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Mr. Visclosky, 59, was one of the lawmakers with the closest ties to PMA until its recent collapse. He relied heavily on the firm for campaign fund-raising, earmarked millions of dollars each year to its clients and maintained a close bond with a former aide who worked as a PMA lobbyist…
One Visclosky project has attracted special attention from critics as an example of the cozy ties among the lawmaker, the firm and its clients: the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana. Mr. Visclosky created the nonprofit center with more than $7 million in earmarks beginning in 2002, saying it would encourage entrepreneurship in his economically depressed district. But its federally subsidized facilities were quickly filled by branch offices of established government contractors who are clients of the PMA Group.
For the record, I would note here that the Visclosky-PMA ties and the story of the Purdue Technology Center were first reported here, three years ago. That story ran about eighteen months before a similar piece by Roll Call, which the Times credited for having originally reported on the Technology Center and PMA’s ties to Visclosky.
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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