CQ’s little list: The PMA 104
posted at 5:05 pm on February 19, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
I already wrote one post about this earlier today, but I want the actual list to get separate attention. CQ Politics has the 104 Representatives that cut earmarks for PMA, the lobbying firm associated most closely with John Murtha and his pork power. More than 40 Republicans appear on this list, but Democrats dominate the top 10 in donations from PMA:
Name State Party Pork(mil) PMA Donations Peter Visclosky IN D $23.8 $219,000 John Murtha PA D $34.1 $143,600 James Moran VA D $10.8 $125,200 Norm Dicks WA D $12.1 $91,600 Bill Pascrell NJ D $2.4 $73,200 David Hobson OH R $3.5 $70,050 Mike Doyle PA D $1.6 $69,400 Loretta Sanchez CA D $3.2 $60,118 Tim Holden PA D $3.2 $57,275 Tim Ryan OH D $3.2 $54,250
Pete Visclosky actually got more money than Murtha, but Murtha generated the most money in pork for PMA clients. Only David Hobson breaks the Democratic death grip on the top 10 PMA porkers — and that’s just for a single bill in 2007. Who knows what CQ Politics — or an Army of Davids — might have found if the rules for transparency on pork had not been implemented in 2007?
Update: Sorry about the formatting problem. I’ve converted the table to text.
Update II: When I wrote “Top 10”, I meant in PMA donations. People who received much less wrote much more in pork, in some cases. Be sure to read all the way through the list at the link, but note the $20.4 million from Bill Young (R-FL) and $15 million in pork from Duncan Hunter (R-CA). Between them, though, they only got a little over $17,000 in donations from PMA over the last eight years.