Rep. Pete Visclosky was one of the top recipients of contributions from PMA Group. He endorsed some form of investigation of the lobbying firm that was raided by the FBI — “What form that action takes, who offers it, how it will turn out, I don’t know,” he said last month. In his fiscal year 2010 earmark requests, just posted online, he requested no earmarks for former clients of PMA Group.
I noticed that he requested an earmark for Duneland School Corporation of Chesterton, Ind. for $500,000 that will “include the installation of solar panels to demonstrate photovoltaic technology and help power the school,” among other things. The name rang a bell because it turned up in my search for new lobbying registrations by state and local governments and public school systems. LNE Group represented the school system — they have a PAC, though they didn’t make any contributions to Visclosky in the 2008 cycle.