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Murtha Got $330K-Plus Boost from Democrats Right Before Election
CREW(Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) ^ | 12-3-08 | John Bresnahan

Posted on 12/03/2008 1:17:19 PM PST by smoothsailing

Published on Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (http://www.citizensforethics.org)

Murtha Got $330K-Plus Boost from Democrats Right Before Election

By John Bresnahan, Politico, December 3, 2008

3 Dec 2008 // Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), facing a serious challenge from Republican William Russell, received more than $334,000 in campaign donations from fellow Democrats in the two weeks leading up to the November elections, according to the latest disclosure report filed with Federal Election Commission.

The big cash infusion helped Murtha fund more than $600,000 in TV ads, the FEC records show. Combined with more than $570,000 in TV ads paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Murtha was able to dramatically outspend Russell, and he eventually broke open a close race and cruised to a comfortable victory. Murtha took 58 percent of the vote on Election Day, against only 42 percent for Russell.

Fellow Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), joined dozens of their colleagues in donating $334,000 to Murtha's re-election campaign in the final 10 days of the election. The money came mainly from the lawmakers' re-election campaigns and leadership PACs, although 11 Democrats, including Reps. Patrick Kennedy (R.I.), Silvestre Reyes (Texas) and Jesse Jackson, Jr., (Ill.), donated $16,800 of their personal funds to Murtha's campaign.

Murtha also received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from defense lobbyists, union PACs, and others in the decisive phase of the election battle with Russell.

MoveOn.org funneled nearly $219,000 in total to Murtha throughout the campaign cycle, a huge plus for the veteran Pennsylvania Democrat. Murtha has been a leading advocate for ending the Iraq War.

All of the House Democratic leadership except for Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who Murtha challenged following the 2006 elections, donated to his campaign.

Rep. Paul Kanjorski, another embattled Pennsylvania Democrat who survived a tough re-election challenge, steered $5,000 to Murtha on Nov. 3. The money came from Kanjorski's leadership PAC, Citizens for Action.

Overall, Murtha took in nearly $1.3 million in the five-week period from Oct. 16 to Nov. 24. Murtha raised $3.4 million for the entire election cycle, so the financial boost he got right before the election helped to shore up his support. Murtha's anti-war stance, reputation as an old-school "pork barrel" spender and claim that some western Pennsylvanians were "racist," made in defense of now President-elect Barack Obama, had threatened to sink his re-election bid.

Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) joined Reid in giving to Murtha's re-election effort.

Murtha still has more than $322,000 in the bank after the election, according to his FEC records.
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Russell has yet to file his post-election report with the FEC, so it is still unclear how much financial backing he received from GOP lawmakers. Russell took in more than $2.8 million, much of it through direct-mail fundraising, through Oct. 15. according to his latest FEC report, but had slightly less than $194,000 in cash on hand heading into the final weeks of the race. Murtha, in comparison, had $503,000 in cash at that same time.

The National Republican Congressional Committee spent $400,000 on TV ads late in the race in an effort to defeat Murtha.

Murtha also received another $21,400 from employees and the corporate PAC of the lobbying firm PMA Group. PMA has prospered in recent years thanks to its close ties to Murtha. PMA clients have received millions of dollars in congressional earmarks via Murtha while the Pennsylvania Democrat received hundreds of thousands of dollars.


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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: donors; fundraising; murtha; pa2008

1 posted on 12/03/2008 1:17:19 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo; RedRover
Murtha Swine & Circuses Ping.
2 posted on 12/03/2008 1:18:50 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
That slob murtha is the best advertising that the republican party could buy, and it's free.
3 posted on 12/03/2008 1:21:46 PM PST by oldbrowser (bipartisanship means capitulation)
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To: smoothsailing

As this shows once again the American voter can be bought but their votes don’t come cheap.


4 posted on 12/03/2008 1:22:09 PM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: smoothsailing
The PA voters who voted for him after he insulted them and the Marines, and was proven wrong on Haditha, are morons. I dont care how much money he spent on TV ads, they must have gone into the voting booth with their heads up their asses.
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5 posted on 12/03/2008 1:22:56 PM PST by Canedawg (The media is a ass, a idiot.," said Mr. Bumble.)
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To: smoothsailing; abigailsmybaby; ArmyTeach; Badeye; billmor; bmwcyle; brityank; ConorMacNessa; ...
MoveOn.org funneled nearly $219,000 in total to Murtha throughout the campaign cycle

How can this be? The enemedia and many of Murtha's voters refer to him as a conservative RAT!

