PMA Scandal February 21, 2009 Update

Most Lawmakers Keeping Questionable PMA Contributions

Kanjorski, Carney delay action on funds from embroiled firms

Report: U.S. Rep. Dicks was No. 4 in earmarks for questioned PMA Group

Ryan to return funds

PMA scandal updated February 20, 2009

Massachusetts pols allegedly got funds for busted lobbyist’s clients

Tim Ryan Among Valley Congressmen Named in Campaign Contribution Probe

PMA Group Contributions Hard to Track

Embattled firm donated thousands to Carney, Kanjorski

Linda Lynch possibly the lady of many talents

Through my poking around I have found that Linda Lynch is a very busy lady. She is a homemaker, housewife, a PMA attorney, a teacher, a real estate agent, a consultant and maybe a PMA lobbyist. They are all of Woodbridge VA and possibly Dumfries VA. If I were a betting man, I think that this lady will have some explaining to do. Maybe there is more than one Linda Lynch in the area, but given the numbers and the donating behavior, I think she is another funnel for the PMA group. You won't read that anywhere else.

Tsunami of donations by PMA brings up questions of illegality

I listened to the NPR segment on the PMA Group online this evening and one of the things it mentioned was:

Among the PMA donors were two of the company's board members, who are friends of Magliocchetti from Florida, where he has a beach condo. In campaign reports, contributions from the two Floridians often appear to be coordinated — same day, same dollar amount, same recipient.

That could suggest PMA was making the contributions in their names, which would be illegal.

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:


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

The next lobbying scandal

Firm with Murtha Ties Got Earmarks From Nearly One-Fourth of House (CQ Politics)

PMA Group Shuttering Its Lobbying Practice

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.
Read the story at:

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.

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


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.
A defense lobbying firm that is a top political donor to several Ohio members of Congress has been raided by federal law enforcement authorities.
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.
Read more at:

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


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.
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.


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:


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.

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