Feds raid Murtha pork machine

posted at 9:37 am on February 10, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

John Murtha has good reason to sweat these days.  Not since Abscam have federal investigators closed in on his exercise of power through the use of pork.  Feds raided the lobbying firm that Murtha uses to wield that power and signaled clearly their targeting of the King of Pork:

The FBI raided the offices of a defense lobbying firm with close ties to Democratic Rep. John Murtha (Penn.), sources tell ABC News.

The FBI searched the Virginia headquarters of the PMA Group in November, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. PMA was founded by former Murtha aide Paul Magliochetti and specializes in winning earmarked taxpayer funds for its clients. …

PMA is the second company with close ties to Murtha to be raided by federal agents recently. In January, agents from the FBI, the IRS and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service searched the office of Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense Systems, as well as the homes of the firms’ founders. The companies reportedly have received over $100 million in earmarks, thanks to Murtha’s efforts.

The New York Times notes that PMA’s main calling card is its ties to Murtha, but Hot Air readers already knew that.  Two weeks ago, I wrote about how PMA helped engineer Murtha’s rescue from William Russell’s bid to unseat him in the last election.  Thanks to Murtha’s big mouth, PMA had to work overtime to get Murtha re-elected by the constituents he called “racists” and “rednecks”.  Why was PMA so interested in the Murtha rescue?

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).

According to the two reports, the federal raid took place in November, immediately after the election.  Even more interestingly, Kuchera didn’t work through PMA to get its earmarks from Murtha, suggesting a wider look at the last election and Murtha’s surprising rescue.  The feds have found something of interest, and they appear to be circling Murtha and identifying his lines of communication.

Stay tuned.  Russell might be needed for a special election in the future.


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Pleeeeaaase please please let this have legs

bluejacket on February 10, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Hang him! {Better yet, exile him to Anbar.)

coldwarrior on February 10, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Murtha aka Inmate #5478962.

artist on February 10, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Nah.. hes a democrat, he will be Obama’s pick for Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

MDWNJ on February 10, 2009 at 9:41 AM

All this took place after the election and not before. How conveint was that. Isn’t this how Obama got elected president? Well that, plus alot of help from McCain.

Tommy_G on February 10, 2009 at 9:41 AM

How stupid do his constituents have to be? Honestly, they knew this guy was dirty and they knew he has irresponsibly slimed our troops.

Yet, they still elected him? Sigh.

Richard Romano on February 10, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Squeal like a pig, boy.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Im doing the happy dance!! Throw this bum out!!

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 9:43 AM

What’s the official policy on extraordinary renditions of sitting Congressmen to prison?

Flyover Country on February 10, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Would be vindication for the Marines he smeared

jp on February 10, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Nothing would be sweeter than to see this dunce in jail.

jencab on February 10, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Here’s more info on his ties to Kuchera industries (PA defense contractors raided by the FBI in January).

I hope he goes down, but I’m not holding my breath.

vermillionsky on February 10, 2009 at 9:44 AM

The companies reportedly have received over $100 million in earmarks, thanks to Murtha’s efforts.

Wishful thinking, everyone. He’ll retire in 2 years and become a lobbyist.

tgillian on February 10, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Oh to watch Murtha do the perp walk. Christmas morning!

sherry on February 10, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Squeal like a pig, boy

Twang-a-twang, twang, twang…

whitetop on February 10, 2009 at 9:46 AM

The true pork-fest begins when Murtha is cellmated with a big black guy named Ben.

Jed1899 on February 10, 2009 at 9:51 AM

I’m not a violent man… ok, yes I am… This is one guy I’d like to hand over to my Son’s rifle team… I’d love to watch this fat bastard die a very, very slow and painful death, as all traitors should. He has called our brave men and women in the Military the most outragous things, said they murdered in “cold blood” civilians. Calls his our folks in PA “racist rednecks” and they STILL ELECTED him!

Calling the folks in PA “racist rednecks” was horrible, but THEY ARE IDIOTS and FOOLS for re-electing this moron.

