Nonprofits' failure to report political activity to IRS raises questions

By Julie Patel

Nonprofits are required to report poltical activity to the IRS — Center finds three that did not and one that underreported.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Murtha":

"… the special election that spring for the seat of longtime Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania who died in February 2010. Burns lost. Representatives of …"

Daniel Inouye — Senate Appropriations Committee (and Appropriations Defense Subcommittee)

By Josh Israel

Daniel Inouye, the 86-year-old Senate Appropriations Chairman, doesn’t shy away from his big-spending ways — he brags about it. “It may plea

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Murtha":

"… tee counterpart, it does not appear that Inouye has followed the late Rep. John Murtha’s lead in using “The Murtha Method” to provide earmarks to defense f …"

PMA lobbyist pleads guilty

By Aaron Mehta

Paul Magliocchetti, a former lobbyist and key figure in the Center for Public Integrity’s The Murtha Method investigation, pled guilty on Fr

Excerpts from this story referencing "PMA Group":

"… d for the House defense appropriations subcommittee. Later, as head of the PMA Group lobbying firm, he represented seven defense contractors which received mor …"

"… presented by ex-congressional office or committee staffers working for the PMA Group. When asked about the four former staffers who have registered as lobbyist …"

Earmarks lobbyist indicted for illegal campaign contribution scheme

By Nick Schwellenbach

A master pay-to-play defense lobbyist in the center of a controversial web of Capitol Hill relationships highlighted by the Center for Publi

Excerpts from this story referencing "PMA Group":

"… sday by a federal grand jury.Paul Magliocchetti, head of the now-shuttered PMA Group, was accused of running an illegal campaign contribution scheme to boost h …"

"… irm’s “influence, power, and prestige,” according to the indictment. PMA Group once stood at the crossroads of an estimated billions of dollars in mostly …"

"… a bastion of former congressional aides-turned-lobbyists.Magliocchetti and PMA Group were a focus of the Center’s two-part “The Murtha Method” investigat …"

House ethics office asks for DoJ probe of earmarks

By Nick Schwellenbach

The House Office of Congressional Ethics has asked the Justice Department to probe the relationship between campaign contributions and earma

Excerpts from this story referencing "PMA Group":

"… ed on evidence the ethics office collected while examining the now-defunct PMA Group.The evidence will not be made public, despite requests to do so from Rep. …"

House ethics panel clears 'Murtha Method' representatives

By Nick Schwellenbach

The House ethics committee ended its investigation of the last two defense appropriators remaining in its crosshairs, according to a report

Excerpts from this story referencing "PMA Group":

"… ort did identify “troubling” behavior by the now-defunct lobbying firm PMA Group that was at the center of the panel’s probe.“PMA employed ‘strong-ar …"

Remembering Rep. John P “Jack” Murtha

By Nick Schwellenbach

Yesterday marked the passing of one of Washington’s most powerful and controversial legislators, one whose work was familiar to followers of

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Murtha":

"… in a statement, “We at Boeing are deeply saddened to hear today of Rep. John Murtha’s passing.  Jack — or Mr. Chairman as I called him — served his …"

Ethics investigation continues for two 'Murtha Method' Congressmen

By Nick Schwellenbach

The House ethics committee has announced it is extending a review of two Congressmen that were among the subjects of "The Murtha Method," an

Excerpts from this story referencing "PMA Group":

"… marks they made on behalf of clients of the now-defunct lobbying firm, the PMA Group. Both Visclosky and Tiahrt are members of the House Defense Appropriations …"

Leaked document reveals six “Murtha Method” Reps. under investigation

By Nick Schwellenbach

Seven members of a powerful subcommittee that was the subject of a recent Center investigation are now being scrutinized by the House ethics

Excerpts from this story referencing "PMA Group":

"… er items of value from PMA’s PAC in exchange for an official act.” The PMA Group, a now-defunct lobbying firm, was headed former House Appropriations Defen …"

