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FBI Raids Second Firm Tied To John Murtha

From ABC News:

FBI Raided Lobbying Firm Connected to Murtha

By EMMA SCHWARTZ and JUSTIN ROOD

February 9, 2009—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

Asked if Murtha had been contacted by the FBI or if he believed he was the target of an investigation, [spokesman] Matthew Mazonkey said "no and no," adding, "I’m not going to waste my time with sensationalized journalism." …

The PMA Group has benefited mightily from its ties to Murtha. In 2008, it brought in $13.8 million in revenue representing dozens of defense companies and contractors, many of which have donated heavily to Murtha. The veteran Pennsylvania Democrat has helped the firm secure millions in federal earmark dollars. Indeed, in 2008, PMA clients won $299 million in earmarks, according to figures compiled by Taxpayers for Common Sense.

While the firm represents some defense giants like Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, a large portion of their business comes from small defense firms headquartered in and around Murtha’s district. In addition to Magliochetti, at least one other former Murtha aide, Julie Giardina, also works at PMA

So this raid occurred back in November. Was it before the elections?

If so, is that why never heard about it at the time?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “FBI Raids Second Firm Tied To John Murtha”

  1. CKO1986 says:

    Why indeed.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Another example of government wasteful spending by investigating democrat congressman without ever doing anything about it.

  3. patricko says:

    Gosh, this story doesn’t have any quotes from Murtha himself, so here’s an oldy but a goody from Abscam days:

    The FBI videotaped Murtha responding to an offer of $50,000, with Murtha saying, “I’m not interested… at this point. [If] we do business for a while, maybe I’ll be interested, maybe I won’t.”

    I wonder what he meant by that?

  4. AmericanIPA says:

    Gosh, he’s going to be in big trouble now isn’t he? We dirty Republicans sure could use a little ethics and honesty advice from the Dems right about now. More change we can believe in. It just keeps coming.

  5. pdsand says:

    Heaven forbid this had come out before the election, it might have created the sense of some sort of culture of corruption among Democrats.

  6. JohnMG says:

    ……”I’m not going to waste my time with sensationalized journalism……”

    Translation: So?!! You wanna make somethin’ of it? Now, bugger off!!

  7. Confucius says:

    BUT DID HE PAY HIS TAXES?!

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    I just love how the Fourth Estate covers a story……..I’m not talkin’ about reporting anything. I’m talkin’ about taking a blanket and covering it up so you and I have no knowledge of it ever happening. If this were my watchdog ………. There would be a burial today!

  9. jrmcdonald says:

    Life’s not fair? Go tell it to the Marines!

  10. Colonel1961 says:

    ‘…specializes in winning earmarked taxpayer funds for its clients…’

    Huh. Wonder how they do that? Luck? Hard work?

  11. sheehanjihad says:

    When he speaks, all I hear is “grunt oink oink grunt grunt oink oink”. He is a freakin disgrace…and the poster child for democrat party members. He is a greedy liar. And a traitor to the Corps..and to America.

    The democrats know it, and they are beaming with pride that one of their own can be the leader of pork barrel politics and still get re elected. He pales by comparison to the unbelievably huge pork laden debt package that his colleagues just passed though, I bet he’s actually jealous. He is garbage wrapped in human skin.


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