Mark Garnett on February 10, 2009 at 9:51 AM

If the investigation isn’t torpedoed by higher-ups (and the leaks to ABC make it apparent someone involved is making sure it can’t be scuttled without public knowledge), you can expect Mutha to be just about as hard to pry out of office as William Jefferson was down in New Orleans. Expect him to still be around for the next Congress and if he’s still embarassing the part or threatening to become an issue in the 2012 election, state Dems will probably carve up his area in redistricting to make sure Murtha’s not even on the ballot.

jon1979 on February 10, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Given his Bidenesque propensity for saying profoundly stupid things, I kind of hope he hangs on for a while. Now’s the time to get Madame speaker on the record supporting him. Ask all the Dem leadership what a wonderful guy good ol’ Jack is, then throw it in their faces in, say, October 2010.

trubble on February 10, 2009 at 9:52 AM

First he should get a fair trial, and then we should hang him.. “Blago”

georgealbert on February 10, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Let’s hope his jury is of his “peers”, marines that have served in Iraq…
Pelosi’s most honest congress ever is not doing to well lately. Even the MSM has started to leak out real news, a little late.
BTW, shouldn’t the Pentagon, CIA, FBI, hire these guys at the MSM, they can keep a liberal secret as good as any as I have seen.
If they don’t want information out, you have to embarrass them to report on liberal misgivings.

right2bright on February 10, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Maybe he can share a cell with Akmed Madinnerjacket or on of the other boys from Gitmo when they’re relocated to Pennsylvania.

BacaDog on February 10, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Be patient. Any second now “hack” will be along to explain how this isn’t what it seems to be. This magnificent public servant is too important to be harassed.

3-2-…

Yoop on February 10, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Honestly, I am not sure how much more our country can take before we reach the tipping point.

carbon_footprint on February 10, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Maybe Murtha needs to be “redeployed” to Okinawa (spelling might be off there).

Torch on February 10, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Rest assured the Murtha doesn’t have a single item of pork in the stimulus disaster.

Most Ethical Congress Ever. I love them.

Bishop on February 10, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Murtha? I’m still waiting for the outcome on Jefferson, Rangel and Dodd.

The Dems have the votes, they’ll bury it. And what the FBI gives, Holder will take away.

GarandFan on February 10, 2009 at 10:07 AM

What do you have to say about “culture of corruption” now, Nancy Pelosi?

eforhan on February 10, 2009 at 10:07 AM

ED,

Wasn’t Delay originally investigated because of the associations of two of his ex staffers with that convicted lobbyiest for the indian casinos?

EricPWJohnson on February 10, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Murtha is detestable in every way. He epitomizes the culture of politicians in Washington – above the law, in-your-face liar, better than you, POS! However – people still vote for him. If people upon learning of his role in Abscam, listening to his comments on our troops, and learning about this most recent illegalities will still vote for him (which apparently they do), then who is to blame? Do you blame the scorpion for stinging – it is, after all, a scorpion. Or do you blame the frog for trusting the scorpion? Don’t get me wrong – I am not trying to minimize Murtha’s vile character or his culpability in this – I am just pointing out that as long as people will willingly elect garbage into Congress – we will continue getting garbage out of Congress.

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” — Thomas Jefferson

King of the Britons on February 10, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Yet, they still elected him? Sigh.

Richard Romano on February 10, 2009 at 9:41 AM

And he called them racists!

The problem is education of the masses. People don’t know how to use reason. We have a nation of lazy thinkers. This has always been the case but now with the internet people have an unlimited supply of resources to draw from nut cases. Liberals have the media and the schools.

This problem will not be solved overnight. The interesting thing is that liberals don’t know how to be objective and non-partisan while at the same time think they are. This is rooted in the sinful nature of man’s arrogance.

shick on February 10, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Scrapple Time!

Follow the Pork!

It will lead to the Pig.

Mr. Joe on February 10, 2009 at 10:12 AM

It was honest mistake /sarc off

willt73 on February 10, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Keeping my fingers crossed that they nail Murtha on something. Now we are finding out how our Tax money was spent on friends of our Reps. Not surprising. Would he fit in a Jail house Jump suit?

sheebe on February 10, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Plz…it is his constituents who voted for him. I sure didnt. My town is all Republican and Rep. Shuster is my Rep. He voted NO to the stimulus.

