Most Ethical Congress Evah kills ethics probe into PMA … for the eighth time

posted at 2:14 pm on May 13, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Nancy Pelosi cracked the whip effectively enough to turn back an eighth attempt to investigate the relationship between Congressional earmarks and donations arranged by lobbying group PMA.  The Democratic Speaker won her gavel by running against the “culture of corruption” exposed by the Jack Abramoff scandal and promising to run “the most ethical Congress ever” if given the majority:

House Democrats on Tuesday stopped a Republican plan to force a campaign finance inquiry that likely would have investigated several influential Democrats. It was the eighth time since late February that the Republican move was halted.

One of the biggest recipients has been the chairman of the defense appropriations subcommittee, Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania.

The vote was 215-182 to stop consideration of a GOP resolution to initiate a House ethics committee inquiry. It called for an investigation into campaign contributions to House lawmakers by recipients of pet project money and their lobbyists. …

The Republican resolution focused on a lobbying firm, PMA, which was raided by the FBI last year. The company’s political action committee records were carted off, along with files of some of its lobbyists.

In 2007 and 2008, Murtha, Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. and Rep. Peter Visclosky. D-Ind., directed $137 million to defense contractors who were paying PMA to get them government business.

At the same time, the three lawmakers received huge amounts of political donations from PMA lobbyists and their clients. Murtha has collected $2.37 million from PMA’s lobbyists and the companies it has represented since 1989, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political money. Visclosky has collected $1.36 million; Moran, $997,348.

Pelosi sued the FBI to block a judically-approved search warrant for then-Rep. William Jefferson’s offices in a bribery probe, joined in that effort by then-Speaker Denny Hastert.  Pelosi and Hastert insisted that Congress itself had jurisdiction in investigating misconduct on Capitol Hill.  A judge agreed with her in part on appeal and blocked prosecutors from access to part of the material seized in the search.

So far, it seems that Pelosi is less interested in cleaning up Congress than in covering up wrongdoing by her Democratic colleagues.  An ethics probe would still get run by Democrats, as they control all committees in the House and Senate.  Pelosi won’t even let a probe get that far, which should cause American voters to wonder what she really knows about potential PMA corruption and her allies John Murtha and Pete Visclosky.  (via Instapundit)


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Nothing to see here… move along…

Ferris on May 13, 2009 at 2:18 PM

The opposite game.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:19 PM

wow, just wow. And nothing evah happens to these elitists, because they not only have the MSM on their side, but all of the lawyers too.

kirkill on May 13, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Nothing to see here… move along…

Ferris on May 13, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Thanks. I thought my Congress was corrupt. I will go back to watching videos on YouTube.

WashJeff on May 13, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Shovel the pressure on Pelosi–she’s cracking.
Expose transparent corruption.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:20 PM

FOIA on PMS’s via every conservative in America?

Oh.. that would be awesome!

upinak on May 13, 2009 at 2:20 PM

The FBI seized records in their own PMA investigation. Congressional probes are political and pretty meaningless. They make good theater sometimes.

She shouldnt be protecting these guys, but then she’s a crook herself. Seems that most of the dems ARE crooks.

dogsoldier on May 13, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Another lie by Pelosi along with her not being told about waterboarding, the Pope just asked her about her family, and she was going to clean up Congress.
I suggest a Congressional Cleanup project: Millions of Americans storming DC for Term Limits!

Christian Conservative on May 13, 2009 at 2:21 PM

This old gal is so much of a crook, if they started investigating, she would not see the light of day in a prison.
L

letget on May 13, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Now THIS is what the RNC should be talking about, not the merits of waterboarding!!

Nancy Pelosi is NOT popular outside her own district. Republicans took control of the House in 1994 in part because of Newt Gingrich’s relentless ethics attacks against Jim Wright and because of the House Bank scandal. This is a worse scandal and an unconscionable coverup. If Republicans won’t make use of it then they do not deserve to regain control of the House.

rockmom on May 13, 2009 at 2:21 PM

So, just like Congress can vote themselves a raise, they can vote to not have themselves investigated for wrongdoing. Nice to be god.

kirkill on May 13, 2009 at 2:22 PM

And nothing evah happens to these elitists, because they not only have the MSM on their side, but all of the lawyers too.

kirkill on May 13, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Not necessarily nothing evah happens.
Nag her incessantly.
Prod the CIA to purify themselves and watch hell fire damnation rain down on Pelosi.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Nice to be god.

kirkill on May 13, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Bwahaha. good.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:23 PM

What can be expected when the fox is in charge of the henhouse?

