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Campaign Cash Coincidences? Murtha Gives Earmarks to Murtha Donors

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Lobbyists, campaign cash and earmarks: Roll Call's Tory Newmyer, with help Taxpayers for Common Sense, shows ($$) the correlations:

Every private entity that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) favored with an earmark in this year’s defense bill recently has given political money to the lawmaker, according to an analysis of House Appropriations and federal elections records by Roll Call and Taxpayers for Common Sense. PACs and employees of those 26 groups together have contributed $413,250 to Murtha since the beginning of 2005. He collected nearly a quarter of the sum — $100,750 — in the two weeks leading up to March 16, the original deadline for lawmakers to file their earmark requests.
Murtha's not alone in this. Anu ran contribution numbers from earmark recipients favored by Rep. James Moran, a fellow appropriator, for the current election cycle: companies that are in line to receive some $24 million in earmarks contributed $75,800 to Moran's campaign committee. We didn't even get around to running the numbers for his leadership PAC yet. [Update: After running the PAC numbers, Anu found that contributions figure rises to $99,900...]

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Murtha: Ethics Reform “Total Crap”

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Anti-war darling Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) is running for Majority Leader in the soon-to-be Demcratic House with a bit of ethics baggage. He's been video taped in the FBI sting ABSCAM back in the 1980s and is a prolific earmarker to defense contractors that hire the lobbying firms the PMA Group and KSA Consulting, which employs his brother Kit. And now Murtha has decided to shovel dirt onto this pile (presumably shoveling from the hole that he is digging). Roll Call reports that in a meeting with Blue Dog Democrats Murtha referred to the ethics reform proposal that Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) intends to make the first bill passed in the 110th Congress as "total crap".

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