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Did Murtha Say What He Meant?

A column in the Congressional Quarterly:

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“If I’m corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district.”

So said Rep. John P. Murtha , D-Pa., in a weekend interview with a home-state newspaper. What he was trying to convey was that the only thing his critics can complain about is his success in directing federal dollars to his district — if “taking care of” his district is a bad thing, well, then, he’s all for bad things.

It’s a classic example of setting up a straw man.

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Also:

PMA Scandal Update, March 30, 2009

Dems fear defections in PMA probe http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/20637.html Lockheed's Official Congress-Briber Closes Up Shop http://gawker.com/5190366/lockheeds-official-congress+briber-closes-up-shop

PMA Scandal Update, March 29, 2009

Star Lobbyist Closes Up Shop as Criminal Inquiry Heats Up
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/us/politics/30pma.html?_r=1&ref=us

More alarming to lawmakers and aides, however, is that prosecutors may turn their attention to the dinners at the Alpine and Capital Grille or other gifts they might have accepted from Mr. Magliocchetti — potential violations of longstanding Congressional ethics rules that could lead to more serious bribery charges if linked to official acts.

The Responsible Reinvestment Act of 2009

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will hold a press conference on MONDAY, MARCH 30TH AT 10:00 A.M. to discuss H.R.

Boehner Invites High School Students to Compete in Congressional Art Competition (THAKE THAT BOB LATTA!)

Contact: Jessica R. Towhey, Press Secretary
202-225-6205

Boehner Invites High School Students to Compete in Congressional Art Competition

Mar 25, 2009

Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) invites 8th Congressional District high school students to participate in An Artistic Discovery, a congressional art competition in which the winner’s artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

LATTA STATEMENT REGARDING PRESIDENT'S BUDGET PROPOSAL

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a member of the
House Committee on the Budget, made the following statement regarding
today's proceedings:

"Now that the President's outrageous spending plan has been revealed we
must focus on massive cuts to the budget to bring this plan anywhere
close to a reasonable dollar amount. This budget plan does nothing more
than dump trillions of dollars on our future generations in debt
payments so that we can fund new government programs right now. As we
speak, families across the country are forced to make tough decisions

PMA Scandal Update, March 24, 2009

Slow start for Pelosi's new watchdogs
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/20459.html

PMA Group founder once won earmarks for owner of Yankees
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/pma-group-founder-once-won-earmarks-...

PMA Scandal Update March 24, 2009

PMA Group clients migrate to firm’s former lobbyists
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/pma-group-clients-migrate-to-firms-f...

Companies try to clean up their act
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/20401.html

Name That Party: 3 Dems in FBI Probe, Party Affiliation Omitted/Buried
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2009/03/24/name-party-3-...

Latta courthouse conferences Seneca and Sandusky Counties

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host two
Courthouse Conferences on Friday, March 27th in Seneca and Sandusky
Counties.

The Courthouse Conferences will provide constituents with an opportunity
to sit down with Congressman Latta to discuss issues that are important
to them, their families, and communities. Congressman Latta's district
staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework or issues
regarding Federal government agencies.

Courthouse Conference information is as follows:

SENECA COUNTY
Friday, March 27th
8:30-11:30 A.M.

Latta named to House budget committee and Latta files discharge petition on HR 581

WASHINGTON- Earlier today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) was
appointed to the House Committee on the Budget.

"Now more than ever, Congress must get serious about the trillions of
dollars we spend each year in the budget. My constituents, as well as
millions of other taxpayers across the country have made it clear that
they are tired of out-of-control spending in Washington and I look
forward to conveying that message for them as a member of this important
committee," Latta said today after receiving his appointment.

THE INFLUENCE GAME: Mixing donations, earmarks

Those political donations have followed a distinct pattern: The giving is especially heavy in March, which is prime time for submitting written earmark requests. Over the past two decades, $1.1 million has flowed to the campaigns and leadership PACs of Murtha, Visclosky and Moran from PMA and its clients in March alone.

LATTA CO-SPONSORS VETERANS BENEFITS RESOLUTION

WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) signed on as a co-sponsor to H.Res. 249, a resolution sponsored by Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY).

H.Res. 249 “Expresses the sense of the United States House of Representatives that the Department of Veterans Affairs should take full responsibility for financing the health care benefits earned by veterans with service-connected disabilities.”

NY Times in favor of investigation into PMA behavior

The New York Times is supporting Congressman Flake's repeated attempts at investigating links between earmarks and campaign contributions.
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Congress is regularly mocked for earmarking taxpayer money to study exotic life cycles; this year’s favorite target is the Mormon cricket’s pestilential threat to agriculture in Utah. Too bad the Capitol has no appetite to study the ultimate in symbiotic survival: the relationship between campaign donors and the customized appropriations they are fed by grateful lawmakers.
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LATTA STATEMENT REGARDING AIG BONUSES

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement in light of the recent AIG bonus legislation.

“I have voted against giving big bonuses to employees of companies who received taxpayer money by opposing the Financial Market Rescue legislation and the “stimulus” bill twice. Now, Democrats in the House and Senate want to provide cover for themselves by passing flawed legislation.

PMA Update March 18, 2009

PMA Scandal Update March 17, 2009

LATTA, OHIO DELEGATION CALLS ON EPA FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE VARIANCES FOR OHIO COMMUNITIES

WASHINGTON- In response to the ongoing water infrastructure upgrade requirements from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency being placed on rural communities throughout Ohio, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) along with seven members of the Ohio Congressional delegation today sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking her to direct the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to grant variances for communities so that needed improvements can be completed as the necessary funds become available.

LATTA TO HOST COURTHOUSE CONFERENCES Henry County

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host two Courthouse Conferences on Friday, March 20th in Defiance and Henry Counties.

The Courthouse Conferences will provide constituents with an opportunity to sit down with Congressman Latta to discuss issues that are important to them, their families, and communities. Congressman Latta’s district staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework or issues regarding Federal government agencies.

Courthouse Conference information is as follows:

HENRY COUNTY

Friday, March 20th
1:15 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

LATTA TO HOST COURTHOUSE CONFERENCE Defiance County

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host two Courthouse Conferences on Friday, March 20th in Defiance and Henry Counties.

The Courthouse Conferences will provide constituents with an opportunity to sit down with Congressman Latta to discuss issues that are important to them, their families, and communities. Congressman Latta’s district staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework or issues regarding Federal government agencies.

Courthouse Conference information is as follows:

DEFIANCE COUNTY
Friday, March 20th
8:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

PMA Scandal Update March 16. 2009

Dirty Money: Rep. Jason Altmire, D-PA
WHAT: Altmire received the following dirty money: Communication Workers of America (PAC) $5,000 in 2008 election cycle; Boilermakers Union PAC $10,000 in 2008 election cycle; $9,100 in 2006 election cycle; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (PAC) $5,000 in 2008 election cycle; $13,500 in 2006 election cycle. American Federation of Government Employees (PAC) $3,500 in 2008 election cycle; $500 in 2006 election cycle. PMA Group (PAC) $7,000 in 2008 election cycle.
http://www.dcexaminer.com/opinion/Dirty-Money-Rep--41291457.html

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