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Earmarks for Donations in No. Va. [Jack Fowler] (Matthew Berry points out Jim Moran's corruption)
The Corner on National Review Online ^ | January 20, 2010 | Jack Fowler

Posted on 01/21/2010 7:08:08 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican

Over at Old Dominion Watchdog, Paige Winfield is reporting that long-time Northern Virginia Dem representative Jim Moran may become the poster boy for the kind of lawmaker Americans are getting fed up with. Matthew Berry, one of three GOP foes in this year’s race, charges Moran “has received over $80,000 this year in campaign contributions from executives, PACs, and lobbyists of companies for which he has requested earmarks totaling over $50 million. Such donations represent over 20 percent of the money raised this year by Moran.” Winfield says Berry is right:

Berry is correct that Moran received more than $80,000 from executives, political action committees and lobbyists of companies to whom he’s directed earmarks. In total, Moran has received $82,700 total from these committees and individuals, according to Federal Election Commission reports. MobilVox, Inc. tops the list of donors, contributing $8,300 to Moran and receiving a $2 million earmark.

Berry is also correct that Moran requested earmarks for donors totaling more than $50 million. The largest earmark requests were $3 million each, requested for EM Solutions, Inc., Argon ST and DDL Omni Engineering. All of the earmarks given to donors of Moran were defense appropriations.

Finally, it’s true that more than 20 percent of Moran’s $396,952 in donations last year came from these committees and individuals.

Aside: check out his Wikipedia entry for a look at Moran’s fisticuffical tendencies.

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: jimmoran; matthewberry; moran; va08; va2010
Jim Moran has got to go.
1 posted on 01/21/2010 7:08:08 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican
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To: RecallMoran; patton

wouldn’t it be a wondrous thing if the commie pugilist could get swept out with the populist tide?

2 posted on 01/21/2010 7:09:53 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Don’t bet on getting rid of Jim, his district is comprised primarily of Government leeches.

3 posted on 01/21/2010 7:11:03 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; Clemenza; Coop; Norman Bates; ...
More evidence of Jim Moran's corruption.

Conservative Republican Matthew Berry has the intelligence, experience and discipline to provide Moran his strongest challenge in over 15 years. Berry's December 8 blogpost on Moran's use of earmarks to gain political donations (see was discussed up by a Virginia political blog a couple of days ago and was presented to a national audience yesterday evening by The Corner on National Review Online.

As I've written before, Matthew Berry is the rare conservative that can win in a district as heavily Democrat as Moran's VA-08. See

For more information on Matthew Berry, or to contribute to his campaign, go to

4 posted on 01/21/2010 7:12:06 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Maybe, maybe there is a glimmer of hope this time.

5 posted on 01/21/2010 7:13:38 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: US Navy Vet
I'm telling you, it could happen. It is no more unlikely than Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts. As I posted a couple of weeks ago:

Conservative Republican Matthew Berry, whom I have known since law school and can vouch for his conservative bona fides, is seeking the GOP nomination for the 8th Congressional District of Virginia, which has been held by the bipolar, anti-Semitic, ultraliberal Democrat Jim Moran for over 20 years. The VA-08 is a Democrat district based out of Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Northern Virginia, having given President Bush only 38% in 2000 and 35% in 2004 and holding John McCain to a pathetic 30% in 2008. However, Moran’s personal baggage makes him an inviting target, especially in an environment as noxious to Democrats as what they’ll face in November 2010. If Jim Moran couldn’t get as much as 60% against an underfunded Republican candidate with the unfortunate last name of Cheney in 2004 (when John Kerry got 64% in the district and Dick Cheney was considered Darth Vader by Democrats), then he can certainly be brought down in 2010, his first election since 1998 in which he won’t have the benefit of a presidential or U.S. Senate race atop the ticket to motivate Democrats to vote.

A former lawclerk to such U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Matthew Berry is a federalist and a believer in the limited government set forth in our Constitution. He recently served as the General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, and he’ll be an effective opponent to the unconstitutional “Fairness Doctrine” that President Obama wants to impose on talk radio. His website also makes clear that he’s opposed to limits on personal contributions to political campaigns as were approved under McCain-Feingold. Matthew also used to work for the Institute for Justice, perhaps the preeminent property-rights not-for-profit in the nation, and he disagrees with the Kelo Case and will support legislation to stop state and local governments from taking private property for sale to private developers. He also makes clear that he supports the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and will vote to defend our Second Amendment in Congress. See

Matthew opposes Cap and Trade, and has set forth some terrific ideas to reduce our dependence on foreign oil: He also opposes Obamacare (because of its exhorbitant costs and its federal subsidies for abortion), and supports market-based health-care reforms such as allowing competition across state lines and reforming medical liability laws: His free-market approach can also be seen in his prescription for economic recovery, in which he advocates for opening foreign markets to U.S. goods and services, cutting the corporate tax rate, stopping the scheduled increase in capital-gains and dividend taxes, and defeating Obama’s undemocratic “card-check” proposal (that would take away workers’ rights to a secret ballot and allow union goons to coerce workers into unionizing) and other anti-business proposals. See

Unlike Jim Moran, Matthew Berry recognizes the importance of winning the War on Terror and of a strong national defense. See Matthew will arrive in Congress with ample experience with legislation regarding the War on Terror, having served in the U.S. Justice Department in the George W. Bush Administration and being an integral part of the DOJ’s efforts to win reathorization of the USA PATRIOT Act and working on legislation to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

By supporting Matthew Berry, conservatives nationwide not only can help rid the nation of the abominable Congressman Jim Moran, but regain the House for the GOP and make it once again a body that respects our individual rights and fight for our freedom. If I thought that Jim Moran could not be defeated, or that Matthew Berry could not be the candidate to do so, then I would not have donated to his campaign or taken the time to write this post, but the stars are starting to align and Matthew Berry, a conservative that can also appeal to moderate voters in Northern Virginia, can indeed be elected this November. I urge you to support Matthew Berry for Congress in 2010.

6 posted on 01/21/2010 7:15:06 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: xsmommy

I would certainly love it.

7 posted on 01/21/2010 7:16:46 AM PST by patton (Obama has replaced "Res Publica" with "Quod licet Jovi non licet bovi.")
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