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Kaptur receives 2k from donor that never worked for company reported-does he exist?

Please bear with me, since this is breaking news, I will be posting quite a bit about the scandal as different angles appear or something noteworthy shows up.

The Hill is reporting another donor, Jon Walker, never existed or at least did not work for the company reported.

Unlike the donor in the Washington Post article, this donor has given to Marcy Kaptur.

From The Hill:

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PMA scandal update Feb 19, 2009

List of stories of interest on the PMA scandal:

Lobbying Firm's Ties To Democrats Under Scrutiny -really good
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100850606

The next lobbying scandal
http://blog.nj.com/njv_thurman_hart/2009/02/the_next_lobbying_scandal.html

Firm with Murtha Ties Got Earmarks From Nearly One-Fourth of House (CQ Politics)
http://www.taxpayer.net/resources.php?category=&type=Project&proj_id=193...

PMA Group Shuttering Its Lobbying Practice
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003055876

Congressional Quarterly names Kaptur as one of 104 to get specific earmarks for PMA clients in one bill

The Congressional Quarterly has a feature story today on how PMA secured 300 million in earmarks in one bill. Marcy Kaptur is included in the 104 and is solely responsible for 1.6 million in earmarks specifically for PMA clients. This ranked her 29th out of 104 for that bill. There are 435 members of the house and only those 104 asked for earmarks for PMA clients in the 2008 defense appropriations law. Marcy Kaptur is #19 out of the top twenty recipients of PMA lobbying money.
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Read the story at:
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003055541

More info comes out on the shady acts of Kaptur's largest contributor-more questions

More is being reported on Marcy Kaptur's largest donor last year, the lobbyist group PMA. There are some very shady campaign finance/lobbying reporting going on as reported by the Washington Post. This is potentially could be as big as Tom Noe or Jack Abramoff and you know how many people they brought down in 06. Has the Blade run any reports on this? I may have missed it.
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Not one member has read this

Latta oposes H.R. 1

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following
statement after he and all 178 House Republicans voted against H.R. 1,
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"Unfortunately, H.R. 1, the Democrat's spending bill, is still
fundamentally flawed and the Conference Committee did nothing to change
the fact that this is basically a pork barrel bill by the Democrat
majority in Congress and the administration. No one had time to read
this legislation which will cost American taxpayers over $1 trillion, in

Bob Latta to host courthouse conferences - Lucas County

LATTA TO HOST COURTHOUSE CONFERENCES

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host a series
of Courthouse Conferences throughout the Fifth District during the week
of February 16th.

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:

Lobbyist that gave Kaptur 40k now under investigation

What? Marcy Kaptur taking big bucks from a lobbying firm? I thought she denounced the special interests. Well this special interest, which she accepted big money from, is now under investigation.
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A defense lobbying firm that is a top political donor to several Ohio members of Congress has been raided by federal law enforcement authorities.
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Hobson got $87,500 from PMA throughout his career, while Kaptur got $40,500. During the last election cycle, PMA gave Kaptur's campaign $26,500. Kaptur's top all-time donors are unions.
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Read more at:

Bob Latta's two press releases: art competition and joining the whip team

LATTA ANNOUNCES 2009 CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION

BOWLING GREEN- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) announces the
2009 Congressional Art Competition for Ohio's Fifth Congressional
District. The competition is open to all high school students who
reside in the Fifth Congressional District.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent chance for high
school students across our great nation to showcase their artistic
ability, and I look forward to seeing the great artistic talent students
in the Fifth District possess," Latta said in today's announcement.

Is the stimulus legislation, $ 800,000,000 of new spending, good for our country?

Yes, Obama says we need it now . It will put us on a path to recovery
40% (32 votes)
No, spending needs to be cut, not increased. This is more Bush -type overspending. It could collapse our govt
60% (49 votes)
Total votes: 81

Marcy Kaptur home this weekend, should she be?

