Skip to comments.Lobbyist's Brother Guided House Bill
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.
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Culture of Hypocrisy PING!!!
LA Times ran this? Reads like old fashioned investigative reporting.
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...
can you say S C A N D A L?
Government is pretty much the world's largest wealth engine.
My guess is this isn't even illegal. More probably its how the system was designed so our Congresscritters could get rich.
I hear he has a sister named Kaboodle who helps keep the levees up to snuff in Louisiana.
Maybe we can help him some.
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?
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, Murthas brother was able to secure $20 million in the defense-spending bill for his clients.
Kit Murtha repeatedly has denied working directly with his brothers 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
Way to go, George!
Perhaps, this time, justice will prevail.
From the LAT????? How this slip by the Editors???
Maybe this explains his sudden sphincter kissing of the left... he will need some Rat buddies to bury this.
Ding ding ding! We have a winner.
"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.
That would be freeper, Flip Wilson that called it the "Culture of Hypocrisy"...he deserves the credit...
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
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!
They are eating their own.
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.
"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.
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?
"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 & Ms."
"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."
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