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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

Documents: Federal Funding Funneled to Rep. Murtha's Supporters

The Washington Post has more information on the investigation into Murtha and the campaign finance investigation.
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Documents: Federal Funding Funneled to Rep. Murtha's Supporters

PMA Lobbyist, Relatives Gave Lawmakers $1.5 Million Since 2000

CQ Politics has an story on a topic I noticed almost a month ago, that Paul Magliochetti's relatives donated a bunch of money to candidates, CQ totaled it up to the tune of 1.5 million. But what CQ did not look at was this behavior spreads to more than just the founder, it spreads to other employees as well.

Ohio lawmakers get millions in earmarks in budget bill passed by Senate

Plain Dealer reports the Senate version of the budget bill is passed and highlights some of the specific earmarks for Ohio representatives, including Marcy's.
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/123676041...

On a similar note the Political talks about Murtha's "earmark machine".:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19870.html

PMA Scandal March 9, 2009

Editorial: Flake is fighting a lonely battle against earmarks
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/editorials/storie...
Editorial: Flake is fighting a lonely battle against earmarks
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/editorials/storie...

PMA Scandal Updates March 5, 2009

House Tables Proposed Probe of PMA Group
http://www.rollcall.com/news/32907-1.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

Visclosky endorses some form of action on PMA Group
http://realtime.sunlightprojects.org/2009/03/05/visclosky-endorses-some-...

Marcy Kaptur ranks 11th on shortlist of money from PMA and its clients

OpenSecrets.org recently completed a closer inspection of those watching over our money on the defense appropriations committee and found out that those in charge of the defense budget have received almost 8 million dollars in contributions from the PMA Group and their clients. Marcy Kaptur was ranked 11th on this list of top 16 recipients.
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PMA Scandal Update March 3, 2009

It's time to stop ignoring pay-to-play
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/currents/20090301_It_s_time_to_stop_ignor...

Senate votes to preserve earmarks in spending bill
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5injFfO8MlwJfFFF_n29IR6...

Coburn, Flake Ready Challenges to PMA Lobbying Firm and Its Clients
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003065173

Senate Rejects McCain Effort to Freeze 2009 Spending
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docid=news-000003064991

President Walks Tightrope on Earmarks

Kaptur scolds member of Republican cult

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PMA Scandal March 2, 2009

Coburn Targets PMA Earmarks - Roll Call
http://www.rollcall.com/news/32773-1.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

Coburn Targets PMA Earmarks - Roll Call
http://www.rollcall.com/news/32773-1.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

Odds that Joe the Plumber will run

The Atlantic has an article on the odds of Joe the Plumber running against Marcy. For someone who was said to have his 15 minutes of fame, he surpassed that a long time ago.
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In case you were wondering about the odds that Joe Wurzelbacher (for the rest of his life aka "Joe the Plumber") will, as he has indicated he may be up for, run for Congress, BetOnline.com is now taking odds on that and other prospects for Wurzelbacher's political future.

http://politics.theatlantic.com/2009/03/odds_on_joes_political_future.php

More on Joe:

PMA Scandal Update, February 27 2009

Rep. Tim Ryan gets new earmark for client of raided lobbying firm
http://blog.cleveland.com/openers/2009/02/rep_ryan_gets_earmark_in_omnib...

Visclosky, Democrats defeat campaign earmarks probe
http://www.chestertontribune.com/Politics%20and%20Elections/226912%20vis...

Pork Chalks Up Two More Victories
http://blog.heritage.org/2009/02/26/pork-chalks-up-two-more-victories/

Piling on the Pork: Outrageous Legislation in Omnibus Bill
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,500844,00.html

Perk-filled spending bill passes House

LATTA STATEMENT REGARDING PRODUCER DIRECT PAYMENT ELIMINATION

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a member of the
House Agriculture Committee, made the following statement today in
response to the Obama Administration's position on eliminating direct
payments to producers.

"Agriculture is the backbone of Ohio's, and our nation's, economy. Our
farmers already struggle to maintain daily operations and during this
time of economic uncertainty safety nets exist to provide support to
ensure our nation's food supply is bountiful and safe.

Provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill provide these safety nets and while

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