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Department of Energy disputes Rep. Murtha’s claims on earmark request
The Hill ^ | July 19, 2007 | Susan Crabtree

Posted on 07/19/2007 5:15:56 PM PDT by jazusamo

July 19, 2007

The Department of Energy is denying Rep. John Murtha’s (D-Pa.) claim that it supports his $1 million earmark request for a project in his district aimed at protecting the nation’s natural-gas pipelines.

Murtha attempted yesterday to quell criticism of a so-called mystery $1 million earmark to establish the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Concurrent Technology Corporation (CTC), a nonprofit technology innovation center in Johnstown, Pa., that has received millions of dollars in earmarks in recent years.

DoE spokeswoman Anne Kolton said yesterday the earmark is not a program that meets the department’s “mission critical” threshold, noting it was “inconsistent” with the department’s 2008 budget.

Anti-earmark crusader Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) challenged the earmark on the House floor Tuesday, asking if the “mysterious” Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure even existed because he and his staff couldn’t find a website for it. Flake’s challenge failed, 98-326.

In response to Flake, Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), who chairs the spending subcommittee responsible for the project, admitted he didn’t know whether it existed.

“At this time, I do not know,” Visclosky said. “But if it does not exist, the monies could not go to it.”

Republicans have since seized on that admission as evidence that Democrats are not serious about providing true earmark transparency as they agreed to do just weeks ago, after a standoff with House GOP leaders.

Republicans had protested a decision by Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) to not disclose earmarks in spending bills until House and Senate conference negotiations. Obey reversed course and agreed to make public each bill’s earmarks so that members could challenge them on the House floor and vote to have them stricken from the bill.

But since then, even those Democrats who strongly supported Flake’s earmark challenges last year have failed to do so in the same numbers this Congress. (See sidebar.)

Visclosky’s assertion is at odds with a press release by Murtha himself, which noted that the $1 million earmark will be used to establish the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure. The release discussed all the funds that Pennsylvania will receive in the Energy and Water spending bill.

“CTC has been working with the Department of Energy to use sensor technology to protect the nation’s pipelines and power grids,” the Murtha release said. “This initiative will develop and employ sensor networks for the supervision of pipeline systems to detect, identify, and prevent at an early stage material defects, pipe faults, gas leakages, or major damage due to natural disasters or human attack.”

In response to an inquiry from The Hill, Murtha spokesman Matthew Mazonkey provided a written statement that said the center would be devoted to the security of pipelines that provide natural gas to “over 175 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers.”

“Funding this project will address the two highest priority needs of the pipeline network as identified in the DoE National Gas Infrastructure R&D Delivery Reliability Roadmap: sensors and security,” read the statement. “This initiative will also devise the necessary warning/protection/coordination/response measures to mitigate or thwart natural or human threats.”

According to DoE spokeswoman Kolton, the same earmark was included in a 2007 appropriations bill, and that DoE leadership decided against supporting it then. The 2007 continuing spending resolution stripped out all the earmarks, so Murtha attached it to this year’s bill.

“The administration’s position is that we’re no longer supporting research and development for oil and gas because we feel that those industries are performing well enough and they don’t need energy and gas initiatives,” she said.

Mazonkey had no comment on the DoE denial.

Whether the administration supports it or not, Flake spokesman Matthew Specht said the information was too little, too late. “This is information that should have been available to members who aren’t on the Appropriations Committee before the bill went to the floor,” he said.

He said Flake only discovered that the CTC was involved after he requested Murtha’s earmark certification letter, a required notice to the chairman of the panel pledging that neither the congressman nor his wife has any financial interest in the project.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: corruption; earmarks; murtha
Would John Murtha lie about earmarks? It appears he has and it's not surprising.
1 posted on 07/19/2007 5:15:58 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 07/19/2007 5:17:50 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: jazusamo

Mofo Murtha, moronic man of mystery.


3 posted on 07/19/2007 5:21:29 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Nothing is better than eternal happiness. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore...)
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To: jazusamo

“Flake’s challenge failed, 98-326.”
Hmmmm, thought there were a few more ‘pubs in the House. Guess I was wrong. If more so-called conservatives couldn’t challenge this one, 2008 will be a good year for the marxist party.


4 posted on 07/19/2007 5:26:23 PM PDT by dynachrome (Henry Bowman is right.)
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To: jazusamo
He said Flake only discovered that the CTC was involved after he requested Murtha’s earmark certification letter, a required notice to the chairman of the panel pledging that neither the congressman nor his wife has any financial interest in the project.

