12-term Dem Congressman embroiled in missing money question

posted at 2:43 pm on September 7, 2007 by Bryan

Politico has the tale. The name “Hsu” does not come up. The name “Murtha,” however, does.

A twisted tale of congressional earmarking has taken another turn.

The U.S. Navy wants a business owned by the family of Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski to hand over a piece of high-tech equipment bought with some of the $9.25 million in taxpayer funds Kanjorski steered to the company.

Except no one seems to know where to find the equipment — a high-pressure pump. The mystery of the missing pump, combined with newly unearthed evidence that federal investigators probed Kanjorski’s connections to the company, Cornerstone Technologies, has given new life to a story that seems unlikely to go away.

Kanjorski denies any wrongdoing:

“I have no relationship to the Cornerstone company and have had no involvement in the company’s legal proceedings, except I indicated my willingness to give a deposition,” he said in a statement to Politico. If Cornerstone owes the Navy something, he said, “that is a matter between the contracting parties.”

Cornerstone’s lawyer was unaware of the pump and said the Navy never mentioned it.

But…

An admitted science geek who became enchanted by the idea of using high-powered water jets to break down materials for use in composites, Kanjorski encouraged the creation of Cornerstone in the late 1990s to develop — and one day commercialize — the technology. It was formed by his nephew, Peter Kanjorski, and a scientist, Bruce Conrad, who were joined in the company by four of the congressman’s other nephews and his daughter.

In 1998, with the help of Rep. John P. Murtha, a fellow Pennsylvanian and the top Democrat on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Kanjorski earmarked $3.5 million for the research through the Navy.

Expect the MSM to do exactly nothing with this story. It fits the “culture of corruption” meme to a T. But it originates in the wrong party.

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Ooooh… another episode of Name that PartyTM!

Hoodlumman on September 7, 2007 at 2:47 PM

How dare you mention his party?!

Christoph on September 7, 2007 at 2:50 PM

Only the Republican half of congress is “corrupt” the Democrats are just “enterprising” business men whose actions are totally misunderstood. At least they probably won’t find the pump in his freezer.

duff65 on September 7, 2007 at 2:50 PM

Hmmm corruption in the democrat party and John Murtha’s name comes up, how odd…

doriangrey on September 7, 2007 at 2:51 PM

In his same position, I’d duct tape a bunch of crap together and deliver it to the Navy.

“What do you mean it doesn’t work? It must have gotten damaged during shipment.”

natesnake on September 7, 2007 at 2:52 PM

They actually put his Dem party affiliation in the fourth paragraph, which is a marked improvement from where it usually is, the last line or not at all.

Bad Candy on September 7, 2007 at 2:53 PM

“I have no relationship to the Cornerstone company and have had no involvement in the company’s legal proceedings, except I indicated my willingness to give a deposition,” he said in a statement to Politico. If Cornerstone owes the Navy something, he said, “that is a matter between the contracting parties.”

Honestly, this sort of thing isn’t my bag, baby!

James on September 7, 2007 at 2:54 PM

The mystery of the missing pump, combined with newly unearthed evidence that federal investigators probed Kanjorski’s connections to the company, Cornerstone Technologies, has given new life to a story that seems unlikely to go away.

Umm…. gonna have to disagree with that assumption. I’m sure this will be mentioned on every dinosaur media show tonight — not.

lan astaslem on September 7, 2007 at 2:59 PM

Only the Republican half of congress is “corrupt” the Democrats are just “enterprising” business men whose actions are totally misunderstood.
duff65 on September 7, 2007 at 2:50 PM

Actually, the Dems may be corrupt, but they don’t claim to not be corrupt, so it’s okay. “Most ethical Congress in history” means they only take money from The People (meaning unions and trial lawyers), not those icky Corporations.

eeyore on September 7, 2007 at 3:05 PM

You are being hypocritical. The dems think it is okay to do this, therfore if caught it is okay. The Republicans think it is wrong, so if caught they are hypocrites.

And being hypocritical is worse than being a lying, cheating, thieving, scumbag of a politian.

right2bright on September 7, 2007 at 3:11 PM

12-term Dem Congressman embroiled in missing money question

Have they checked William Jefferson’s freezer?

ReubenJCogburn on September 7, 2007 at 3:12 PM

And they all wonder why their approval ratings are lower than used car salesmen.

BacaDog on September 7, 2007 at 3:14 PM

You can do anything
But Don’t Tap
On my Blue Suede Shoes

Wade on September 7, 2007 at 3:15 PM

In 1998, with the help of Rep. John P. Murtha, a fellow Pennsylvanian and the top Democrat on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Kanjorski earmarked $3.5 million for the research through the Navy.

Must have been for the Iranian Navy.

fogw on September 7, 2007 at 3:20 PM

Murtha found another fartsack to help him pilfer.

Wade on September 7, 2007 at 3:24 PM

Most ethical Congress evah.

CP on September 7, 2007 at 3:32 PM

Damn, are ‘democrat’ and ‘nepotism’ and ‘corruption’ ALL listed under the same heading in the thesaurus?

shooter on September 7, 2007 at 3:35 PM

Most ethical Congress evah.

