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Irey calls for ethics probe of Murtha
Observer-Reporter.com ^ | 9/27/2006 | Barbara S. Miller

Posted on 09/27/2006 7:52:59 AM PDT by Just A Nobody

Washington County Commissioner Diana L. Irey seized on a report Tuesday from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that targeted her opponent in this fall's 12th Congressional District race, U.S. Rep. John Murtha.

Irey hand-delivered a letter to U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan's downtown Pittsburgh office in the U.S. Courthouse calling for an investigation to determine if Murtha violated federal law.

Irey based her request on the Ethics Reform Act of 1989, asking for a probe into whether Murtha accepted "campaign contributions in exchange for placing earmarked appropriations into legislation he is largely responsible for drafting and pushing to passage."

CREW, which bills itself as a "legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions," labeled 20 of its "most corrupt members of Congress," including Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum among three senators and 17 members of Congress. Murtha, a Johnstown Democrat, was named to a separate list CREW called "five members to watch."

Santorum, an incumbent Republican, held a fund-raiser Friday at a Peters Township mansion with Vice President Dick Cheney. Irey, minority commissioner and Republican nominee for Congress, was among the guests at the Venetia event.

In a press release Tuesday, Irey didn't mention Santorum's position on the CREW list, but noted, "Lest you think this is some kind of partisan hit job, it is not. This is not a report by a Republican or a conservative organization. Of the 25 members listed, only four are Democrats."

Asked why she omitted the reference to Santorum in her own news release, Irey said Tuesday afternoon, "I chose to focus on Mr. Murtha. That would probably be me as the candidate looking at Mr. Murtha's activities and concerns that others have raised regarding his actions."

Murtha, through a spokesman, dismissed Irey's news conference called Tuesday on Grant Street.

"This is pure politics. We have a CPA who does all our reports and disclosures and we do everything by the book. In 32 years that I've been in Congress not one of my disclosures has been questioned or reviewed. We play by the rules in both fund-raising and reporting," said Murtha's media consultant, Ed Mitchell on Tuesday.

Leading the information on the CREW Web site on Santorum was the enrollment of six Santorum children in a Pennsylvania cyber charter school while the family was living in Leesburg, Va.

"I would have to disagree with the assessment of Ms. Irey," said Virginia Davis, spokeswoman for the Santorum campaign.

She called CREW "a liberal front group that selects a few token Democrats to the give the appearance of fairness, but this group is simply a Democratic front group that cannot be trusted.

"They've been targeting Republicans for years."


TOPICS: Extended News; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 12thdistrict; corruption; diana; dirtypolitics; investigation; irey; murtha; pennsylvania
"We have a CPA who does all our reports and disclosures and we do everything by the book. In 32 years that I've been in Congress not one of my disclosures has been questioned or reviewed. We play by the rules in both fund-raising and reporting,"

According to CREW, no friend to Republicans, you are NOT playing by the rules Ed.

It is inscrutable after ABSCAM and 32 years in Congress, there have been NO questions and NO reviews of Murtha's fund-raising or reporting.

WHY is that?
Could it be the degree of "influence" Murtha peddles?
Perhaps it is the trading of favors for campaign cash?

Let's have an investigation. If Murtha is as sqeaky clean as good old Ed claims, then it should be no problem to show off their impeccable record keeping.

1 posted on 09/27/2006 7:53:01 AM PDT by Just A Nobody
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To: smoothsailing; Just A Nobody; jazusamo; W04Man; xpertskir; freema; bert; chcknhawk; Kilo0311; ...
Diana may have upset the Murtha camp ping!



Anyone wishing to be added to the IREY/Murtha ping list let me know!

2 posted on 09/27/2006 7:54:23 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Just A Nobody

Onward to Johnstown!!!! BTT


3 posted on 09/27/2006 8:00:32 AM PDT by Flora McDonald (got teufelhunden?)
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To: Just A Nobody
From what I understand, Murtha's one of the most venal and corrupt people in congress. Let the investigation proceed and let's put this Benedict Arnold where he deserves....in the Warden's Bed & Breakfast.

4 posted on 09/27/2006 8:00:49 AM PDT by Clifford The Big Red Dog (Woof!)
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To: Just A Nobody
ALSO on the web:

GOP Opponent Asks DOJ for Murtha Probe
By John Bresnahan
Roll Call Staff
September 27, 2006

A Republican challenger to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Murtha traded appropriations earmarks for hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the clients of lobbying firms with close ties to the veteran lawmaker, including one where his brother works.
Roll Call



Anyone wishing to be added to the IREY/Murtha ping list let me know!

5 posted on 09/27/2006 8:04:15 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Just A Nobody

BTTT


6 posted on 09/27/2006 8:04:23 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Just A Nobody

How about a combat boot probe where the sun don't shine.


7 posted on 09/27/2006 8:04:26 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Flora McDonald

Great! Missed you Saturday!


8 posted on 09/27/2006 8:04:44 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Clifford The Big Red Dog
From what I understand, Murtha's one of the most venal and corrupt people in congress.

