CQ Politics is running a story listing the nearly 1/4 of the House (104 members) who helped clients for a lobbying firm (PMA) with ties to Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) secure earmarks in the 2008 Pentagon spending bill. Here’s the full list.
Rep. Chris Murphy is on it. He helped to secure $400,000 in earmarks for that bill, in cooperation with others, for PMA clients. However, he hasn’t received any PMA campaign cash. The list indicates that Murphy didn’t receive any PMA contributions from 2001-2008, which isn’t surprising considering he wasn’t elected until 2006.
Former Rep. Chris Shays, on the other hand, did receive $1,000 from that group, and secured $1.6 million in earmarks for PMA clients. He did this on his own, not with others, according to the list.
Larson Got Cash From PMA
John Larson did also get some contributions that could be tied to the group, but he did not secure earmarks for them in the 2008 Pentagon spending bill. Larson was the only member of the leadership who didn’t secure any earmarks for PMA clients for that bill. Good for him?
This story is only now starting to brew, we’ll see how far it goes in the next few days.
Connecticut’s delegation might be well-served, however, by backing quickly away from Rep. Murtha.