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Lobbyist's Brother Guided House Bill
LA Times ^ | June 13, 2005 | Ken Silverstein and Richard Simon

Posted on 12/02/2005 11:27:25 AM PST by george76

A family member's ties to special interests raise questions in the case of Democrat John Murtha.

When Congress passed the $417-billion Pentagon spending bill last year, Rep. John P. Murtha, the top Democrat on the House defense appropriations subcommittee, boasted about the money he secured ...

But the bill Murtha helped write also benefited at least 10 companies represented by a lobbying firm where his brother, Robert "Kit" Murtha...

Clients of the lobbying firm KSA Consulting — whose top officials also include former congressional aide Carmen V. Scialabba, who worked for Rep. Murtha for 27 years — received a total of $20.8 million from the bill.

One of the clients, a small Arkansas maker of military vehicles, received $1.7 million, triple its total sales for 2004.

Several other clients received money that represented more than half of their annual sales from last year.

Disclosure of Kit Murtha's ties to the lobbying firm prompted criticism from Keith Ashdown of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan Washington watchdog group that tracks government spending.

"Family members lobbying family members is becoming an all-too-common phenomenon on Capitol Hill," ...

"What's even more troubling is that decisions about defense dollars are being made at family reunions rather than the halls of Congress."

Earmarks in appropriation bills routinely list only an amount of money awarded and a description of the project to be funded — without disclosing the name of the recipient firm.

... thousands of "parochial and politically motivated" items ...

Though Rep. Murtha would not respond to questions about which firms he sponsored for earmark funds, his office released a statement after House passage announcing the awards made to four KSA clients — KDH Defense Systems, AEPTEC, Mobilvox and Mountaintop.

(Excerpt) Read more at 72.14.203.104 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas; US: California; US: District of Columbia; US: Pennsylvania; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; abscam; bush; bush43; carmenscialabba; commonsense; exmarine; familymembers; gwot; iraq; kitmurtha; ksa; murtha; pentagon; scialabba; taxpayerscommonsense; wot

1 posted on 12/02/2005 11:27:26 AM PST by george76
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To: george76

Culture of Hypocrisy PING!!!


2 posted on 12/02/2005 11:28:33 AM PST by FlipWilson
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To: george76

LA Times ran this? Reads like old fashioned investigative reporting.


3 posted on 12/02/2005 11:29:06 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: george76

Well Well.........


4 posted on 12/02/2005 11:30:58 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right >>>>>>>>>>>>>>)
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To: FlipWilson

Yessir...Pelosi and Reid have been spouting the "culture of corruption" phrase for months...

WE, our side, needs to use your saying "culture of hypocrisy" as our talking points...and you can use the hypocrisy label in many, many ways regarding what the dems say vs. the way they act...


5 posted on 12/02/2005 11:31:18 AM PST by Txsleuth (9/11NEVER FORGET-NEVER SURRENDER, Sam Johnson, a REAL hero!)
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To: george76

can you say S C A N D A L?


6 posted on 12/02/2005 11:31:26 AM PST by proudmilitarymrs
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To: george76

Government is pretty much the world's largest wealth engine.


7 posted on 12/02/2005 11:32:05 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: george76
Murtha should go down but he won't go easily.
8 posted on 12/02/2005 11:34:54 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: proudmilitarymrs

My guess is this isn't even illegal. More probably its how the system was designed so our Congresscritters could get rich.


9 posted on 12/02/2005 11:37:26 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: george76

I hear he has a sister named Kaboodle who helps keep the levees up to snuff in Louisiana.


10 posted on 12/02/2005 11:37:43 AM PST by theDentist (The Dems have put all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: ncountylee; Chgogal; bitt; freema; Grampa Dave; neverdem; Victoria Delsoul

Maybe we can help him some.


11 posted on 12/02/2005 11:39:35 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Hmmm...could this be the reason he made this big anti-war splash all of a sudden..knowing sh#t was going to hit the fan in the LA Times over conflict of interest?


12 posted on 12/02/2005 11:47:41 AM PST by bkepley
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To: george76
Will the pull-out of US troops benefit his brother's company?

