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 "Transportation Committee":

"… ed the committee on Indian Affairs. As chair of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee from 2007 to 2008, he oversaw a wide range of areas in the communications, …"

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 "John Murtha":

"… $30.2 million in earmarks from the now-deceased subcommittee chairman Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.In his plea, Magliocchetti admitted that he made hundreds of thousan …"

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 "Richard Ianieri":

"… employees can donate to company PACs that in turn give money to candidates.Richard Ianieri, a former Argon executive, wrote back and said would list himself as an em …"

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 "Virginia":

"… he House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, died Monday afternoon at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA, according to a statement from his congre …"

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 "spokesman":

"… rds to members of Congress or staffers and their relationships with PMA. A spokesman for Murtha declined to comment for this story, though Murtha has previousl …"

"… m.Moran, Koloszar, and ProLogic did not respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for QinetiQ, the parent company of Planning Systems Inc. said he could not …"

"… al Dynamics corporate PAC, $4,500 from L-3’s PAC, and $500 from LeSage.A spokesman for General Dynamics, which also received earmarks from and made PAC contr …"

"… L-3 PAC money, and $1,500 in donations from top L-3 executives. A Kingston spokesman referred the Center to a 16-point checklist they use to consider defense e …"

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 "deputy secretary of defense":

"… nne Feinstein, D-Calif., Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., and Paul Wolfowitz, then deputy secretary of defense, "to discuss issues affecting U.S.-Turkish relations." The day of the vote …"

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 "communications director":

"… g re-election, she supported Hoyer in his bid for majority leader.Bean’s communications director, Brian Herman, said the two have been political allies for years and that …"

"… to the same 10.Like Bean, Matheson voted for Hoyer as majority leader. His communications director said the choice wasn’t related to fundraising, but rather because they a …"

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 "John Murtha":

"… nced the trust fund originally set up in 1969, read in part.Representative John Murtha, a Democrat who represents a district in southwestern Pennsylvania where c …"

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 "American Israel Public Affairs Committee":

"… ewish Community Convention Celebration, August 13, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sponsors: American Israel Public Affairs Committee, National Jewish Democratic Council, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los …"

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 "Congress":

"… f the PMA investigation, the House ethics committee will advise members of Congress that they have a conflict of interest if they receive campaign contributio …"

"… ethics committee is already investigating ties between PMA and members of Congress and their staffs.The Senate passed its version of the 2010 defense appropr …"

"… “As we have confirmed before, the former-staffer mentioned never lobbied Congresswoman Granger or her staff, was not employed by the firm at the time of the …"

"… was not employed by the firm at the time of the request, and never lobbied Congress on the named projects.” Kingston’s spokesman noted that in his case a …"

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 "spokesman":

"… tually beneficial to both parties,” said Gary T. Strasburg, an Air Force spokesman. He said the personnel were also conducting other Air Force business in th …"

"… t has been delayed due to other ongoing investigations,” Gary Comerford, spokesman for the inspector general, told PaperTrail. A GAO press release in Decembe …"

"… ng investigation into 'the root cause' of Mr. Riecher's death…” An FBI spokesman, Bill Carter, said it is the bureau’s policy “to neither confirm or de …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… te — and Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington that requires the Pentagon to consider how decisions to terminate programs will affect the military i …"