Thanks for the post and ping, Smooth.

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To be added to the Murtha Watch ping list please notify myself or RedRover.

6 posted on 12/03/2008 1:25:50 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Canedawg

“The PA voters who voted for him after he insulted them and the Marines, and was proven wrong on Haditha, are morons.”

My future son in law lost five friends in the Battle of Fallujah while served in Iraq. I cried when I hear that walking piece of dung go re-elected. I wanted to move from NYC to PA, but as long as he and Rendell are in office, I’ll pass.


7 posted on 12/03/2008 1:55:28 PM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: Canedawg

ALL in PA are MORONS!


8 posted on 12/03/2008 1:55:36 PM PST by captnorb
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To: smoothsailing

I hate this fact... but the people of Pennsylvania deserve this rat bastard.

LLS


9 posted on 12/03/2008 1:57:29 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! so sue me!)
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To: smoothsailing

On the one hand, the size of Murtha’s margin of victory shows (to me, anyway) that he was going to win anyway, albeit perhaps not by as MUCH as he did win by WITH this money.

On the other hand, it’s still relevant that he got this last-minute money. For all the donors knew, the race was going to be much closer. And of all the Democrats in all the close races in the country whom those donors COULD have supported, they chose Murtha.

Just wow.


10 posted on 12/03/2008 2:05:53 PM PST by pogo101
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To: captnorb

“ALL in PA are MORONS!”

The Steelers were playing on Monday Night Nov 3.

The carpet bombing of Murtha commercials during the pre-game show and the game was overwhelming. Nauseating to me. Every score, every time-out, every change of possession.

The commercials painted Russell as a “carpetbagger,” someone who lived in Virginia and only came to Johnstown for the election. They also stated that Russell “flunked out” of West Point while Murtha was in the service for 32-years.

It took its toll on the folks of small-town PA.

It was disgusting. Murtha will burn in Hell for the calumny he perpetrated on a fine active-duty soldier (Russell).


11 posted on 12/03/2008 3:02:20 PM PST by eCSMaster
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To: eCSMaster

Since Democrats don’t believe in hell that won’t sway the likes of Murtha. He’ll just laugh at us “religious nuts.”

But Jesus will have the last laugh on all the godless.


12 posted on 12/03/2008 3:36:24 PM PST by deannadurbin
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To: jazusamo
It's a fact that the local media refers to him as conservative. They never mention the company he keeps. I can't remember any local paper writing about his closeness to Code Pink or the Huffington Post, for example.

The complete truth about Murtha is deliberately hidden from the average voter by the local media, and Murtha knows it, and counts on it.

13 posted on 12/03/2008 3:41:26 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
All true, and I think the fair election in America is over. Votes will be bought, the media will give us the candidates, and the politicians will continue to screw us. There is only one way back to the Constitution.
14 posted on 12/03/2008 3:59:20 PM PST by gunner03
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To: smoothsailing

The NRA supported the traitorous old Bastard....yes THAT NRA The National Rifle Association. I think we all need to let the NRA know what we think of that....


15 posted on 12/03/2008 5:14:14 PM PST by democratsaremyenemy
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To: jazusamo; RedRover
Clarice Feldman at American Thinker has picked up this story and gave Free Republic a hat tip!

Look Who's Ponied Up for Murtha

16 posted on 12/03/2008 6:49:23 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

What a gig! Getting paid to be an idiot.
Incredible.


17 posted on 12/03/2008 6:55:12 PM PST by rbosque (10 year Freeper!)
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To: smoothsailing; RedRover

Excellent, Smooth.

Clarice Feldman is a straight shooter. She’s written other pieces about the despicable Murtha and I’m glad to see she reads Free Republic!


18 posted on 12/03/2008 6:55:18 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: smoothsailing

People are fricking stupid, enough said.


19 posted on 12/03/2008 7:30:16 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: jazusamo
Clarice Feldman is a straight shooter. She’s written other pieces about the despicable Murtha and I’m glad to see she reads Free Republic!

Agreed. I've enjoyed reading many of her articles. She's very good.

20 posted on 12/03/2008 7:40:40 PM PST by smoothsailing
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