The Campaign Spot

Ethics Groups to Pelosi: You Can’t Cover for Murtha, Visclosky, and Moran Anymore


Democracy 21, Common Cause, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG on Thursday called on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to probe the relationship PMA had with Democratic Reps. John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, Peter J. Visclosky of Indiana and James P. Moran of Virginia. The lawmakers secured lucrative earmarks for defense contractors represented by The PMA Group and received political donations from family members of the lobbying firm’s founder.

Best of all, the government-affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen quoted in the story says a specific aim of their effort is to get Speaker Pelosi to move on this: “She can’t just pretend it is Republicans trying to embarrass the Democrats. She has got to deal with this issue.”