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Murtha Lashes Out at Dem Leadership Opponent

TRANSCRIPT of the FBI undercover operation featuring Murtha doing “bidness” – January 1980

And (“GOP Lawmakers Float Ethics Probe of Murtha“), subscription required to read the full article but here is the salient part, particularly in relationship with today’s Pelosi-led Democrat House Majority:

Republican lawmakers say that ties between Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and his brother’s lobbying firm, KSA Consulting, may warrant investigation by the House ethics committee…

According to a June 13 article in The Los Angeles Times, the fiscal 2005 defense appropriations bill included more than $20 million in funding for at least 10 companies for whom KSA lobbied.

Carmen Scialabba, a longtime Murtha aide, works at KSA as well. KSA directly lobbied Murtha’s office on behalf of seven companies, and a Murtha aide told a defense contractor that it should retain KSA to represent it, according to the LA Times.

In early 2004, Murtha reportedly leaned on U.S. Navy officials to sign a contract to transfer the Hunters Point Shipyard to the city of San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

A company called Lennar Inc. had right to the land, and Laurence Pelosi, nephew to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was an executive with the firm at that time. Murtha also inserted earmarks in defense bills that steered millions of dollars in federal research funds toward companies owned by children of fellow Pennsylvania Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D).

Bi-partisan Congress, per Pelosi? I don’t think so. Except to ask the obvious question and that is why have “Republican lawmakers” not been protesting/investigating//crying foul a tad sooner than the still-pending “float”?

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