This needs to be investigated, HARD.
13 posted on 12/02/2005 11:51:20 AM PST by msnimje (Everyday there is a new example of the Democrats "Culture of Dementia")
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To: bkepley

Good Offense is better than a good defense?

Murtha also has raised some watchdogs’ concerns because his brother Robert “Kit” Murtha runs KSA Consulting, a lobbying group that represents some 10 smaller defense companies.

In 2004, Murtha’s brother was able to secure $20 million in the defense-spending bill for his clients.

Kit Murtha repeatedly has denied working directly with his brother’s office.

In comparison to Rep. Murtha, Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.), who chairs the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, receives far fewer political contributions from the defense industry, ...

“The other reason you see Murtha get so much is because Young does not ask for very much,” Ashdown said.

In the 2006 cycle, Young does not rank among the top 20 beneficiaries of defense industry political donations

http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/101805/spending.html


14 posted on 12/02/2005 11:58:00 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Murtha is getting his name out there now and prominently so when he is being investigated, he and the Dems can say, "Here we go again, another of our members criticize the President and now he is being investigated by the White House and their cronies just for speaking out against the war."
15 posted on 12/02/2005 12:00:29 PM PST by hophead ("Enjoy Every Sandwich")
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To: george76

Way to go, George!


16 posted on 12/02/2005 12:12:47 PM PST by Let's Roll ( "Congressmen who ... undermine the military ... should be arrested, exiled or hanged" - A. Lincoln)
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To: george76
Image hosted by Photobucket.comthis is why he's been out there running his mouth last couple weeks was to get his sympathy level up so he can play the victim when this hits the news cycle... kinda like a prevent defense
17 posted on 12/02/2005 12:17:51 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: ncountylee
Murtha got away with being an unindicted co-conspirator in the ABSCAM matter.

Perhaps, this time, justice will prevail.

18 posted on 12/02/2005 12:28:35 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: george76

From the LAT????? How this slip by the Editors???


19 posted on 12/02/2005 3:49:13 PM PST by MNJohnnie (Senator John Kerry is a slobbering buffoon on Iraq Rush Limbaugh 11-30-05)
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To: Txsleuth
Yep there is DECADES of material to use to illustrate the Democrat's Culture of Hypocrisy. Which ever Freeper dreamed this termn up deserves a medal. It just nails it.
20 posted on 12/02/2005 3:51:09 PM PST by MNJohnnie (Senator John Kerry is a slobbering buffoon on Iraq Rush Limbaugh 11-30-05)
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To: george76

Maybe this explains his sudden sphincter kissing of the left... he will need some Rat buddies to bury this.


21 posted on 12/02/2005 3:52:42 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: ncountylee
Nothing will happen. The MSM is too busy jumping on Cunningham's neck to waste time with this. If they say too much about Murtha, the mantra will be that he is being attacked because of his stance on the war.

Murtha has cleverly insulated himself from further investigation.
22 posted on 12/02/2005 4:07:56 PM PST by headstamp
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To: hophead

Ding ding ding! We have a winner.


23 posted on 12/02/2005 4:09:27 PM PST by headstamp
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To: george76
But, Murtha is:

"a fine man, a good man" who served with "honor and distinction," who "is a strong supporter of the United States military."

"a good man, a Marine, a patriot." "a fine man"

"a veteran, a veteran congressman and a great leader in the Congress."

Just ask any Republican politician.

24 posted on 12/02/2005 4:15:20 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: MNJohnnie; FlipWilson

That would be freeper, Flip Wilson that called it the "Culture of Hypocrisy"...he deserves the credit...


25 posted on 12/02/2005 4:23:44 PM PST by Txsleuth (9/11NEVER FORGET-NEVER SURRENDER, Sam Johnson, a REAL hero!)
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To: Txsleuth
Yessir...Pelosi and Reid have been spouting the "culture of corruption" phrase for months...

Speaking of Pelosi, she's got her own huge contract kick-back scandal that just won't get picked up by the MSM...
And surprise, surprise, Murtha is deeply involved, too!

Google link search of "Pelosi+Lennar+Navy+corrupt"

Here's one of the more thorough articles from the above Google:Link Status report: Legal Violations Related to Proposed Redevelopment of the Hunters Point Shipyard

26 posted on 12/02/2005 4:55:26 PM PST by XHogPilot (Islam is The Death Cult)
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To: XHogPilot

VERY interesting...and I hope that some of the GOP House members are making a file with her name on it for the ethics committee...