CP on September 7, 2007 at 3:32 PM

Pelosi must have been using the Bill Clinton definition of ethical…

doriangrey on September 7, 2007 at 3:36 PM

The U.S. Navy wants a business owned by the family of Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski to hand over a piece of high-tech equipment bought with some of the $9.25 million in taxpayer funds Kanjorski steered to the company.

this is sort of long, but was on C-Span and Murtha tried to say that things developed and patented using earmarked funds were owned by taxpayer — of course he was LYING – but it would be nice to see his words bite him in the butt

Here is a partial transcript of the debate between Campbell and Murtha.

Congressman Campbell began to question King Murtha about $2 million he earmarked for the Sherwin Williams paint supply company. Murtha became very defensive and more than a little angry. The transcript doesn�t do Murtha�s answers justice. Campbell was speaking in a normal, respectful tone. Murtha�s answers were mostly shouted in a bullying tone.

REP. JOHN MURTHA (D), PENNSYLVANIA: Our staff went over every one of these earmarks very carefully. And it’s not in our highest priority list, but I’m sure that the military is interested in this kind of research, because it’s so important to the military.

REP. JOHN CAMPBELL (R), CALIFORNIA: If I may inquire further, Mr. Chairman, you said you’re sure the military. So you’re not aware if, in fact, the military has asked for this kind of technology?

(At this point there was a pregnant pause of about half a minute, in which Murtha refused to answer. Campbell continued�)

CAMPBELL: I guess the answer to that is no. What investigations have been done to determine that this technology could actually even be effective? And I’m happy to yield to the gentleman?

MURTHA: We have a $459 billion bill. We look at every one. We attend � we ask the members to vet them. Our staff vets them. We go over every single earmark. We don’t apologize for them, because we think the members know as much about what goes on in the district and what needs to be done for the Defense Department as the bureaucrats in the Defense Department.

CAMPBELL: Then I’m sure if the gentleman goes over every single one that he can answer the question. What investigations, what research has been done to determine that this technology could be effective and is worth $2 million of taxpayer funds?

(Once again, Murtha refused to answer Campbell�s question, but if looks could kill Campbell would have been both dead and buried.)

In summary, Murtha has set aside $2 Million for a paint company (which just happens to be in his district) for research on a product that the Pentagon has not requested and does not want or need. No studies have been done to determine if the product even has a potential to help the military. Worse, he did not put the contract out for competitive bidding.

By the way, if Sherwin Williams does develop some kind of product, they will own the patent that tax dollars have paid for. If they sell it to the military, the American taxpayer will pay for it TWICE, because we will have to buy the rights from Sherwin Williams. And you can be sure that if it is a successful project, the paint company will not sell it to America for the paltry sum of $2 Million. No, a successful product will be worth much more than that…

LINK

Topsecretk9 on September 7, 2007 at 3:38 PM

the way military contracts are written all of the dedicated tooling and physical end products of the contract excecution as well as soft ware produced (whether it was successful or not)are property of the navy and must be surrendered on demand.

if this is not done or cannot be done then all of the officers of the company are subject to prosecution.

for example the lead dies for forming the fuselage of the P51 were used by the navy 40 years after the end of contract for weights to test super large barge cranes.

this part of the standard contract was set up to catch paper shuffles that involve government money going to a contractor and no work product comming back.

C

pk on September 7, 2007 at 3:40 PM

Topsecretk9 on September 7, 2007 at 3:38 PM

I watched that one, it was/is infuriating.

shooter on September 7, 2007 at 3:40 PM

Topsecretk9 on September 7, 2007 at 3:38 PM

no,no,no, the government aka department of defense, aka united states navy owns any and all patents granted to the executor of the contract.

no doubt about it.

C

pk on September 7, 2007 at 3:42 PM

9.25 million for a pump? At that price a red flag should have been flying before it even went missing. 20,000 dollar nuts, 40,000 dollar bolts. Everytime I see another one of these stories, in my wildest dreams I can’t even imagine the amount of fraud and waste of our hard earned tax dollars….Holy corruption Batman!

soulsirkus on September 7, 2007 at 3:44 PM

Perhaps that’s the pump Senator Craig was looking for in the men’s room.

saint kansas on September 7, 2007 at 3:54 PM

…for example the lead dies for forming the fuselage of the P51 were used by the navy 40 years after the end of contract for weights to test super large barge cranes…

pk on September 7, 2007 at 3:40 PM

I’m sure what you’re saying about ownership of production tooling is true, but did you maybe misspeak there? The USN never procured or flew the P-51.

Blacklake on September 7, 2007 at 3:59 PM

Holy corruptionClintonism Batman!

soulsirkus on September 7, 2007 at 3:44 PM

All things considered I think this is more accurate.

doriangrey on September 7, 2007 at 4:00 PM

Go over to Instapundit and find another story of Democratic pork barrel shenagians. This one involves Diane Feinstein and the withholding of possible funds for the VA by blocking the sale of property that some Hollywood types use as a park.