Stopped at Sofo Foods on Monroe St. this evening, and as we got to the register, the wife says to me "I think that was Marcy Kaptur two people in front of us". Lucky for Marcy, I wasn't paying attention, but sure enough, I see a Ford Five Hundred sedan with the plate MCK 9 backing out of a parking space.

I wish I'd realized it was her. I doubt she gets to talk very often with an actual constituent who hadn't been cleared by her staff. I would have loved to share my opinion on the "Porkulus" bill, though I doubt it would change her mind.

780 Billion $ stimulus package deal by Senate

This is shocking to me. This is early spending , deficit spending. There is much more to come . What if there is a big natural disaster or terrorrist attack? There is no money for these. http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D966D55O0&show_article=1
Much of this looks like pork , which Obama now defends.

All in Fun!

A friend forwarded this to me today. The note says it is an authentic e-mail sent to Sen. Tom Harkin. I'm not so sure. Thought I'd share--

The Honorable Tom Harkin
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Phone (202) 224 3254
Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Harkin,

As a native Iowan and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.

LATTA OPPOSES DIGITAL TELEVISION TRANSITION DELAY

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after voting against S. 352, the DTV Delay Act.

Squatters "Rights"?

I'm surprised no one else posted this--

Marcy Kaptur tells homeowners facing eviction to exercise their squatter's rights. She told Congress earlier this month, "I say to the American people, you be squatters in your own homes. Don't you leave," and was interviewed by Lou Dobbs last week on the subject.

Read the Blade story here:http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090131/NEWS16/901310383/0/SPORTS08

LATTA ADDRESSES PRO-LIFE GROUP FROM OHIO'S FIFTH DISTRICT

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement today after addressing the March for Life on the National Mall and meeting with pro-life groups from the Fifth District today who traveled to Washington, D.C.

Latta Opposes H.R. 384

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following
statement after voting against H.R. 384, the TARP Reform and
Accountability act.

"I have firmly opposed the Troubled Relief Assets Program (TARP) since
its inclusion in the financial market rescue legislation. The vague
language and lack of accountability within the TARP program raises
serious concerns about how American taxpayer dollars are being spent.
Unfortunately H.R. 384, the TARP Reform and Accountability Act, inflicts
even more harm on American taxpayers and our free-market economy. H.R.

Latta Signs Letter Asking President Obama to Withdraw Pledge to Sign So-Called "Freedom of Choice" Act

House Republicans Ask President Obama to Withdraw Pledge to Sign
So-Called "Freedom of Choice" Act

Pro-Life Legislators Warn Enactment of FOCA Agenda Would Increase
Abortions and Divide America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Led by House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH),
more than 80 House Republican legislators today called on President
Obama to withdraw his pledge to sign the so-called "Freedom of Choice"
Act (FOCA), legislation that would overturn virtually all pro-life laws
nationwide. The request by House GOP legislators comes on the eve of

Rob Portman to announce Senate bid in Toledo tomorrow - Updated

Rob Portman will be in Toledo tomorrow afternoon at Tony Packo’s on Front Street about 5 pm. To announce his run for the US senate seat currently held by Senator George Voinovich.
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ROB PORTMAN LAUNCHES STATEWIDE ANNOUNCEMENT TOUR

Cincinnati, OH - Rob Portman will launch a statewide tour on Wednesday to announce his interest in seeking Senator George Voinovich’s U.S. Senate seat. Senator Voinovich recently announced that he will not be seeking a third term in 2010.

LATTA INTRODUCES LEGISLATION FOR 111TH CONGRESS

WASHINGTON- Earlier today, Congressman Latta (R- Bowling Green)
re-introduced the following legislation he sponsored in the 110th
Congress.

-The TRICARE Continuity of Coverage for National Guard and Reserve
Families Act of 2009, a bill that allows retired members of National
Guard and reserve units with 20 or more years of faithful and honorable
service to purchase healthcare that was available to them during their
time in active service or after they reach 60 years of age. Currently,
members who have retired but are not yet 60 years of age are not

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