Thanks for the link!


27 posted on 12/02/2005 5:00:34 PM PST by Txsleuth (9/11NEVER FORGET-NEVER SURRENDER, Sam Johnson, a REAL hero!)
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To: UB355

They are eating their own.


28 posted on 12/02/2005 8:02:27 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Liberal Talking Point - Bush = Hitler ... Republican Talking Point - Let the Liberals Talk)
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To: george76
Stalder described Scialabba as a close friend he met while working at Lockheed. He said he didn't hire the former aide or Kit Murtha because of their ties to Rep. Murtha. Neither associate accompanies him when he lobbies the congressman's office, Stalder said.
 
"I do have ties to Rep. Murtha's office, but it is not through Kit or Carmen; it is through my own work and contacts," he said. "It never crossed my mind that this might look like a conflict."
 
"And I just fell off of the turnip truck, too!"
 
Only a complete idiot would make a statement like that!
 

29 posted on 12/03/2005 7:19:30 AM PST by Allosaurs_r_us (I can't use the cell phone in the car. I have to keep my hands free for making obscene gestures)
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To: msnimje

Maybe-maybe not, but Murtha make comments about the army being "broken" and needing more equipment and repairs. I am willing to bet that his brother stands to gain when money is appropriated to "fix" the army and make the needed repais.


30 posted on 12/03/2005 7:27:28 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: george76
Kit Murtha said he saw the congressman infrequently but acknowledged that his brother knew he worked for KSA.

"I don't think that influences him," he said. "I certainly would hope not."

Yeah right. Murtha should be investigated just like they did to Delay.

31 posted on 12/03/2005 7:18:42 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: george76
This must be what Oliver North was referring to last week on Hannity & Colmes. He said he had heard Murtha was creating all this hoopla so he could blame Republicans for trying to retaliate and smear him when this investigation became public. Murtha is a dishonest man! He claimed last week that his mail proved that a majority of the American people agreed with his position on the war. He has no way of knowing that, because only his constituents can email him, and you can't snail mail a letter to his office unless directed to. Your only hope, if you aren't a constituent, is to be lucky enough to get a phone call through to his office. The line is usually busy, and his mailbox is always full. He has no interest in what the American people have to say....he's afraid to hear from us.
32 posted on 12/05/2005 9:01:42 AM PST by PeskyOne
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To: PeskyOne

Contrary to popular opinion, Rep. John Murtha, the ex-Marine who called for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, is no hawk.

He may also soon be probed for misusing defense appropriations.

"If you want anything done on the committee, you go to Murtha."

He's delivered so much pork to his congressional district, an airport and a major highway are named after Murtha.

Ashdown and his nonpartisan watchdog group criticized Murtha for using the $417 billion fiscal 2005 Pentagon spending bill to give business to his lobbyist brother.

The Los Angeles Times in June reported that Murtha funneled nearly $21 million to 10 or more corporate clients of KSA Consulting, where Robert "Kit" Murtha is a senior partner.

Carmen Scialabba, a Murtha congressional aide for 27 years, is also a high-ranking official at KSA.

The newspaper Roll Call reported that there might be a House ethics committee investigation of Murtha's apparent improprieties.

But is that possible now that Murtha has become the media's "hawk with a conscience?"

Come to think of it, could Murtha have been thinking about a possible ethics investigation when he decided to throw himself into the public limelight last week?

http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=20&artnum=1&issue=20051121


33 posted on 12/05/2005 9:07:42 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Allosaurs_r_us

"If John Murtha had a Medal of Honor or even a Silver Star I might consider him a hero, but the Bronze Star and Vietnamese medal were handed out like M & M’s."

"Most officers who went to Vietnam came home with them, if they served in any kind of combat unit. Like most of us, of that era, he did his duty."

"Nothing more and nothing less."

"As far as his military expertise, I am not impressed with anyone who spent 37 years in the Marine Corps and retired a Lt. Col."



http://polipundit.com/wp-comments-popup.php?p=11478&c=1#comments


34 posted on 12/05/2005 9:10:30 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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