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Honestly, talk about a culture of corruption.. Come-on media, these Democrats are lining up one after another.

To think, a tax cheater is now running the IRS. Did any of you catch the speech made the other night by the head dude running the performing arts chapter (grammies)? The dude used Obama’s “yes we can” & “hope we can believe in” lines throughout his speech, while bowing at the knees of Obama in front of however many people were actually watching that thing.

Freakin sick & embarrassing people these Liberal ass-clowns are!

Keemo on February 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Did any of you catch the speech made the other night by the head dude running the performing arts chapter (grammies)?

He also made an informal request to Ogabe for a cabinet level position for the arts; Secretary of the Arts or something like that.

Ending up like France? I have a feeling we will soon be envying France.

Bishop on February 10, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Nah.. hes a democrat, he will be Obama’s pick for Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Only if he hasn’t paid his taxes.

ice princess on February 10, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Magliochetti is the Democratic version of Jack Abramoff. Trust me on this. There will be more than Murtha going down if the Feds are really going to bust Magliochetti. He raised money for just about every prominent Democrat in Congress.

rockmom on February 10, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Rest assured the Murtha doesn’t have a single item of pork in the stimulus disaster.

Most Ethical Congress Ever. I love them.

Bishop on February 10, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Actually, he doesn’t. It will all be in the next omnibus appropriations bill.

rockmom on February 10, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Maybe Murtha needs to be “redeployed” to Okinawa (spelling might be off there).

Torch on February 10, 2009 at 10:03 AM

T:

You beat me to it. :D

BTW, you are right is Okinawa.

El Coqui on February 10, 2009 at 10:29 AM

I never could stand that man. May he get his cummupins.

txstar on February 10, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but the only reason for fricking lobbyists is to obtain federal money. Talk about two drains on the resources of this country: the federal government draining taxpayers of financial capital and then all the money, effort, and brainpower wasted in lobbying efforts.

Off and on, Hot Air commenters dump on lawyers, and, I suppose, lawyers do much to put them near the bottom of most lists. But as far as I’m concerned, lobbyists come dead last. Their efforts have no socially redeeming quality whatsoever.

Parasites, all of them.

If Steele had any brains, when Murtha’s organization is all fleshed out, Steele should create an organizational chart of corruption. He should then insist that Republicans with comparable arrangements close them down, and, if they won’t , cut off their funding. With a fairly clean house, Steele could turn his sights on Dems and provide GOP candidates opposing corrupt pork kings and queens with the ammo to humiliate them. This has gone on long enough.

I analogize taxpayers and public officials to beneficiaries and trustees. Sure, the public officials, in the first instance, are in a position to squander our money. But we have recourse, and to the extent that we aren’t getting timely and understandable information about what they’re doing with our money, we should be demanding it. And once that information is obtained, we should go after the spendthrifts tooth and nail for their breach of our trust. These clowns are stealing our money.

BuckeyeSam on February 10, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Murtha to fall. He’s too big. He can do anything he wants without consequence. Has this not been proven time and time again?

jay12 on February 10, 2009 at 10:41 AM

El Coqui on February 10, 2009 at 10:29 AM

I try. :D

Torch on February 10, 2009 at 10:44 AM

BuckeyeSam on February 10, 2009 at 10:41 AM

You are right about the appropriations lobbyists, though they are a fairly small subset of lobbyists. Most lobbyists are just trying to help their clients navigate the leviathan federal government, and get it to work for them. I once lobbied for a trade association, and its president used to say in speeches that “there are only two people who can put me out of business: Me, and my Congressman.” I helped a corporate client get a policy statement out of HUD that enabled it to win a dismissal of a $1.2 billion class action lawsuit that would have put it out of business and resulted in massive claims against every mortgage lender in the country. This would not have happened without lobbyists. Government can make huge mistakes that can cripple an industry that is doing nothing wrong. Corporate CEOs are too busy running their companies to spend time traipsing around Washington trying to get such mistakes fixed. That’s why they hire lobbyists.

If government were not so damn big and intrusive, nobody would need a lobbyist. Microsoft did not have a lobbyist or a PAC until it got sued by the Justice Department in 1999.

