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Corrupt PMA Group Has Over 1/4th of the House on Their Payroll

Posted by iusbvision on March 15, 2009

For the list of who is taking money form PMA group, and the earmarks they have gotten for PMA clients, and PMA’s client list follow the link

Associated Content.com:

Rod Blagojevich may have been taken down for alleged “Pay to Play,” but how far away were his actions from, as he asserted, “Politics as Usual”?

The PMA Group, one of Washington D.C.’s biggest and most influential lobbyist firms, has ties to more than one-fourth of the House of Representatives, members who appropriated $300 Million for the firm in the fiscal year 2008 Defense Spending Bill alone.

The eye of the storm is centered on the relationship between Rep. John Murtha and his former aide on the House Appropriates Committee, Paul Magliocchetti, who went on to found PMA in 1989.

SInce 1989 the PMA Group has established itself as a force on Capitol Hill, lobbying for 131 different companies and organizations ranging in everything from defense contractors to municipalities and universities. In 2007, when the $300 Million in one bill (PL 110-116) took place, PMA Group earned $16,470,132 in lobbying income.

The PMA Group was raided in November by the FBI as they investigate allegations of fraud and bribery, including reimbursing employees for campaign contributions made to congressional members who supported PMA Group interests. Since then the PMA Group has announced that they will be shutting down operations by the end of March, 2009.

While lobbying efforts by PMA Group were bi-partisan, one common feature of their highest donated to congressional members were their Membership in the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, including all five of their top contributed-to lawmakers.

Senator Tom Coburn introduced an amendment into Senate debate today barring any earmarks from going to current or former PMA Group clients, of which there is an estimated $10 million of more in the current Omnibus Spending Bill (HR 1105), which is in debate. The $410 Billion spending bill is a collection of all departmental spending and appropriations for the remained of Fiscal Year 2009, which has been operating under a Continuing Resolution that runs out March 6, 2009.

The Coburn Amendment was defeated 38-57.

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