Badger40 on May 13, 2009 at 2:23 PM

I look for Obama to distance himself from her. Rush says it’s already happening because he’s wants to deal with somebody he can control better.

kingsjester on May 13, 2009 at 2:23 PM

CALL HER OFFICE AND ASK WHY!

District Office – 450 Golden Gate Ave. – 14th Floor – San Francisco, CA 94102 – (415) 556-4862 –
Washington, D.C. Office – 235 Cannon HOB – Washington, DC 20515 – (202) 225-4965 –

bloggless on May 13, 2009 at 2:27 PM

If a Congress is corrupt in the forrest and the media doesn’t report it will the voters hear a sound?

myrenovations on May 13, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Let’s stop using vague words to describe Pelosi and Murtha.

Pelosi is a liar and thief. Murtha is a liar and thief.

This is the message that needs to be heard across America. We are not a court of law and with the blatant obstruction of truth – anything else is a mindless exercise in what the meaning of “is” is.

Get to the benefit and lets ignore “features”.

Odie1941 on May 13, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Hypocrats.

bluelightbrigade on May 13, 2009 at 2:28 PM

“ethical” doesn’t mean what she thinks it means…

sven10077 on May 13, 2009 at 2:28 PM

myrenovations on May 13, 2009 at 2:27 PM

LOL!

Badger40 on May 13, 2009 at 2:29 PM

bloggless on May 13, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Blog.. even better is DO a FOIA!

Anyone and everyone can DO it! It lays ground work down so that they can’t “back out of it” like they are doing now.

But you have to keep tabs on everything.. from a copy of your own letter, and one to Pelosi both certified, to any response back, time frame etc.

A PITA, but interesting what you can find out… or what they don’t want you to know!

upinak on May 13, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Now THIS is what the RNC should be talking about,….This is a worse scandal and an unconscionable coverup. If Republicans won’t make use of it then they do not deserve to regain control of the House.

rockmom on May 13, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Cleaning house with new blood; the new blood are talking about this. Steele must organize attacks on Pelosi’s corruption. The NEW conservatives are the ones to make the case against corruption since the good ol’ gop boys club has an incessant wink worse than the distracted Chief Inspector Charles LaRousse Dreyfus.

This WILL help new candidates, not regurgitated Republicans.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:29 PM

“ethical” doesn’t mean what she thinks it means…

sven10077 on May 13, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Ethical, Pelosi’s brand of cosmetics.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Pelosi won’t even let a probe get that far, which should cause American voters to wonder what she really knows about potential PMA corruption and her allies John Murtha and Pete Visclosky

Exactly. How much in kick backs did Pelosi get from this deal?

People trust democrats……..why????

capejasmine on May 13, 2009 at 2:31 PM

I am no longer surprised by the antics of Pelosi.

CG - Colorado on May 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Let’s stop using vague words to describe Pelosi and Murtha.

Pelosi is a liar and thief. Murtha is a liar and thief.

Odie1941 on May 13, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Um, I think we have to hold an extra special meeting of the RNC to change the terms and names we use against Democrats.

myrenovations on May 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Let’s play a game called “If a Republican and/or conservative did this….” How long would it take (in nanoseconds) for the MSM to start screeching from on high about government corruption and coverups?

Vic on May 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Steele must organize

Over/under on the likelihood of that?

[I agree with you , though.]

bluelightbrigade on May 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM

This is all negotiated drama. She doesn’t want to face an investigation and if she investigates, the gates of investigators open on her. The things people have on her must be huge and they know how to use blackmail.

seven on May 13, 2009 at 2:33 PM

kingsjester on May 13, 2009 at 2:23 PM

The wheels on the bus go ’round and around.