What we need most is a permanent ban on former Members of Congress or their staff becoming lobbyists when they leave. The one- and even two-year bans are a joke. When Tom DeLay’s chief of staff left Capitol Hill, there was a bidding war for her and she ended up with a near-seven figure salary. When Bob Livingston resigned from the House in disgrace, he opened a lobbying shop the next day and is making millions.

rockmom on February 10, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Don’t get your hopes up gang, nothing will come of this. They caught Jefferson with 90,000 dollars in his freezer, and enough evidence to convict two of his cohorts, but he’s still in Congress.

DFCtomm on February 10, 2009 at 11:04 AM

I’m not holding my breath waiting for Murtha to be brought up on charges. This pig will be whitewashed just like B. Frank, C. Dodd, Jefferson (congressman from LA.) and all the rest of the slime that infest our capitol. I can only hope that in 2010 the idiots that are up for re-election will be replaced. It seems as tho we need term limits on EVERY office in government. Including those that are not elective. The really sad thing is that we, the taxpayers, are going to have to support these criminals for the rest of their lives no matter if they are in office or not.

Proudvet on February 10, 2009 at 11:07 AM

They caught Jefferson with 90,000 dollars in his freezer, and enough evidence to convict two of his cohorts, but he’s still in Congress.

DFCtomm on February 10, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Actually he is not.

Wade on February 10, 2009 at 11:11 AM

rockmom on February 10, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Clearly, I painted with too broad a brush. I’ll limit myself to criticism of the spending lobbyists, then. I particularly hate those who work to get fine-print tax provisions for only one client.

Nice work on the policy statement from HUD. That sounds very worthwhile.

BuckeyeSam on February 10, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Wade,

That’s right. He lost to Republican Joseph Cao.

drflykilla on February 10, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Why does this feel more like resume enhancement for Murtha’s taking over as SECDEF in “the most ethical administration since the dawn of time.”tm

highhopes on February 10, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Interesting how the slob Murtha denegrates and makes hateful statements about the folks in the military, yet has no problem making tons of money off their vendors.

This useless airbreather is the worst in Washington, bar none……

norm1111 on February 10, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Maybe Murtha needs to be “redeployed” to Okinawa (spelling might be off there).

Torch on February 10, 2009 at 10:03 AM

You want him rewarded?

DarkCurrent on February 10, 2009 at 11:57 AM

This useless airbreather is the worst in Washington, bar none……

norm1111 on February 10, 2009 at 11:55 AM

He’s up there but I’m not sure he is the worst. My top five:

Robert Byrd (king of worthless pork)
Robert Waxman (never met a Republican he doesn’t want to investigate)
Barney Frank (nuff said)
Chris Dodd (co-conspirator in the mortgage implosion)
Ted Kennedy

highhopes on February 10, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Oops- Henry Waxman.

highhopes on February 10, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Obama Justice Department “mistaken” release of sealed defense docs in 3…2..1.never.

Christien on February 10, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Put him on public trial, convict him then either ship his worthless, corrupt butt to Afghanistan to hump water for his Marine ‘Brothers’ or put him through Recruit Training at Parris Island.

In the Summer.

SeniorD on February 10, 2009 at 12:35 PM

El Coqui on February 10, 2009 at 10:29 AM

I try. :D

Torch on February 10, 2009 at 10:44 AM

This site illustrates all the possible agonies of redeployment to Okinawa. Some twisted people even pay for it…

DarkCurrent on February 10, 2009 at 12:40 PM

I hope the crook goes to jail.

hawkdriver on February 10, 2009 at 3:13 PM

And yet… someone sent him to Congress. Again. What can you do if voters just don´t get it? How many hints do they need to see what a bastard Murtha is?

el gordo on February 10, 2009 at 4:22 PM

The saddest thing about this is these morons are going to be running this country when you and I are laying help less in some nursing home with our fingers crossed praying that the meds we need don’t exceed our estimated life expectancy. milwife88 on February 10, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Don’t worry these people will just barely have the skills to empty our bed pans, and little else. The dimwits will not be running this country.

Pelayo on February 10, 2009 at 6:10 PM