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You would think that Congress would have an easy time halting earmarks obtained by a lobbying firm recently raided by the feds and the subject of an ongoing federal investigation.
Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, I’m told by a good source, is seeking to offer an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2009 omnibus spending bill that would strike $26 million worth of earmarks for projects or for clients of the PMA Group. “None of the funds made available under this Act may be obligated or otherwise expended for any congressionally directed spending item for any client of a lobbying firm under Federal investigation, including the PMA Group,” says the amendment, of which I’ve seen a copy.
But thus far, the source said, Democrats in Congress were blocking the proposal. Which is no surprise since PMA Group makes the overwhelming share of its political contributions, and maintains the closest ties, with the majority party.
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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