Drudge features the House Majority 2nd in command confronting Pelosi, encouraging investigation on her, that he’s a Rahmulon bffe.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Newt wouldn’t be taking this.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 13, 2009 at 2:34 PM

myrenovations on May 13, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Nice!

kirkill on May 13, 2009 at 2:35 PM

I look for Obama to distance himself from her. Rush says it’s already happening because he’s wants to deal with somebody he can control better.

kingsjester on May 13, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Fast forward to the last minute of this clip. Look how she butts into his shining moment and then she grovels. The look on his face is classic “b*tch whut you doing all up in my space”

Brat on May 13, 2009 at 2:35 PM

bluelightbrigade on May 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM

He’s willing and able. Given a nudge from the grassroots, he’d love to combat Democrat corruption. “We’re comin’ to get you!”–if Specter, then all the harder at Pelosi.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:36 PM

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no native American criminal class …….. except congress.
– Mark Twain

MB4 on May 13, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Vic on May 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Vic –

I get what you are saying, but quite frankly I think this game is played too much from the right with zero effect.

Its a hypothetical exercise in, well a hypothetical that writers, newscasters, the RNC, politicians, bloggers etc. keep hammering to no avail – and even backfires.

As I stated in a previous post, just call Pelosi a liar – run with that line and lets see what shakes out.

The fact Newt and Delay stepped down as House Speakers for far less reasons doesn’t bring Reps back the majority nor will it lead to Pelosi stepping down. Call her what she is – a liar and the “headline rich” world of America will get it.

Odie1941 on May 13, 2009 at 2:37 PM

myrenovations on May 13, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Haha. I can see the ad now- “There’s a thief in the woods.”

cs89 on May 13, 2009 at 2:37 PM

So, is this coming out to distract us from the EIT briefings or is that coming out to distract us from this?

Either way, killer tactics.

mchristian on May 13, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Um, I think we have to hold an extra special meeting of the RNC to change the terms and names we use against Democrats.

myrenovations on May 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Word’s out.

Democrat Socialist Party
of Corruption, Oppression, Deprivation and Starvation

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Pelosi is a liar and thief. Murtha is a liar and thief.

Odie1941 on May 13, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Now, now…in the new Orwellian Double Speak, “Pelosi and Murtha are a nuanced elderly folks with memory issues and they merely accept things that are not theirs.”

kirkill on May 13, 2009 at 2:38 PM

All congresses and parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.
– Mark Twain’

MB4 on May 13, 2009 at 2:39 PM

People trust democrats……..why????

capejasmine on May 13, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Not trust, just use.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Pelosi The first ever female House Speaker, which is a big deal and Murtha the honorable military veteran with oodles of medals are a nuanced elderly folks with memory issues and they merely accept things that are not theirs.”

I am using the Orwellian 2.0 version.

Odie1941 on May 13, 2009 at 2:41 PM

2010 will be sweeeeeeet!

jbh45 on May 13, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Congress contains the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.

MB4 on May 13, 2009 at 2:41 PM

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” —Barry Goldwater

kirkill on May 13, 2009 at 2:41 PM

If a Congress is corrupt in the forest and the media doesn’t report it will the voters hear a sound?

myrenovations

Congress will hear the sound when the voters get billed for it.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Odie1941 on May 13, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Thanks, I like it! I’ll have to download 2.0!

kirkill on May 13, 2009 at 2:43 PM

The Democratic Party is nothing more and nothing less than a criminal enterprise in political clothing now.

Dusty on May 13, 2009 at 2:43 PM

I never can think of Judas Iscariot without losing my temper. To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature, Congressman.
– Mark Twain

MB4 on May 13, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Any chance that the real law is looking into this?

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2009 at 2:46 PM

IF EVERYONE CALLS, SHE WILL KNOW WE ARE WATCHING. WE ARE ENTITLED TO KNOW IF THERE IS CORRUPTION!!!!
District Office – 450 Golden Gate Ave. – 14th Floor – San Francisco, CA 94102 – (415) 556-4862 –
Washington, D.C. Office – 235 Cannon HOB – Washington, DC 20515 – (202) 225-4965 –

bloggless on May 13, 2009 at 2:47 PM

kirkill on May 13, 2009 at 2:43 PM

No problem, just send $59.99 to my PayPal account, including your SS#, age, height, weight, a picture holding today’s newspaper (NYT, WAPO, LAT only please) , car model, make, tag, proof of insurance and cell phone SIM card.

