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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Democrats Still Stopping Ethics Probes

Democrats were able once again to stop an inquiry into campaign finance abuses and possible corruption by several Democratic lawmakers, including John Murtha.

Murtha, who posed as an ethical watchdog when accusing US troops as being "baby killers" in Iraq now seems rather shy about his personal record which has loaded his district in Western, PA with epic monuments to waste, fraud and taxpayer abuse.

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.

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