolution calling for an ethics | Read More »
Rep. Jeff Flake’s anti-earmark resolution up today.
As you know, it’s in response to the PMA meltdown/outrage (see here for some background posts): Rep. Flake targets earmarks amidst PMA controversy Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), the House’s most vocal critic of pork barrel spending, is trying to shake the ethics committee into action on the link between earmarks and campaign contributors. Flake has seized on the public corruption investigation of PMA Group, a | Read More »
Looking at the PMA Porkers: An examination of CQ’s List of Appropriators.
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: Requesting Member Total Credited | Read More »
, Jack Murtha
Paging Congressman Murtha.
Congressman? Run. Moe Lane
“Jack Mur-tha… come out to play-a-yay…”
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. | Read More »