It should arrive by August 24th or something.

Odie1941 on May 13, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Most Ethical Congress Evah kills ethics probe into PMA … for the eighth time

And…
Most Ethical Congress Evah is also refusing to allow a vote on DC accepting homosexual marriage (no vote means the DC city council affirmation of homosexual marriage stands).

jgapinoy on May 13, 2009 at 2:53 PM

All congresses and parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.
– Mark Twain’

MB4 on May 13, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Dostoyevsky’s Idiot was epileptic. Even the autistic are given parameter leeway as their intense absorption of others’ emotions overloads the psyche.

Pelosi is not an idiot, just a spoiled corrupt and abusive liar. She has the nerve to demand that others cover for her, and lie to substantiate her lies. She’s cracking, and we’d all feel better for her removal from office except that her replacement is Rahm’s tool. SHE is proven a liar. The CIA is displeased with her. Rahm’s tool is not a proven liar yet, and that entire course of having to prove his lies would take a lot of time while he’s getting Obama’s Socialism legislated.

We’re stuck between a rock and a hard spot in the House. She might be easier to battle because her corruption is already a matter of record, and people don’t like Nancy.

Weird.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM

I kept telling people at the time, Jack Murtha’s opposition to the war in Iraq had nothing to do with the reasons for the war or his concern for the troops; it was because dollars spent on the war and the troops were dollars he could not steer back to his district and his contributors and Paul Magliochetti’s clients. This is the REAL scandal, if ever we could find an honest reporter to report on it.

Pelosi obviously doesn’t want THAT scab picked, since she put Murtha front and center in her campaign to lose the war and regain Democratic control of the House. It’s easy to imagine how different and difficult the Democrats’ campaign in 2006 would have been without “Ex-Marine Jack Murtha” coming out for defeat and withdrawal. My own Congressman probably would not have been narrowly elected in 2006.

There is a lot at stake here for Pelosi, and she will stop this investigation at all costs.

rockmom on May 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Where is the lapdog media? Oh that’s them over in the corner licking the ONE’s boots and begging for a bailout.

tarpon on May 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM

I think some of the Botox got in her eyes. She’s pretending to be blind to obvious ethics violations.

SouthernGent on May 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” —Barry Goldwater

kirkill on May 13, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Bomb, bomb, bomb.
Bomb bomb Vietnam Iran.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Any chance that the real law is looking into this?

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2009 at 2:46 PM

You’re cute

Keep dreaming!

blatantblue on May 13, 2009 at 3:02 PM

These boots are made for walkin’, and that’s just what they’ll do……OK Nancy….time to walk. Go away. Go home. Leave America. Go to……

afotia on May 13, 2009 at 3:04 PM

There is a lot at stake here for Pelosi, and she will stop this investigation at all costs.

rockmom on May 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM

She can’t stop leaks. The Democrats love leaks and whistle blowers, even when they hate them.

The new generation has better investigators than Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein ready to prove themselves on something a lot more important than exposing the failed exposure of the DNC flop house prostitution ring.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Rahm’s tool is not a proven liar yet, and that entire course of having to prove his lies would take a lot of time while he’s getting Obama’s Socialism legislated.

We’re stuck between a rock and a hard spot in the House. She might be easier to battle because her corruption is already a matter of record, and people don’t like Nancy.

Weird.

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Where is the lapdog media? Oh that’s them over in the corner licking the ONE’s boots and begging for a bailout.

tarpon on May 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM

I’m pretty certain that it’s not his boots that they’re licking. It’s something a little higher and decidedly less hygenic.

Vic on May 13, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Any chance that the real law is looking into this?

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2009 at 2:46 PM

THAT’S what Dick Cheney is for. He is the real law! God love ’em.

bloggless on May 13, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Last I heard, the peon Dems were not too happy with Queen Nasty and her Prince Harry. I would not be surprised if they all leaked a little.

bloggless on May 13, 2009 at 3:16 PM

“Most Ethical Congress Evah kills ethics probe into PMA … for the eighth time”

I don’t care if it is the 138th time the crooks killed the ethics probe. Do not let up. The RNC has to be on every media outlet they can find shouting about this until the left can no longer get away with this crap.

Are you listenig Mike, Newt? It’s not that complicated … stop playing nice!

