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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
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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