LakeRuins on September 7, 2007 at 4:03 PM

the P51 dies went on the “salvage list” this is a list of “excess equipment” circulated in the department of defense on about a quarterly basis (maybe monthly) and any qualified activity can get in touch with the activity that possesses the material, fill out a couple of papers and transport the matierial to wherever they intend to use it.

in this case long beach naval shipyard had to certify that the barge crane YD 171 (aka herman the german) could satisfy the requirements of 125% of 360 tons.

they picked up a large amount of lead (the p51 dies) melted most of them into large steel boxes that weighed out about 25 tons. (they actually weighed the boxes on a certified scale). then built a huge “sled” that the boxes fit into and used that for the work. the sled plus boxes plus tackle for lifting weighed in the neighborhood of 450 tons. they “trimmed” something to achieve the actual weight required.

several of the left over dies were placed on dry dock blocks at the front gate with a cable affair to stop terrorists in case of attack.

C

pk on September 7, 2007 at 4:15 PM

Go over to Instapundit and find another story of Democratic pork barrel shenagians. This one involves Diane Feinstein and the withholding of possible funds for the VA by blocking the sale of property that some Hollywood types use as a park.

LakeRuins on September 7, 2007 at 4:03 PM

Hmmm, would that by any chance be the same Diane Feinstein that funneled billions of dollars in government contracts to her husbands company?

doriangrey on September 7, 2007 at 4:17 PM

I have no relationship to the Cornerstone company

No ‘relationships’ – just lots of RELATIONS!

his nephew, Peter Kanjorski, and a scientist, Bruce Conrad, who were joined in the company by four of the congressman’s other nephews and his daughter.

Reminds me of:

“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the–if he–if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not–that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement….Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.”

fred5678 on September 7, 2007 at 4:18 PM

Has anyone checked his fridge?

Dems that get caught stealing get to chair committees.

Hening on September 7, 2007 at 4:18 PM

Dean has his 50-state plan. I think we need to come up with one of our own. So far today (without really looking), I’ve been able to add new PA and Louisiana stories on Dem corruption to my file.

Connie on September 7, 2007 at 4:33 PM

This must be one of those (Dhim) cultural differences that Whoopi was talking about.

Harpoon on September 7, 2007 at 4:38 PM

I have been thinking that since Congress seems to have different laws then the rest of us, we should suspend habeas corpus for them too.

The FBI should immediately lock every one of them up until they all can prove their innocence. I bet less than 5% are clean.
I say this tongue in cheek but the systems they work under breed corruption. And we need wholesale change to procedures.

Term limits would be the simplest way to stop the madness.
Scrap their super duper retirement program and let them be stuck with the worthless social security plan we all have to contribute to.

TheSitRep on September 7, 2007 at 4:40 PM

Except no one seems to know where to find the equipment — a high-pressure pump.

Look in his garage, he’s been using it to pressure wash his house.

moonsbreath on September 7, 2007 at 4:59 PM

Term limits would be the simplest way to stop the madness.
Scrap their super duper retirement program and let them be stuck with the worthless social security plan we all have to contribute to.

TheSitRep on September 7, 2007 at 4:40 PM

To add to that upon completion of there limited term there should be a federally mandated investigation into all of their and their families finances. Find out exactly where every penny that have socked away is and where it came from, and full prosecution of anyone who cannot adequately explain where their money came from.

doriangrey on September 7, 2007 at 5:05 PM

Hey, you’re violating the sacred laws of journalism by identifying his political party!

(Please note that this sacred law only applies to Dems.)

Master Shake on September 7, 2007 at 5:35 PM

There’s probably enought dirt on Murtha to get him ousted if the msm would look hard enough.

WisCon on September 7, 2007 at 5:46 PM

12-term Dem Congressman embroiled in missing money question

Term Limits! Term Limits! Term Limits! Term Limits!

Mallard T. Drake on September 7, 2007 at 6:08 PM

There’s probably enought dirt on Murtha to get him ousted if the msm would look hard enough.

WisCon on September 7, 2007 at 5:46 PM

They wouldn’t even have to look very hard, just look at all would do it, same with Diane Feinstein, just look it’s all right there in plain sight.

doriangrey on September 7, 2007 at 6:13 PM

From Dirty Harry to Botox Nancy and down to the average Democratic Congressman/Senator, the culture of corruption STINKS OF JACKASS.

Democrats SUCK!

georgej on September 7, 2007 at 6:42 PM

Term Limits?

Hell I’ll be happy with simple Accountability! Both Jefferson and Murtha (and Feinstein) should have been kicked (in the ass HARD) all the way out of their jobs.

Instead the MSM covers for them.

CrazyFool on September 7, 2007 at 6:48 PM

This is all great…now when are they going to go after the big fish, Feinstein and her habit (past habint now that she has been removed) of shoveling bids to her husbands businesses.

They better be saving this for election time.

right2bright on September 7, 2007 at 11:54 PM