Dukehoopsfan on May 13, 2009 at 3:19 PM

I repeat…if you want them out, you’ll have to kill them. Of course, I merely jest.

mr1216 on May 13, 2009 at 3:19 PM

And now, the only ex-Marine in living history is reported to have threatened his opponent from last year.

If this story gets more legs, even John Murtha may well learn the consequences of threatening a vet.

SeniorD on May 13, 2009 at 3:45 PM

This just in..

Congress passes law banning Speaker Pelosi and Democrats from using the word: Ethical

(HR 2999) Congress passed the John Murtha-Redneck-Racist bill banning Speaker Pelosi; Democrats from using the words Ethics, Ethical in any mannor, public or private. Admendment 29C9 (submitted by TN Mom) will henceforth call Speaker Pelosi Liar of the House…

Crooks!

TN Mom on May 13, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Here’s the roll call vote if you want to see how your Congresscritter voted:

Vote

rockmom on May 13, 2009 at 4:07 PM

I am the State.

cobrakai99 on May 13, 2009 at 4:08 PM

House Democrats on Tuesday stopped a Republican plan to force a campaign finance inquiry that likely would have investigated several influential Democrats. It was the eighth time since late February that the Republican move was halted.

Every member voting ‘yea’ should wear this notice around their necks (a la Scarlett Letter) for the next 100 days!

TN Mom on May 13, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Time to reshuffle this deck of cards.

jcrue on May 13, 2009 at 4:47 PM

And they still b*tch about Halliburton???

reshas1 on May 13, 2009 at 5:00 PM

I am the State.

Louis? Is that you? ;)

Laughing Jack is headed for a fall, and hopefully a nice long vacation. Nancy, she’s just disgusting.

mojo on May 13, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Hastert, Pelosi and Murtha should be very worried about what is coming down the road in their direction. Maybe co-ed dorms at prison.

oakpack on May 13, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Pft.

They don’t have to prove a damn thing to us little people.

Now shut up and move along.

Yakko77 on May 13, 2009 at 5:40 PM

maverick muse on May 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM

You are most correct. The Dems want to hang Pelosi out to dry, using her knowledge of details on the enhanced interrogation memos. This is an excuse to replace her with Steny Hoyer, a Rahm Emanuel lapdog.

Something is decidedly wrong when Congress has no checks and balances in policing itself AND can shamelessly award itself pay raises on top of all of the other perks it enjoys.

onlineanalyst on May 13, 2009 at 8:26 PM

The right HAS to attack on this issue. They HAVE to use the left’s words against them, over and over, and over. The right HAS keep every single inconsistency from the left.

There are no friends on the left. None.

madmonkphotog on May 13, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Murtha, ABSCAM escapee, controlling defense appropriations. Is there anyone more corrupt? You need look no farther than that to see what kind of danger we’re in.

It hits me every time I think about 9/11. ABSCAM. Yes they were fake payoffs for a fake asylum seeker and they got caught, but how many real ones got through over the years, and how much money did sleazy officials profit by it?

curved space on May 13, 2009 at 10:26 PM

reshas1 They still complain about Haliburton? Heck they still rant about Jessie Helms and Richard Nixon (Secret Rich Men’s Trust Fund Keeps Nixon in Style Far Beyond His Salary * The New York Post)and the infamous “Checkers Speech”. And toss in President Truman.

Just check half of the college classes and see that US faults, if not covered in class in subjects as far afield as English and Greek Civilization, are surely treated to exposition after class. I’m not saying that The One listened to this stuff as being black probably got him an ‘A’ from these liberal teachers without showing how liberal he is, or was. But it sure would explain some of the butt kissing, bowing and scraping on the recent self-flaggelation tour. Who is worried about Stalin when we had Nixon? And we only saved Europe for our own interests..

IlikedAUH2O on May 14, 2009 at 4:47 AM

Mother Murtha needs more money to funnel to his relative that is running his airport. This clique of political crooks has to sent to jail, not going past go and collecting $100.00

MSGTAS on May 14, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Ethics be damned! All that really matters is that the time has arrived to control the stupid and lazy American people.

That is what they voted for. That is what they will get.

DannoJyd on May 14, 2009 at 12:18 PM