"… closed that the House ethics committee was examining the activities of the PMA Group.In a statement released yesterday, ethics committee chair Zoe Lofgren (D-C …"

The Murtha Method

By The Center for Public Integrity

For months, a cloud has swirled around Congressman John Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee,

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… looking into defense contracts. Two corporate executives and an Air Force official pleaded guilty this summer for their roles in a kickback scheme involving …"

"… h bar to prove wrongdoing involving members of Congress in regard to their official actions. Stan Brand, a defense attorney with experience in public corrupti …"

PMA Group ‘excel’s at access to Murtha, document shows

By Nick Schwellenbach

It’s the end of an era for Paul Magliocchetti and his lobbying shop, the PMA Group. After 20 years of existence, the firm is closing down ne

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Murtha":

"… nusual access to the House defense appropriations subcommittee, which Rep. John Murtha (D-Penn.) chairs. “Like many lobbying firms, the PMA Group took a public …"

The price of independence: $1 billion

By Marina Walker Guevara

Once-loyal Turkey passed up aid to maintain its own Iraq policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Justice":

"… the Turkish government since 2000 for an annual retainer of $1.8 million, Department of Justice records show. However, that didn't slow down the Washington lobbyists …"

"… l.But in the weeks leading up to the vote, lobbying records filed with the Department of Justice show that Livingston lobbyists reached out to, among others, then-Speaker …"

Passing the bucks

By Sandy Bergo

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2007 — Representative Steny Hoyer, an aggressive fundraiser for the successful 2006 campaign for Democrats to take con

Excerpts from this story referencing "Melissa Bean":

"… biggest winnerThe top recipient of Hoyer-bundled checks was Representative Melissa Bean, D-Ill., who received $10,000 from his PAC and an additional $76,900 in ea …"

The politics of energy: Coal

By The Center for Public Integrity

When George W. Bush was inaugurated on the Capitol steps in January 2001, the coal industry, which had contr

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nick Rahall":

"… osed congressional attempts to bolster survivors’ rights. Representative Nick Rahall, D-W. Va., introduced legislation in April 2002 to give survivors of decea …"

When the Democrats wined and dined, here's who paid the piper

By Josey Ballenger

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2000 — Anyone who thought the Democratic National Convention was only about presidential nominee Al Gore must have

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jesse Jackson":

"… MacLaine and Diana Ross.In attendance: Ted Danson, John Travolta, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and othersLocation: An estate in Mandeville Canyon“1199” Foundation Fu …"

"… enator Paul Wellstone (Minn.), John Sweeney (president, AFL-CIO), the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representative Maxine Waters (Calif.), Representative Jan Schakowsky (Ill …"

"… o the public)Speakers: Representative David Bonior (Mich.), Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (Ill.), Representative Barney Frank (Mass.), Robbie Cox (president, Si …"

Kilpatrick not happy with for-profit earmark ban

By Nick Schwellenbach

Remember the March announcement by House Democrats banning earmarks aimed at for-profit entities? Not every Democrat seems to be entirely ha

A ‘Murtha Method’ encore

By Nick Schwellenbach

A review of the 2010 defense appropriations process reveals that most members of a key House of Representatives panel continue to engage in

Excerpts from this story referencing "Data Editor":

"… ered individually. Each was kept in the bill by strong bipartisan majority.Data Editor David Donald contributed to this article. …"

DOD officials junket to Johnstown

By Nick Schwellenbach

The Center’s recent investigative report, Pentagon Travel, revealed that over a decade’s time, Defense Department employees took thousands o

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Murtha":

"… least $36 million in earmarks and military contracts. It also operates the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport.• A trip in February 2004, during which …"

New life for the F-22 Raptor

By Nick Schwellenbach

Faced with the potential of massive job losses and under heavy lobbying pressure earlier this year, the powerful House Armed Services Commit

Excerpts from this story referencing "Patty Murray":

"… he F-22, which is made by Lockheed in his state — and Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington that requires the Pentagon to consider how decisions to term …"