It's looking that way.

Warden's Bed & Breakfast

LOL - Love it!!!

9 posted on 09/27/2006 8:06:14 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Just A Nobody
"We have a CPA who does all our reports and disclosures and we do everything by the book.

Thanks for the ping Justa.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I think there are many people in federal prisons convicted of white collar crimes that also had CPA's, and many of those CPA's worked for law breakers that had much larger bank accounts than Murtha.

If I was Murtha's CPA I would be getting very nervous.

10 posted on 09/27/2006 8:06:56 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Just A Nobody

Irey based her request on the Ethics Reform Act of 1989, asking for a probe into whether Murtha accepted "campaign contributions in exchange for placing earmarked appropriations into legislation he is largely responsible for drafting and pushing to passage."

ABSCAM


11 posted on 09/27/2006 8:08:42 AM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: pissant
I like it!

Or.....just squash him like a bug!

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12 posted on 09/27/2006 8:09:39 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: jazusamo
Correct me if I'm wrong ....................

No correction necessary my FRiend!!! ;*)

13 posted on 09/27/2006 8:10:59 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Just A Nobody

GOP Opponent Asks DOJ for Murtha Probe

If he'd only kept his mouth shut about Iraq none of this would be happening now.


14 posted on 09/27/2006 8:11:03 AM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Just A Nobody

That would be a lotta messy bug guts to clean.


15 posted on 09/27/2006 8:11:20 AM PDT by pissant
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To: All

For additional information about Murtha's track record on corruption check out Diana Irey's new additional Website.

http://www.youdontknowjack.org/


16 posted on 09/27/2006 8:18:22 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Valin
DIANA! - Don't know Jack - Vets 4 IREY - Boot Murtha! - Murtha must GO - CensureMurtha

DIANA IREY for CONGRESS
600 Park Avenue
Monongahela, PA 15063

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17 posted on 09/27/2006 8:20:43 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Valin
Sometimes gifts just fall from the sky! ;*)
18 posted on 09/27/2006 8:21:37 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: pissant

LOL!


19 posted on 09/27/2006 8:22:14 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Just A Nobody

I don't know who his political adviser is, but the DNC REALLY needs to hire him.


20 posted on 09/27/2006 8:28:09 AM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: All
Leo has a good write up at MurthaMustGo
21 posted on 09/27/2006 8:28:56 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Valin
Let's not get greedy! We would become complacent with that kind of staffing. LOL!
22 posted on 09/27/2006 8:30:37 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Just A Nobody

In politics I believe Conan it best.

Conan, what is best in life?"
"Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women."


23 posted on 09/27/2006 8:39:06 AM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Just A Nobody
.....CPA......

Corrupt Political Apparatchik
24 posted on 09/27/2006 8:42:22 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: Just A Nobody; jazusamo; W04Man
The complete text of the CREW report pertaining to Murtha can be found here. It is quite damning.
25 posted on 09/27/2006 8:51:23 AM PDT by smoothsailing (Support The Troops-Support The Mission--Please Visit http://www.irey.com--&--YouDontKnowJack.org)
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To: Valin

Gotta love Conan!!!


26 posted on 09/27/2006 9:02:32 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: bert

Hey! Not all CPA's are corupt! ;*)


27 posted on 09/27/2006 9:03:06 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: smoothsailing
KSA Consulting

In 2002, Kit Murtha was hired by KSA Consulting, a firm that lobbies the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on behalf of defense contractors.

. *** . Mr. [Kit] Murtha joined the firm at the invitation of
. *** . top KSA official Carmen Scialabba, who had worked for Rep. Murtha on the House Appropriations Committee for 27 years.

In 2004, Congress passed a $417 billion defense appropriations bill that went through Rep. Murtha’s subcommittee.

. *** . The bill benefitted at least 10 companies represented by KSA
. *** . and KSA directly lobbied Rep. Murtha’s office on behalf of seven of those companies,
. *** . which received a total $20.8 million in earmarks.


PMA Group

Paul Magliocchetti worked with Rep. Murtha as a senior staffer on the Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense for 10 years.

. *** . After leaving the committee, Mr. Magliocchetti founded the PMA Group,
. *** . which has become one of the most prominent Washington, D.C. defense lobbying firms.
. *** . In the current campaign cycle, the PMA Group and 12 of the firm’s clients rank in the top 20 contributors to Rep. Murtha,
. *** . having made campaign contributions totaling $274,649.

In turn, many of PMA’s clients have benefited significantly from Rep. Murtha’s earmarks.

. *** . In the 2006 Defense appropriations bill, PMA clients received at least 60 earmarks, totaling $95.1 million.

House ethics rules prohibit members from taking any official actions for the prospect of personal gain for themselves or anyone else.

In addition, Rule XXIII of the House Ethics Manual requires all members of the House to conduct themselves “at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House.”

By earmarking funds for companies represented by Kit Murtha and Paul Magliocchetti, Rep. Murtha has violated House rules.

