‘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 »
Jake Towne for Congress – Pennsylvania 15th District
Constitutional conservative Jake Towne, a Chemical Engineer by trade, has a firm understanding of how the free market functions. However, he has been so disturbed by the federal manipulation of our economy that he has decided to put his career on pause in order to pursue the rectification of policies which are pushing our country towards tyranny. Thus, he is taking the fiscal fight from | Read More »
Tags: 15th district
, chemical engineer
, Ed Rendell
, Federal Reserve
, Health Care
, Hedge Fund
, Jake Towne
, john murtha
, pay to play
, pension fund
, special interest
, Stephen Schwarzman
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 »
Another Day, Another Democrat With Ethics Questions
Norm Dicks, come on down! Last year, Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) secured five defense earmarks for private companies in his hometown of Bremerton, Wash., worth a total of $10 million. Four of the companies shared something in common — they were all represented by the PMA Group, the now- defunct lobbying firm that has spurred an investigation of earmarks by the House ethics committee. PMA | Read More »
House Ethics Panel Investigates Murtha, Visclosky, Moran
No surprise here: The House ethics committee indicated Thursday that it was reviewing the links between a number of lawmakers and the now-defunct lobbying firm The PMA Group. The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, as the panel is called, issued a statement responding to a resolution (H Res 500) the House adopted June 3. The resolution directed the ethics committee to notify the chamber | 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 »
Visclosky Steps Aside Amid Ethics Investigation [UPDATED]
Update: Since I posted on this earlier, Roll Call reports that Visclosky’s Chief of Staff has resigned his post. Does he know something about the pave and possible outcome of the DoJ investigation? Chuck Brimmer, chief of staff to Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), has resigned, leaving the lawmaker without a longtime senior aide as he confronts a federal investigation into his ties to the now-defunct | 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.