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uh-oh – Nearly One-Forth of the House got donations from corrupt firm connected to Murtha

uh-oh – Nearly One-Forth of the House got donations from corrupt firm connected to Murtha published on

I suspect there will be some sort of fallout from this here:

More than 100 House members secured earmarks in a major spending bill for clients of a single lobbying firm — The PMA Group — known for its close ties to John P. Murtha , the congressman in charge of Pentagon appropriations.

“It shows you how good they were,” said Keith Ashdown, chief investigator at the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. “The sheer coordination of that would take an army to finish.”

PMA’s offices have been raided, and the firm closed its political action committee last week amid reports that the FBI is investigating possibly illegal campaign contributions to Murtha and other lawmakers.

No matter what the outcome of the federal investigation, PMA’s earmark success illustrates how a well-connected lobbying firm operates on Capitol Hill. And earmark accountability rules imposed by the Democrats in 2007 make it possible to see how extensively PMA worked the Hill for its clients.

In the spending bill managed by Murtha, the fiscal 2008 Defense appropriation, 104 House members got earmarks for projects sought by PMA clients, according to Congressional Quarterly’s analysis of a database constructed by Ashdown’s group.

Those House members, plus a handful of senators, combined to route nearly $300 million in public money to clients of PMA through that one law (PL 110-116).

And when the lawmakers were in need — as they all are to finance their campaigns — PMA came through for them.

According to CQ MoneyLine, the same House members who took responsibility for PMA’s earmarks in that spending bill have, since 2001, accepted a cumulative $1,815,138 in campaign contributions from PMA’s political action committee and employees of the firm.

via CQ Politics | Firm with Murtha Ties Got Earmarks From Nearly One-Fourth of House.

I will simply say this, that ALL of the members of the House and Senate involved with this should resign immediately. This is a disgrace to the political system and should be dealt with harshly; that goes for Democrats AND Republicans.

Update: Here’s the list of people with their hands in the cookie jar:

Bold = Member Did Not Receive PMA Money between 2001 and 2008
* = No Longer Serving in the House
# = Member of House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee in the 110th Congress

Democrats

Requesting Member State $ Secured Solo $ Secured w/Others Total Credited PMA campaign $ since 2001
Peter J. Visclosky# Indiana $21,400,000 $2,400,000 $23,800,000 $219,000
John P. Murtha# Pennsylvania $31,705,000 $2,400,000 $34,105,000 $143,600
James P. Moran# Virginia $8,400,000 $2,400,000 $10,800,000 $125,250
Norm Dicks# Washington $11,330,000 $800,000 $12,130,000 $91,600
Bill Pascrell Jr. New Jersey $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $73,200
Mike Doyle Pennsylvania $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $69,400
Loretta Sanchez California $3,200,000 $3,200,000 $60,118
Tim Holden Pennsylvania $3,200,000 $3,200,000 $57,275
Tim Ryan Ohio $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $54,250
Michael E. Capuano Massachusetts $2,000,000 $800,000 $2,800,000 $54,000
Chet Edwards Texas $6,040,000 $6,040,000 $48,734
Silvestre Reyes Texas $800,000 $800,000 $42,300
Christopher Carney Pennsylvania $5,900,000 $5,900,000 $38,500
Paul E. Kanjorski Pennsylvania $1,600,000 $3,200,000 $4,800,000 $37,150
Marcy Kaptur# Ohio $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $34,500
Carolyn McCarthy New York $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $31,500
Patrick J. Murphy Pennsylvania $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $29,250
Allyson Y. Schwartz Pennsylvania $800,000 $800,000 $25,000
Jason Altmire Pennsylvania $2,600,000 $2,600,000 $24,500
Brad Sherman California $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $15,500
Susan A. Davis California $800,000 $800,000 $13,750
Allen Boyd# Florida $6,400,000 $2,200,000 $8,600,000 $12,000
Sanford D. Bishop Jr.# Georgia $1,200,000 $2,400,000 $3,600,000 $10,500
Jane Harman California $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $10,500
Jim Matheson Utah $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $10,000
Steve Israel New York $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $8,500
Jerrold Nadler New York $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $8,500
Joe Sestak Pennsylvania $1,280,000 $1,280,000 $8,500
Jim Marshall Georgia $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $7,000
Mark Udall* Colorado $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $6,533
Michael H. Michaud Maine $800,000 $800,000 $6,500
Tom Allen* Maine $1,800,000 $1,800,000 $5,750
Danny K. Davis Illinois $295,000 $295,000 $5,500
Robert E. Andrews New Jersey $1,500,000 $1,500,000 $5,000
Gene Taylor Mississippi $800,000 $800,000 $4,750
Nancy Pelosi California $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $4,500
David E. Price North Carolina $800,000 $800,000 $4,000
Steven R. Rothman# New Jersey $800,000 $2,400,000 $3,200,000 $4,000
Brian Higgins New York $3,400,000 $3,400,000 $3,000
Brad Miller North Carolina $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $2,250
Brad Ellsworth Indiana $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $2,000
Ed Perlmutter Colorado $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $2,000
Phil Hare Illinois $6,800,000 $6,800,000 $1,500
Martin Meehan* Massachusetts $2,800,000 $2,800,000 $1,500
Howard L. Berman California $800,000 $800,000 $1,000
Carolyn B. Maloney New York $3,200,000 $3,200,000 $1,000
Ben Chandler Kentucky $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $250
Shelley Berkley Nevada $2,400,000 $2,400,000
Dan Boren Oklahoma $2,000,000 $2,000,000
Leonard L. Boswell Iowa $1,650,000 $1,650,000
Baron P. Hill Indiana $1,600,000 $1,600,000
Gwen Moore Wisconsin $400,000 $400,000
Christopher S. Murphy Connecticut $400,000 $400,000
Mike Thompson California $1,000,000 $1,000,000

