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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
Number of free condoms handed out by the Brazilian government in advance of Carnival this year:
The best way to measure happiness is simply to ask people how happy they are.
Following three weeks of clashes between protesters and government forces that killed at least 17 people, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced a two-day extension of Carnival. “Happiness will conquer the embittered,” he said during an appearance at a recreation center.
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