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More Pay to Play Corruption in Congress – Democrats 9 of top 10 worst offenders

Posted by iusbvision on February 19, 2009

The Democrats have held total power for a month and yet another on a long series of corruption scandals have come to light.

Here is CQ’s list of the 104 members who took money from PMA.

Congressional Quarterly:

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 contributionsto 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.

See CQ’s list of House members who secured earmarks for clients of The PMA Group in the fiscal 2008 defense appropriations law.

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.

Ed Morrissey at Hotair was kind enough to format the top 10 offenders for use on wordpress and as you can see Indiana’s own Pete Visclosky is at the top of the crook list.

Name             State Party   Pork(millions)  PMA Donations
Peter Visclosky   IN     D       $23.8            $219,000
John Murtha       PA     D       $34.1            $143,600
James Moran       VA     D       $10.8            $125,200
Norm Dicks        WA     D       $12.1            $91,600
Bill Pascrell     NJ     D       $2.4             $73,200
David Hobson      OH     R       $3.5             $70,050
Mike Doyle        PA     D       $1.6             $69,400
Loretta Sanchez   CA     D       $3.2             $60,118
Tim Holden        PA     D       $3.2             $57,275
Tim Ryan          OH     D       $3.2             $54,250

2 Responses to “More Pay to Play Corruption in Congress – Democrats 9 of top 10 worst offenders”

  1. Matt said

    It’s a sad state of affairs, isn’t it? This incident inspired us to pull together some research on the issue, along the lines of Representative Flake’s proposal to investigate the connection between campaign contributions and earmarks.

    Our one-page PDF report is available for download here, but here are a couple of quick points:
    -The top ten recipients of defense industry earmarks last year spent an average of $2.7 million each in federal campaign contributions from 2003-2008 and spent an average of $4.9 million to lobby federal officials last year.
    -Those same top-ten firms received an average of $88 million in earmarks in 2008, or $13 for every $1 invested in Washington.
    -The top five Senators and Representatives requesting defense earmarks in 2008 received an average of $259,573 and $699,935, respectively in campaign contributions from industry earmark recipients.

    Thanks for covering this issue.

  2. mjB said

    I bet Rod Blago is even more confused now…..he probably doesn’t understand why HE got in so much trouble but everyone else gets away with it….


    [Thanks so much for that link! – Editor]

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