Could the "financial interest" perhaps be funneled through brother "Kit"? I don't know, but there has to be a reason of self-interest when Murtha is involved, or he wouldn't bother with the earmark.

5 posted on 07/19/2007 5:27:08 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: jazusamo

bttt


6 posted on 07/19/2007 5:28:50 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: jazusamo

Mutha—a liar and a thief? I understand this “earmark” was going to one of his big donors.


7 posted on 07/19/2007 5:31:46 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: jazusamo
Wait! Didn’t Pelosi assure us that hers would be the most ethical Congress in history?
8 posted on 07/19/2007 5:37:39 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: freeangel
Well I for one am really impressed and refreshed by the dim's rejection of the old GOP culture of corruption.

Do I need...s\

9 posted on 07/19/2007 5:39:17 PM PDT by skimbell (Conservatism Works)
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To: smoothsailing

That’s my take on it. When I saw CTC it immediately raised a red flag and like you say, if Murtha’s involved there has to be something in it for him or one of his cronies.


10 posted on 07/19/2007 5:40:42 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: freeangel

I’m sure it is going to one or more of his donors in his district. There’s no bigger crook in the Hiuse.


11 posted on 07/19/2007 5:42:45 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: vetsvette

I seem to recall San Fran Nan saying something to that effect too and I believe Dingy Harry was echoing it.


12 posted on 07/19/2007 5:44:40 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: jazusamo; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; ...

13 posted on 07/19/2007 6:15:11 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, NIECE)
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To: jazusamo; smoothsailing

14 posted on 07/19/2007 6:16:21 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, NIECE)
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To: jazusamo; smoothsailing
I can't decide how to classify this particular cut.
15 posted on 07/19/2007 6:19:38 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, NIECE)
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To: freema

Ham cut = Moo-shoe murtha. lol


16 posted on 07/19/2007 6:24:20 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: freema

The more I read about this clown the more I think he was not the type of Marine one would want to have covering their six in NAM, or anywhere else.


17 posted on 07/19/2007 6:24:54 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Hunter in 2008)
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To: jazusamo

Isn’t this corporate welfare? Shouldn’t “Big Oil/Bush/Cheney/Halliburton” pay for their own pipeline maintenance?


18 posted on 07/19/2007 6:32:13 PM PDT by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: Hoodat

I believe it’s plain old corrupt murtha pork.


19 posted on 07/19/2007 6:38:39 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: jazusamo

The president of Concurent Technologies is Daniel DeVos. Open Secrets list the following donations:
DEVOS, DANIEL
JOHNSTOWN,PA 15905
4/2/1999
$500 Dicks, Norm

DEVOS, DANIEL MR
JOHNSTOWN,PA 15905
CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
3/8/2004
$1,500
Murtha, John P

DEVOS, DANIEL MR
CENTRAL CITY,PA 15926
CTC/EXECUTIVE
5/20/2005
$1,500

Murtha, John P

DEVOS, DANIEL MR
JOHNSTOWN,PA 15905
CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
11/3/2003
$1,000
Murtha, John P

DEVOS, DANIEL MR
JOHNSTOWN,PA 15905
CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
12/17/2003
$1,000
Murtha, John P

DEVOS, DANIEL MR
CENTRAL CITY,PA 15926
CTC/EXECUTIVE
3/2/2007
$1,000
Murtha, John P

DEVOS, DANIEL MR
JOHNSTOWN,PA 15905
CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
4/5/2002
$1,000
Murtha, John P

DEVOS, DANIEL MR
CENTRAL CITY,PA 15926
CTC/EXECUTIVE
5/15/2006
$600
Murtha, John P

DEVOS, DANIEL MR
CENTRAL CITY,PA 15926
CTC/EXECUTIVE
5/15/2006
$400
Murtha, John P

DEVOS, DANIEL R
CENTRAL CITY,PA 15926
CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES/EXECUTIVE
5/20/2004
$2,000
Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte

DEVOS, DANIEL R
JOHNSTOWN,PA 15905
10/20/1996
$1,000

Pennsylvania Democratic Party

DEVOS, DANIEL R
CENTRAL CITY,PA 15926
CONCURRENT TECH. CORP./EXECUTIVE
8/18/2006
$1,000
Casey, Bob

DEVOS, DANIEL R
CENTRAL CITY,PA 15926
CONCURRENT TECH/EXECUTIVE
7/7/2005
$1,000
Hobson, Dave

DEVOS, DANIEL R
CENTRAL CITY,PA 15926
CTC/PRESIDENT & CEO
7/31/2006
$1,000
Majority PAC

This is just his donations. If you look up CTC there are more donations to Democrats and Murtha (a few to Republicans as well including 1 to George Bush of $250 in 1999 and one small donation to Rick Santorum). If you look under Concurrent Technologies there are 102 donations totaling $88,575 with 1 $200 donation to the Republicans in general and $250 for dear old Arlen Specter in 2002. Everything else looks like it went to Democrats.

