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 "attorney":

"… portable to the IRS,” said John Pomeranz, a nonprofit tax law expert and attorney with Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg. The groups could get thei …"

"… nal charges for reporting incorrect information to the IRS, said Owens, an attorney with Caplin & Drysdale. He added that intentionally filing false tax r …"

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 "defense contractors":

"… ittee. Later, as head of the PMA Group lobbying firm, he represented seven defense contractors which received more than $30.2 million in earmarks from the now-deceased s …"

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 "John Murtha":

"… part “The Murtha Method” investigation last fall, named after Democrat John Murtha of Pennsylvania, the late chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Sub …"

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 "John Murtha":

"… ubbed The Murtha Method, after the late chairman of the subcommittee, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa. The stories looked at the earmarks’ relationship with campaign ca …"

"… arks and as a way to help win new ones.Gabrielle Carruth and the late Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa. (Photo courtesy Northeastern University Alumni Magazine)As an Argon …"

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 "John Murtha":

"… Murtha Method” investigation, named after the panel’s late chairman, John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, who died earlier this month. While the ethics co …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… e whose work was familiar to followers of the Center for Public Integrity. Pennsylvania Democrat John P. “Jack” Murtha, chairman of the House Defense Appropri …"

"… s congressional office. Murtha was 77.For 36 years, Murtha had represented Pennsylvania’s Twelfth Congressional District, which is centered in Johnstown; just d …"

"… nal District, which is centered in Johnstown; just days ago, Murtha became Pennsylvania’s longest serving member of Congress. A biography accompanies the death …"

"… a patriot who loved this country and what it stands for, and the people of Pennsylvania have lost a man who cared deeply for those he served.”Likewise, his deat …"

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 "John Murtha":

"… ng those involved was the subcommittee’s chairman, Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha.The ethics panel, also known as the Committee on Standards of Official Con …"

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 "John Murtha":

"… ommittee. “The Murtha Method” story, named after Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha, the chairman of the panel, identified six of the seven subcommittee membe …"

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 "Waste":

"… d he were closer to the top. David Williams of Citizens Against Government Waste told the paper in November that Hobson is “the epitome of a pork-barrel …"

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 "Congress":

"… ubcommittee — it seems that PMA’s access exceeded that of even many in Congress.The document — an Excel table of earmarks added by members of the House …"

"… xcel table of earmarks added by members of the House — was circulated in Congress on July 26, 2007. The document’s “properties” — which identify the …"

"… you just love how Murtha’s lobbyists had this list before most people in Congress had it?”Patrick Dorton, a spokesman for the PMA Group and Magliocchetti, …"

"… ntersection of its clients — mostly defense contractors — and powerful Congressional appropriators who inserted tens of millions of dollars in military ea …"

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 "Solarz Associates":

"… ng U.S.-Turkish relations." The day of the vote, the Livingston Group paid Solarz Associates $200,000 in "fee sharing" on behalf of the government of Turkey, lobbying …"

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 "the primary":

"… e donor or giving more than $10,000 to a single candidate ($5,000 each for the primary and the general election). But Hoyer collected as much as $136,000 from on …"

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 "Mary Landrieu":

"… ve W. J. "Billy" TauzinR-La.Energy & Commerce, Resources126,050Senator Mary LandrieuD-La.Energy & Natural Resources, Appropriations124,250Representative De …"

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 "Senator":

"… main fund-raising organ, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee nor the Democratic Leadership Council would reveal t …"

"… s with the FEC by mid-October, an FEC official said.Sponsors of Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Convention Events(as reported by the Center f …"

"… nonprofit, 501©(4) organization founded in 1984 and currently chaired by Senator Joseph Lieberman (Conn.). It espouses centrist, pro-business stances. Past …"

"… chairmen include Bill Clinton, former Representative Dave McCurdy (Okla.), Senator John Breaux (La.), former Senator Sam Nunn (Ga.), Senator Charles Robb (Va …"

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 "Sunlight Foundation":

"… sentatives has been charged with wrongdoing.Bill Allison of the non-profit Sunlight Foundation, and a former Center staffer, wrote earlier this year that “while the PM …"

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 "Lockheed Martin":

"… ogram alive and move it above the 187-plane limit Gates announced in April.Lockheed Martin, the lead contractor making the F-22, spent almost $6.5 million lobbying C …"