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Arizona Republican Jeff Flake put out a press release tonight saying that he had found “at least eight earmarks in the omnibus spending bill for clients of the PMA Group, an earmark lobbying firm reportedly under federal investigation.” Flake’s list is below. He didn’t reveal the members of Congress who sponsored the earmarks, but I’ve added their names in parenthesis, based on information circulating on the Hill. A number of the sponsors, including Congressmen Pete Visclosky, Tim Ryan, and Mike Doyle, are major recipients of PMA campaign donations.
NuVant Systems, Inc.–Direct Methanol Fuel Cell. $951,500 (Pete Visclosky, D-Indiana)
PPG, Inc.–Solar Energy Windows and Smart IR Switchable Building Technologies. $1,189,375 (Mike Doyle and Jason Altmire, both Democrats from Pennsylvania)
Alpha Micron, Inc.–Adaptive Liquid Crystal Windows. $951,500 (Tim Ryan, D-Ohio)
Quallion–Anti-idling Lithium Ion Battery Program. $951,500 (Brad Sherman, D-CA)
Parametric Technology Corp.–Advanced Engineering Environment for Sandia National Lab. $1,427,250 (Stephen Lynch, D-Massachusetts)
Parametric Technology Corp.–Multi-Disciplined Integrated Collaborative Environment (MDICE). $951,500 (Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri)
Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.–Hydrogen Optical Fiber Sensors. $951,500 (Jane Harman, D-California)
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc.–CATALYST: Explorations in Aerospace and Innovation Education Program. $400,000 (John Larson, D-Connecticut)
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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