Monday, March 02, 2009

Murtha & PMA--the King of Pork is the also the King of kickbacks...

According to Open Secrets:
The chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), who has helped insert more than $100 million in defense-related earmarks into appropriations bills for 2008, according to government watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense, collected the most from PMA and its clients among all subcommittee members--$2.4 million. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) is next, having brought in $1.4 million. The PMA clients that have given the most since 1998 to the subcommittee's current members are three well-known defense companies: Lockheed Martin ($862,700), General Dynamics ($693,400) and Boeing ($578,600). (This research commences in 1998 because that's how far back CRP's lobbying data goes.)

The following two tables include: 1) A list of current members on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee who have received money from lobbying firm PMA Group and the employees and PACs of its clients since 1998 and 2) A list of the PMA Group clients that have contributed through their employees and PACs to current members of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee since 1998.

Members of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee who have received contributions from PMA Group and the firm's clients:



John P. Murtha (D-Pa)


Pete Visclosky (D-Ind)


Jim Moran (D-Va)


Norm Dicks (D-Wash)


C. W. Bill Young (R-Fla)


Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)


Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan)


Kay Granger (R-Texas)


Hal Rogers (R-Ky)


Jack Kingston (R-Ga)


Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio)


Allen Boyd (D-Fla)


Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (D-Ga)


Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)


Steven R. Rothman (D-NJ)


Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich)


I suppose if you're going to be doing something, it always pays to do your best. Especially when your best talent involves lining your pockets at taxpayer expense.

Way to go, Jack Murtha--whether it's pork, or graft, or corruption, you're still the king!