Murtha got big rescue from pork donors in 2008

posted at 10:48 am on January 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

When John Murtha got in trouble in the 2008 election, he needed cash — badly.  And that’s precisely how he got it, according to a Roll Call report today.  Pork recipients flocked to their meal ticket when it looked as though accusing his constituents of being racist rednecks might actually lose Murtha an election, and a lobbying company run by a former Murtha staffer apparently coordinated the effort:

Facing a surprisingly tough re-election challenge in the closing days of his 2008 campaign, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) called on a well-established network of his earmarking beneficiaries to bail him out. And the defense industry contractors, several of whom had pulled down millions of dollars in Murtha earmarks in the 2009 defense spending bill, responded by flooding his coffers with what amounted to rescue cash.

The Defense appropriations cardinal’s more than $1 million haul in the last two weeks of the campaign included about $40,000 from employees of nine contractors that together received $60.6 million in targeted projects from Murtha last year, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission records and House Appropriations Committee documents.

Four of those companies are clients of the PMA Group Inc., a lobbying firm founded by a former top Murtha aide that has emerged in recent years as a leading source of the lawmaker’s campaign funds. Altogether, PMA employees and their clients contributed more than $110,000 in the final two weeks of the campaign. And while many of those outfits have operations in Murtha’s western Pennsylvania district, nine out of every 10 of their checks dropped in from outside the state.

PMA has made a business out of bundling Murtha donations and catering to his whims.  Its clients get access to almost-unlimited pork from Murtha in exchange for campaign contributions, but PMA takes a holistic approach to keeping Elvis Murtha fed.  The lobbying group also caters to Mrs. Murtha, funding her pet social projects with client donations, such as the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, where PMA themselves have become a Silver Sponsor.

How has this worked out for PMA?  About as well as you’d expect.  In 2007, PMA got 17 earmarks for $65 million to its clients.  In 2008, when pork austerity became a bigger issue, Murtha still got $28 million in nine earmarks for PMA clients.  Four of those 2008 clients got $18 million of that money, and they ponied up $30,000 to Murtha in the final days of his last election (Argon ST, MTS Technologies Inc., DRS Technologies Inc. and Advanced Acoustic Concepts).

The big question for Murtha now is whether the federal investigation that raided the two Kuchera businesses last week might expand to include more of his pork recipients.  Here’s hoping, because it’s obvious that Murtha’s for sale, and PMA essentially acts as his pimp.


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Four of those companies are clients of the PMA Group Inc., a lobbying firm founded by a former top Murtha aide that has emerged in recent years as a leading source of the lawmaker’s campaign funds. Altogether, PMA employees and their clients contributed more than $110,000 in the final two weeks of the campaign. And while many of those outfits have operations in Murtha’s western Pennsylvania district, nine out of every 10 of their checks dropped in from outside the state.

Isn’t it AP who has no problem with lobbyists…Allah, you are a little naive.
Sit down and have a little chat with Ed.

right2bright on January 27, 2009 at 10:51 AM

The sad thing is that so many “Americans” vote based on nothing more than which candidate has the most commercials.

MarkTheGreat on January 27, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Murtha, Pelosi, Dodd, Reid, Frank, and Rangel should be in prison.

marklmail on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

hahaha! The only people stupider than those in Minnesota are those of Pennsylvania.

They deserve Murtha.

csdeven on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

right2bright on January 27, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Are you arguing that Americans don’t have the right to petition their govt?

The problem is not the lobbiests, its the courts who have decided that “governmental interests” trump everything else, even the constitution.

MarkTheGreat on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

One of the Ruchera offices is located 30 miles from me. I can only pray that that raid and this info gets this clown out of office.

btw..I do NOT live in his district. No way I’d vote for this tool.

becki51758 on January 27, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Murtha lives on pig slop. Just look at him.

