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As noted here last night, the FBI has raided a lobby shop, PMA, which is closely enmeshed with Congressman John Murtha, chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, last year alone PMA’s clients received 154 earmarks worth $299.5 million from Murtha’s subcommittee.
PMA is a major political contributor, giving Murtha $26,700 during the current election cycle. That makes the firm his 10th biggest contributor.
Records compiled by opensecrets.org show that PMA is among the top twenty contributor to 26 other House Democrats, including Carolyn McCarthy, Mike Doyle, Silvestre Reyes and Pete Visclosky. The latter’s ties to PMA are just as close as Murtha’s.
Incidentally, PMA gives overwhelmingly to Democrats but also provides for the GOP. The firm is also a top 20 donor to at least six Republicans.
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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