28 posted on 09/27/2006 9:51:57 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Just A Nobody
There are Certified Public Accountants and there are Corrupt Political Apparatchiks.

I assumed Murtha was referring to the latter
29 posted on 09/27/2006 10:05:37 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: Just A Nobody

"A spokesman dismissed Irey's news conference called Tuesday on Grant Street." - fixed it. ;)

And meanwhile, back in the 12th, 115 families, mostly elderly and/or disabled, in a local trailer park found out just how much good it does to ask Murtha for help:

"Post office turns down Murtha, mobile home park" was the page 3 headline yesterday- hmmmm, so much for "clout"? ;)

Btw, anyone actually "seen" Murtha lately? ;)


30 posted on 09/27/2006 10:07:17 AM PDT by Mrs. Ranger (lamenting the death of "common sense" - vote Irey)
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To: bert

Gotcha! ;*)


31 posted on 09/27/2006 10:15:17 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Mrs. Ranger
Post office turns down Murtha, mobile-home park

MUNDYS CORNER — The postal service has denied a request from U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Johnstown, to bring curbside mail delivery to about 115 families living in a mobile-home park here.

Residents were notified last week that they must drive 25 miles round-trip to downtown Johnstown – or find alternative methods – to retrieve mail.

WOW! Murtha's influence must only count when you have several thousand dollars to deposit into his campaign accounts. *snicker*

32 posted on 09/27/2006 10:21:55 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Just A Nobody

Meanwhile, on the *front* page middle is a really nice photo of Mrs. Irey speaking to area students(potential voters) at UPJ. (Gosh, she's *everywhere*. What brand of vitamins *is* she taking? ;)

And the last time any of them saw Murtha was??????????? Oops! ;)


33 posted on 09/27/2006 10:43:08 AM PDT by Mrs. Ranger (lamenting the death of "common sense" - vote Irey)
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To: Mrs. Ranger; IPWGOP
Btw, anyone actually "seen" Murtha lately? ;)

Funny you keep mentioning that. At Boot Murtha we're working on a map (may not get finished until after this weekend's rally) of Mr. Murtha's campaign for re-election. Hey, I didn't say it was for his re-election! :-) This map paints quite a picture.

34 posted on 09/27/2006 10:45:56 AM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop

I keep mentioning it because I'm still waiting for him to start actually "campaigning" here in his district. You remember us, the people who will actually be voting? ;)

Evidently he still thinks he's running unopposed? ;)


35 posted on 09/27/2006 11:04:41 AM PDT by Mrs. Ranger (lamenting the death of "common sense" - vote Irey)
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To: Mrs. Ranger
You remember us, the people who will actually be voting? ;)

No, I don't believe we've met. What state are you in? Colorado? New Hampshire? Those are some recent public appearances for Jackie boy.

36 posted on 09/27/2006 11:07:04 AM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop

LOL! Actually, I will be in NH next week, but I won't be telling people there where I'm from. I'm tired of being embarrassed.

And now off to work. Hey, maybe I'll do another poll? ;)


37 posted on 09/27/2006 11:21:39 AM PDT by Mrs. Ranger (lamenting the death of "common sense" - vote Irey)
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To: Just A Nobody
As Napoleon Dynamite would say, "Luckeee"!

http://vets4irey.com/DianaTSRally1/pages/DSC_7609.htm
38 posted on 09/27/2006 11:26:53 AM PDT by Crawdad (My kingdom for a real conservative without a conscience.)
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To: Mrs. Ranger
lol! I would think you would be thrilled he is out of your back pockets hair! ;*)
39 posted on 09/27/2006 11:47:17 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Crawdad
Thanks! I was looking for that photo!

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40 posted on 09/27/2006 11:49:34 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks for the link to the crew report, it is quite damning indeed. Seems there were many coincidences regarding Murtha, ear marks, campaign contributions and lobbyists. This is going to be interesting.


41 posted on 09/27/2006 11:54:36 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Just A Nobody

That's a great photo, Justa. I'll bet that will be in a Congressional office in the not too distant future. :-)


42 posted on 09/27/2006 11:58:28 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: jazusamo
I'll bet that will be in a Congressional office in the not too distant future. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

It is a great photo and a great idea, Jaz! Thanks!

43 posted on 09/27/2006 12:07:14 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Just A Nobody
Here's another piece on "Daddy Warbucks" Murtha here.
44 posted on 09/27/2006 1:03:29 PM PDT by Psycmeistr (http://murthamustgo.blogspot.com)
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To: Psycmeistr; smoothsailing; jazusamo; xpertskir
Thanks Psycmeister! Excellent piece.

I could not get your FReeper name spelled right earlier to ping you. Apologies!

45 posted on 09/27/2006 1:24:34 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Psycmeistr

Great piece, thanks for the link.


46 posted on 09/27/2006 1:34:04 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Just A Nobody

B U M P


47 posted on 09/27/2006 8:13:31 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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