Republicans

Requesting Member State $ Secured Solo $ Secured w/Others Total Credited PMA campaign $ since 2001
David L. Hobson*# Ohio $3,500,000 $3,500,000 $70,050
Jerry Lewis California $4,000,000 $4,000,000 $8,000,000 $34,649
Rodney Frelinghuysen# New Jersey $2,500,000 $4,800,000 $7,300,000 $29,129
Ander Crenshaw Florida $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $27,300
Zach Wamp Tennessee $2,800,000 $2,800,000 $23,900
Todd Tiahrt# Kansas $5,000,000 $2,000,000 $7,000,000 $21,250
Tom Reynolds* New York $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $12,000
Jack Kingston# Georgia $4,000,000 $2,400,000 $6,400,000 $11,500
H. James Saxton* New Jersey $2,000,000 $1,500,000 $3,500,000 $11,500
Jo Ann Emerson Missouri $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $11,000
C.W. Bill Young# Florida $16,000,000 $4,400,000 $20,400,000 $10,750
Howard P. “Buck” McKeon California $1,000,000 $4,000,000 $5,000,000 $9,500
Heather Wilson* New Mexico $6,500,000 $6,500,000 $9,000
Jim Walsh* New York $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $8,500
Mark Steven Kirk Illinois $390,000 $390,000 $7,750
Todd Akin Missouri $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $7,500
Ray LaHood* Illinois $7,800,000 $7,800,000 $7,450
Jeff Miller Florida $1,600,000 $2,200,000 $3,800,000 $7,000
Duncan Hunter* California $15,200,000 $15,200,000 $6,500
Chris Cannon* Utah $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $6,000
Kay Granger Texas $3,600,000 $3,600,000 $6,000
Joe Knollenberg* Michigan $2,800,000 $2,800,000 $6,000
David Dreier California $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $5,000
Jim Gerlach Pennsylvania $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $4,500
Tom Latham Iowa $5,150,000 $5,150,000 $4,500
Joe L. Barton Texas $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $4,000
J. Dennis Hastert* Illinois $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $3,500
Roscoe G. Bartlett Maryland $400,000 $400,000 $3,000
Peter Hoekstra Michigan $3,700,000 $3,700,000 $2,500
Howard Coble North Carolina $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $2,000
John T. Doolittle* California $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $2,000
Kenny Hulshof* Missouri $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $2,000
Steve Pearce* New Mexico $6,500,000 $6,500,000 $2,000
Bill Shuster Pennsylvania $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $2,000
Frank A. LoBiondo New Jersey $1,500,000 $1,500,000 $1,500
Rob Bishop Utah $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $1,000
Geoff Davis Kentucky $6,800,000 $6,800,000 $1,000
Virgil H. Goode Jr.* Virginia $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $1,000
Doug Lamborn Colorado $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $1,000
Kenny Marchant Texas $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $1,000
Christopher Shays* Connecticut $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $1,000
John Sullivan Oklahoma $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $1,000
Tom Tancredo* Colorado $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $1,000
Michael C. Burgess Texas $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $500
Ralph M. Hall Texas $2,400,000 $2,400,000
Doc Hastings Washington $1,600,000 $1,600,000
Sam Johnson Texas $1,200,000 $1,200,000
Todd R. Platts Pennsylvania $4,400,000 $4,400,000
Rick Renzi* Arizona $2,400,000 $2,400,000
Pete Sessions Texas $1,600,000 $4,800,000 $6,400,000

Wow. Can’t wait for the fallout.

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