Mr. Joe on January 27, 2009 at 10:55 AM

He’s shamelessly, blatantly filthy. He wouldn’t last 5 minutes in the corporate world. Why his constituents re-elect him is a puzzle…unless they’re selling their souls. America’s getting alot less great when you think about it.

stonemeister on January 27, 2009 at 10:56 AM

csdeven on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

NO!! I dont deserve him! lol I do not live in his district!

My Rep is Bill Shuster and he does not support bailouts and he votes against amnesty. He’s always available to talk too. Thats my kind of Representative.

becki51758 on January 27, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Murtha is a living pile of scrappel.

Mr. Joe on January 27, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Murtha: Pork profiteers pet pig.

Maquis on January 27, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Are you arguing that Americans don’t have the right to petition their govt?

The problem is not the lobbiests, its the courts who have decided that “governmental interests” trump everything else, even the constitution.

MarkTheGreat on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

No, I am not…but restraint on lobbyists would be nice.
These guys who get on the gov. payroll, then “retire” and become lobbyists irk me.
I don’t mind “Americans” petitioning govt., I do mind “Americans” that “sell” the government.

right2bright on January 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Murtha, Pelosi, Dodd, Reid, Frank, and Rangel should be in prison.

marklmail on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Gitmo!

bill30097 on January 27, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Ogabe is President now which means lobbyists can be good for America again.

Bishop on January 27, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Murtha’s a crook and, in somw quarters, a traitor. His constituents know it yet they still re-elected him. Don’t blame Murtha for being what he is. Blame the voters for knowing what he is and continuing to send him back to Washington.

Percy_Peabody on January 27, 2009 at 11:02 AM

The big question for Murtha now is whether the federal investigation that raided the two Kuchera businesses last week might expand to include more of his pork recipients. Here’s hoping, because it’s obvious that Murtha’s for sale, and PMA essentially acts as his pimp.v

This may be the only way to get him out of office. Sadly, I’m not having a lot of confidence in the rule of law these days.

conservative pilgrim on January 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM

I don’t mind “Americans” petitioning govt., I do mind “Americans” that “sell” the government.

right2bright on January 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM

The only difference is who’s benefiting.

MarkTheGreat on January 27, 2009 at 11:04 AM

hahaha! The only people stupider than those in Minnesota are those of Pennsylvania.

csdeven on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Ed’s in Minnesota.

Maxx on January 27, 2009 at 11:05 AM

This sickens me.

BuckeyeSam on January 27, 2009 at 11:07 AM

NO!! I dont deserve him! lol I do not live in his district!

becki51758 on January 27, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Fine! Ruin all my fun! ;-)

Ed’s in Minnesota.

Maxx on January 27, 2009 at 11:05 AM

I know that. Your point being?

csdeven on January 27, 2009 at 11:13 AM

hahaha! The only people stupider than those in Minnesota are those of Pennsylvania.

They deserve Murtha.

csdeven on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

I agree. Of course I know there are good people in both states. Unfortunately they’re just out-numbered.

Remember folks, just because we’re the minority doesn’t mean we’re wrong.

Oink on January 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Murtha involved in Pay for Play who would of thought.

Brat4life on January 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Murtha, Pelosi, Dodd, Reid, Frank, and Rangel should be in prison.

marklmail on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

They are democrats so they all get the leadership positions, not prison.
And Bush and Cheney are the criminals. It’s so ridiculous.

JeffinOrlando on January 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM

The sad thing is that so many “Americans” vote based on nothing more than which candidate has the most commercials.

MarkTheGreat on January 27, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Bingo.

29Victor on January 27, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Murtha, Pelosi, Dodd, Reid, Frank, and Rangel should be in prison.

marklmail on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

No, prison would entail a crime less outrageous than treason.

leetpriest on January 27, 2009 at 11:15 AM

The Defense appropriations cardinal’s more than $1 million haul in the last two weeks of the campaign included about $40,000 from employees of nine contractors that together received $60.6 million in targeted projects from Murtha last year, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission records and House Appropriations Committee documents.