$1,000,000 gross revenue is a nice return on an investment.


20 posted on 07/19/2007 6:42:59 PM PDT by airedale ( XZ)
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To: Marine_Uncle

bump


21 posted on 07/19/2007 6:47:08 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: airedale

Thanks for that. A couple weeks ago I did a little looking and came up with this list of people that work for CTC in a short period of time. These individuals all donated to Murtha and I’m sure there’s many more.

CTC

12 .Appley,George W.III5/20/2005 $1,500.00
13 . Appley, George W. III 5/15/2006 $400.00
14 . Appley, George W. III 5/15/2006 $600.00
40 . Berkey, Edgar 5/20/2005 $1,500.00
41 . Berkey, Edgar 5/15/2006 $400.00
42 . Berkey, Edgar 5/15/2006 $600.00
118 . Cooper, Frank Mr. Jr. 5/15/2006 $1,000.00
142 . DeVos, Daniel Mr. 5/15/2006 $400.00
143 . DeVos, Daniel Mr. 5/15/2006 $600.00
144 . DeVos, Daniel Mr. 5/20/2005 $1,500.00
153 . DiVirgilio, Margaret Ms. 5/15/2006 $1,000.00
278 . Homan, Joseph Mr. 5/20/2005 $1,000.00
289 . Hudson, Jerry Mr. Jr. 5/15/2006 $1,000.00
325 . Kavoulakis, Thespine A. 7/7/2006 $500.00
354 . Knapp, Michael S. 5/15/2006 $1,000.00
463 . Monzo, Linda Ms 5/20/2005 $1,500.00
464 . Monzo, Linda Ms 5/15/2006 $400.00
465 . Monzo, Linda Ms 5/15/2006 $600.00
578 . Sarady, Emil Mr. 5/15/2006 $600.00
579 . Sarady, Emil Mr. 5/15/2006 $400.00
580 . Sarady, Emil Mr. 5/20/2005 $1,500.00
183 . Katz, Michael Mr. 5/20/2005 $1,500.00
184 . Katz, Michael Mr. 5/15/2006 $400.00
185 . Katz, Michael Mr. 5/15/2006 $600.00


22 posted on 07/19/2007 6:49:49 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: jazusamo
“Funding this project will address the two highest priority needs of the pipeline network as identified in the DoE National Gas Infrastructure R&D Delivery Reliability Roadmap: sensors and security,” read the statement. “This initiative will also devise the necessary warning/protection/coordination/response measures to mitigate or thwart natural or human threats.” Just send the checks to Murtha’s campaign committee
23 posted on 07/19/2007 8:43:26 PM PDT by richardtavor (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the name of the G-d of Jacob)
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To: jazusamo

I think an investigation needs to be launched

“Perhaps he should ask Pennsylvania Democrat John P. Murtha. He’s the sponsor for this earmark. He also did not show up to defend this so-called Center. Supposedly, the Center is part of a corporation called Concurrent Technologies (link to their web site), which is based in Johnstown, PA.

Here is where it gets interesting. Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) is actually a Section 501(c)(3) entity. Their 2005 Form 990 reports no direct support from the public (charitable contributions), yet it has received over $116 million in government grants in that year.”

http://blog.case.edu/james.chang/2007/07/18/what_is_the_center_for_instrumented_critical_infrastructure


24 posted on 07/20/2007 6:25:32 AM PDT by Garvin (Semper Fi!)
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To: jazusamo

With Murtha, as always, follow the money!


25 posted on 07/20/2007 6:35:32 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: Garvin

You’re absolutely correct and CTC isn’t the only company murtha has done this with, there are many. I still contend he is the most corrupt member of Congress and that’s saying a lot.


26 posted on 07/20/2007 7:44:52 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: Garvin

Guidestar has the 990’s going back years for those of you who’d like to look at them. You have to register but the free portion is enough. You need to look at not only CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION but the other subsidiaries listed at Guidestar CTC Foundation and CTC Public Benefit Corporation. Concurrent Technologies Corp spends a lot of $$ on lobbying.

Guidestar is a great site to check out the financials on any charity it’s at http://www.guidestar.org


27 posted on 07/25/2007 3:18:35 PM PDT by airedale ( XZ)
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