Try Some Quid Pro Nil

The New York Times has its 3rd editorial on the PMA Scandal yesterday. This one explaining the problem of the scandal as well as prodding the Democratic leadership to investigate.
The federal raid on a high-flying firm of defense lobbyists has prompted a few brave Democrats to propose the ultimate reform — an outright ban on the practice of lawmakers’ customizing budget goodies for contractors who requite with generous campaign donations. This circular flow of taxpayer money is at the heart of the investigation into the PMA Group of lobbyists.

Democracy 21 and other groups will push for PMA Scandal probe next week

It appears the push for a probe into the PMA Scandal has even riled the groups that originally worked with the Democrats to push for ethics. So much so, next week they plan to publicly push for a probe into the PMA scandal.
From Roll Call:
Next week, Democracy 21 and other good-government groups are expected to ask the House ethics committee next week for an investigation into lawmakers with close ties to defunct lobbying firm PMA Group, Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer said on Friday.


WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement regarding Sunday, April 26th which is recognized as national “Debt Day.” National “Debt Day” is the day each year when the United States Government spends all of its tax revenue and goes into deficit spending.

Democrats Under Ethics Cloud Benefit From Distracted Public

Allegations of ethics violations by a handful of Democrats in recent months reached something of a crescendo this week as two prominent members of Congress were accused of corruption.

California Rep. Jane Harman denied allegations that she offered to help seek reduced charges for two pro-Israel lobbyists suspected of espionage in exchange for help from a pro-Israel donor, also suspected Israeli agent, in lobbying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give Harman a key chairmanship.

Dems propose earmark contribribution ban

Now some Democrats are saying taking money from businesses who request earmarks is wrong. Will Marcy Kaptur support it?
Move over Jeff Flake, Paul Hodes and Gabrielle Giffords are looking for a piece of the anti-earmark action.

The two junior Democrats are introducing legislation in the House on Wednesday that would bar colleagues from accepting campaign contributions from any beneficiaries of earmark spending.

PMA Scandal Update, April 21 2009

Reps. look to cut ties between earmarks, donations

Visclosky Seeks to Use Campaign Funds for Legal Defense

PMA Group Brought Large Return on Investment for Clients ...

Congress Matters :: 2703% ROI on earmarks

A 'Majority' Definition of Ethics

On her way to recapturing control of Congress in 2006, Nancy Pelosi introduced a measure co-sponsored by Senators Harry Reid and Barack Obama that she called a "Declaration of Independence from special interests." Ten months later, on election night, she renewed the vow, saying: "Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history."

3 Linked to Lobby Firm See Donations Drop

Three senior House Democrats revealed sharp declines in donations for the first quarter of 2009 after the shuttering of a lobbying firm that in previous election cycles helped steer millions of dollars in donations to their political committees from its lobbyists and earmark-seeking clients.

Oberlin student has some disappointments at Kaptur meeting

An Oberlin College reported on his meeting with Marcy Kaptur and came away with some good and bad from the meeting.
"Overall she seemed very sensitive to our concerns, passionately interested about green jobs, and truly invested in making Ohio’s voice a player at the table. I did not however appreciate her characterization of this legislation as a coastal-liberal-elite-unaware-of-the-problems-of-the-Midwest endeavor. "

Read the other observations on the meeting at:

Republican who voted for bailout boo'd at tea party...

Lawmaker Reviews His Campaigns Amid Donations Flap

A House Democrat from Indiana has conducted an extensive audit of his political committees, after a lobbying firm that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his campaigns closed down amid a federal investigation.

Rep. Peter J. Visclosky, whose ties to the PMA Group have come under scrutiny since the FBI raided its offices in the fall, amended half a dozen reports recently filed with the Federal Election Commission in an effort to properly identify contributors.

Kiel Farm earmark by Kaptur ends up in the 2009 Congressional Pig Book

 Citizens Against Government Waste released the 2009 Congressional Pig Book. CAGW  identifieded 10,160 projects at a cost of $19.6 billion in the 12 Appropriations Acts for fiscal 2009. The Kiel Farm purchase makes a showing in the book with a pearl of wisdom by Marcy Kaptur about the purchase. 


PMA Scandal Update, April 14 2009

PMA Scandal Update, for the last week.

 PMA Noose by MSNBC

Murtha seeks earmarks for PMA clients; Visclosky steers clear

Lawmaker Said to Surface in Lobbying Inquiry

Kaptur files disclosure only after being asked by CQ Politics why she did not

Kaptur has another problem and what is interesting is the group of people her name is coming up with. The peer group of people who did not file are some of the same players in the PMA Scandal. The law says she must file 3/29; she did not.


Lawmakers Slow to Comply With New Filing Requirement

Some senior congressional appropriators are among those with known connections to committees that did not register as leadership PACs, until after being asked about missing the deadline.

Latta Courhouse Conferences for Paulding and Putnam County

 WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host two Courthouse Conferences on Tuesday, April 14th in Paulding and Putnam Counties.  


 WASHINGTON- Congressman Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host a Small Business Summit on Wednesday, April 15th at Owens Community College Toledo-area campus from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. 

The Small Business Summit is designed to gather feedback and share ideas among small business owners.  The Summit will also have panelists from various public and private sector organizations who will share insight and strategy for small business owners during this economic downturn.  

Earmarks of Scandal

New York Times has another editorial on the PMA scandal and the earmark factory it exposed.


Speaker Nancy Pelosi should listen to the wise Democrats who are pushing for an ethics inquiry into the far-too-cozy relationship between lawmakers and the PMA Group of superlobbyists.


Moore loves Kaptur


The controversial filmmaker (paunchy, wearing his trademark baseball cap) was shooting on Capitol Hill on Monday, interviewing Rep. Marcy Kaptur on the East Front of the Capitol.

A Kaptur aide said Moore chose the Ohio Democrat for the film because of her outspoken opposition to government financial bailouts. Moore’s associates first interviewed Kaptur about a month ago, the aide said, and the film is set to be released in the fall.

Did Murtha Say What He Meant?

A column in the Congressional Quarterly:


“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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