So, basically, you and I paid tax dollars which were funnelled to ACORN to pay fake voters to re-elect this turd.

Vashta.Nerada on January 27, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Here is a great case for eliminating earmarks. The second that Murtha is stripped of earmarks, he’ll be out on his ass.

marklmail on January 27, 2009 at 11:21 AM

hahaha! The only people stupider than those in Minnesota are those of Pennsylvania.
csdeven on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Eh, I’d make a case for Illinois, California, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont…*fingers cramping up now*…

Bishop on January 27, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Only Republicans steal elections.

Democrats buy them.

fogw on January 27, 2009 at 11:31 AM

John Murtha is an ex-Marine.

N. O'Brain on January 27, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Murtha should not have won. His challenger was an able and honorable guy. Murtha’s constitutants (the ones that voted for him) are also pigs that wallow at the trough. They clearly do not care about the country, only themselves.

HawaiiLwyr on January 27, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Murtha, Pelosi, Dodd, Reid, Frank, and Rangel should be in prison.

marklmail on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Without a doubt! Frank and Dodd, should be flogged first then put in prison.

Kjeil on January 27, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I know that. Your point being?

csdeven on January 27, 2009 at 11:13 AM

I didn’t really have a point. :-)

Maxx on January 27, 2009 at 11:56 AM

When are the democrat, pork-stuffing rat faced thieves going to be investigated for stealing our tax dollars!!!???

afotia on January 27, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Gitmo? That place is nice! Where are the book notices that were here? Anyway, Henry VIII would know what to do with Democrats. Except for Reich and he would be stretched.

IlikedAUH2O on January 27, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Who is a bigger embarrassment to the Marine Corps, Lee Harvey or Murtha?

Hening on January 27, 2009 at 12:17 PM

What ever happened to that raid on the electronics firm that Murtha gave all the pork too..? I haven’t seen anything in the news…

Badbrucskie on January 27, 2009 at 12:21 PM

And the moronic idiots in PA keep re-electing this freak!

America is dead…

Way, way, WAY too many mentaly disfuntional sheeple that HATE America, but LOEV welfare and liberal poop!

Mark Garnett on January 27, 2009 at 12:22 PM

John Murtha is an ex-Marine.

N. O’Brain on January 27, 2009 at 11:32 AM

And an Ex American

William Amos on January 27, 2009 at 12:31 PM

John Murtha is an ex-Marine.

N. O’Brain on January 27, 2009 at 11:32 AM

So am I… We don’t honor TRAITORS just because they once wore the Uniform! So what exactly was your point?

Mark Garnett on January 27, 2009 at 12:34 PM

John Murtha is an ex-Marine.

N. O’Brain on January 27, 2009 at 11:32 AM

So was Lee Harvey Oswald, Tim McVie was Army

Kuffar on January 27, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Who is a bigger embarrassment to the Marine Corps, Lee Harvey or Murtha?

Hening on January 27, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Murtha.

At least Oswald hit the target he was aiming at.

N. O'Brain on January 27, 2009 at 12:55 PM

So am I… We don’t honor TRAITORS just because they once wore the Uniform! So what exactly was your point?

Mark Garnett on January 27, 2009 at 12:34 PM

You’re a retired Marine.

Big difference.

Thank you for your service.

Semper Fi from a Marine Corps Dad.

N. O'Brain on January 27, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Quid pro quo … Nothing different from Obama buying the Senate seat with offers of paid board jobs for the wife of Blago.

Democrats, pay to play, it’s the way they operate.

tarpon on January 27, 2009 at 1:01 PM

But Murtha ran into trouble in mid-October when he said some of his constituents were “racists” and “rednecks.” He apologized for the remarks, but the National Republican Congressional Committee invested in attack ads highlighting them. Murtha’s poll numbers started to slump, and for the first time in a generation, he appeared vulnerable.

