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":

"… from 2007 to 2008, he oversaw a wide range of areas in the communications, transportation, interstate commerce, consumer product regulation, technology, and even sp …"

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 "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 "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 "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 "Center for Defense Information":

"… project merit.”Former Senate staffer Winslow Wheeler, an analyst at the Center for Defense Information, is more blunt: “Earmarks and contributions are both legal and constitut …"

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 "assistant secretary of state":

"… ferences. But despite those differences, we remain friends," Daniel Fried, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, told Turkish reporters in February 2007 …"

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 "general election":

"… re 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 one labor union committee a …"

"… n donations.The contributions supported 11 candidates in their primary and general elections. The cable industry has interests in a variety of legislative and regulat …"

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 "Chuck Hagel":

"… s121,850Representative Tom SawyerD-OhioEnergy & Commerce115,400Senator Chuck HagelR-Neb. 106,846Senator Frank MurkowskiR-AlaskaEnergy & Natural Reso …"

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 "manufacturing":

"… Democratic Leadership CouncilSponsors: TRW, a Cleveland-based technology, manufacturing and service company; and the American Chemistry Council. Neither company r …"

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 "Bill Allison":

"… ly legal, and none of the representatives has been charged with wrongdoing.Bill Allison of the non-profit Sunlight Foundation, and a former Center staffer, wrote …"

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 "Gary T. Strasburg":

"… r all government personnel as mutually beneficial to both parties,” said Gary T. Strasburg, an Air Force spokesman. He said the personnel were also conducting other …"

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