- Roll Call but highlights by BR….

I think the problem is when have too many people, like Murtha, overstaying their welcome. A generation. Basically 14 elections where he has doled out OUR money to HIS “constituents.” The millions upon millions Murtha the Slanderer has procured supposedly for his “rust belt district” yet It Is Still “Rust Belt????”

Hey ‘Ho Murtha. Do us all a favor and quit trying to “help” because YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

Branch Rickey on January 27, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Some day all of those defense contractors are going to watch in horror as the same corrupt democrats they helped keep in power betray them..

Some day the truth about all of these payoff will come out.
and some day there will be justice sent out to all of the democrats and republicans who betrayed america..

You just wait..
its comming

jcila on January 27, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Murtha, Pelosi, Dodd, Reid, Frank, and Rangel should be in prison.

marklmail on January 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Without a doubt! Frank and Dodd, should be flogged first then put in prison.

Kjeil on January 27, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I fear that while Sen. Dodd is too much of a wussy to withstand being flogged that it might not be punishment but just a “Tuesday” for Rep. Frank.

Branch Rickey on January 27, 2009 at 1:17 PM

The Defense appropriations cardinal’s more than $1 million haul in the last two weeks of the campaign included about $40,000 from employees of nine contractors that together received $60.6 million in targeted projects from Murtha last year, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission records and House Appropriations Committee documents.

So, basically, you and I paid tax dollars which were funnelled to ACORN to pay fake voters to re-elect this turd.

Vashta.Nerada on January 27, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Yes.

Branch Rickey on January 27, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Branch Rickey on January 27, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Damn, you beat me to it, Barney would get a kick out of that and ask for seconds!

deadbackpacker on January 27, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Pay for Play the American way. The Pol’s. have covered themselves fro prosicution with immunity every way you can look.

Rick007 on January 27, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Where the hell was Bush when this crap was going on?????

Rick007 on January 27, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Mr. Joe on January 27, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Haha! Nice PA reference!

I’m from PA myself, but nowhere near PA-12.

To find out why Murtha can almost literally crap all over his constituents and still get re-elected, you may also want to take a look at his district on the map. Gerrymandered to all hell. I would love to know who Murtha’s stimulating over there in the PA Legislature to get a plum district like that…

gippergal1984 on January 27, 2009 at 1:48 PM

William Russell is still active and going to run against Murtha in 2010…keep him and his campaign in mind.

thebookkeeper on January 27, 2009 at 2:20 PM

To find out why Murtha can almost literally crap all over his constituents and still get re-elected, you may also want to take a look at his district on the map. Gerrymandered to all hell. I would love to know who Murtha’s stimulating over there in the PA Legislature to get a plum district like that…

gippergal1984 on January 27, 2009 at 1:48 PM

I checked a map, and I see what you mean. PA-12 about 100 miles long, but only a few miles wide in many places, and it’s possible to draw a straight line that crosses its boundary 10 times. It looks like a lobster, or what would happen if you asked a 3-year-old to join a point on the western boundary of PA with a point on the southern boundary using an Etch-a-Sketch.

Except that those who drew those lines were more than 3 years old! The southwest corner of PA probably has quite a few Republican voters, so they extended it outward to include Democrat towns and pork-barrel recipients, then narrowed it down to exclude Republican rural areas. Now if somebody drew a rectangle in southwestern PA, Murtha might be toast. Why not draw a district shaped like sliced bread?

Steve Z on January 27, 2009 at 2:31 PM

The reason you are not seeing anything on Kuchera, the electronics company that was raided is because the target of the raid contributed to Democrats and the primary recipient was a Democrat. Had this been in Demint’s district or some other Republican district, this would be NYT front page, leading every MSM newscast 24/7.

A democrat? crickets

AZfederalist on January 27, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Just saw the posting times. Missed the fun while I was at work.

AZfederalist on January 27, 2009 at 9:46 PM