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Pelosi's Ethical Congress

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made some big promises when the Democrats took over Congress after the 2006 mid term elections. Among them was this whopper:

"This leadership team will create the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history" - Speaker-Elect Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Press Release, November 16, 2006

Even Speaker Pelosi might grudgingly admit that promises like that would be easier to keep if the FBI didn't get in the way. Last November the FBI raided the offices of PMA, a top defense lobbying firm that had close ties to Democrats:

"PMA, one of the top defense lobbying firms in Washington which has disintegrated in recent weeks, is under federal investigation focused on campaign contributions. PMA's founder Paul Magliocchetti was a longtime defense appropriations staff member who worked closely with several key appropriators, including Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the defense panel chairman, and Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.)."

Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) have decided to return campaign contributions from the firm but Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.)....

has not indicated whether he will return any PMA money. He has received $105,000 from PMA employees from 2001 through 2008.

What a surprise! Congressman Jack "Haditha" Murtha is having trouble figuring out the right thing to do. That some of the questionable campaign contributions appear to have originated from the wallets of a golf pro and a wine steward at the Ritz Carlton hotel on Amelia Island (both of whom conveniently happened to be on the board of directors of defense contractor lobbying firm PMA) seems not to trouble Haditha Jack as much as it does his colleagues in the House and Senate (Representative Lofgren chairs the House ethics committee! You can't make this stuff up).

The Hill goes on to note:

Over the years, PMA has benefited from its ties to Murtha and the other defense appropriators who have helped the firm secure millions of dollars in federal earmarks. A large portion of PMA's business comes from companies headquartered in and around Murtha's district in Johnstown, Pa....

When Murtha was struggling with an unexpected challenge in his reelection campaign after remarking that voters in his district were racist, PMA lobbyists donated thousands of dollars to his campaign.

Surely Congressman Murtha won't object when declare him guilty until proven innocent. That Red Queen justice stings, doesn't it Congressman?


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Comments (7)

It is not surprising that t... (Below threshold)

It is not surprising that the Dems are so corrupt. They always do the opposite of what they say. They say they are the first to protect our Constitutional Rights, but they are taking them away, such the First Amendment with the "Fairness Doctrine" or the Second Amendment with excessive gun laws. They say they are going to be transparent and open, but they keep the "Spendulous" Bill behind closed doors and write it in the dark of night. Then, no one can read it.

Then, of course, they say that the Republicans are corrupt and they are not. But, Rangle, Dodd, Franks, Murtha, Daschle, Blagojevich, Burris, Clinton, Geithner, Emmanuel, and the list goes on and on are all corrupt in some manner. Most them are still in office, even though they should not be. HYPOCRITES!


The words "ethical" and "Co... (Below threshold)

The words "ethical" and "Congress" do not belong in the same sentence.

A successful politician in ... (Below threshold)

A successful politician in this country is corrupt until proven otherwise, irrespective of political affiliation. I am really getting tired of this hackneyed argument.

One of Pelosi's first acts ... (Below threshold)

One of Pelosi's first acts was to push through the minimum wage hike. However, workers in American Samoa were exempted. You see, many American Samoans are employed in the tuna industry. The corporate HQ of StarKist Tuna is located in San Francisco CA, the congressional district represented by... Nancy Pelosi.

You do the math.

Every politician makes the ... (Below threshold)

Every politician makes the same hypocritical claim, i remember when Dubya said this. "The administration I'll bring is a group of men and women who are focused on what's best for America, honest men and women, decent men and women, women who will see service to our country as a great privilege and who will not stain the house."

Then obviously it all went to crap, i mean the list is endless with all the GOP corruption but the star of the show has to be Tom Delay, the first congressional leader ever to be indicted on criminal charges. Good old Tom put one huge stain on the house, ethics went out the window and in came conspiracy and money laundering. This made Dubya look like any other politician. A hypocrite!

Palinisevil - "the firs... (Below threshold)

Palinisevil - "the first congressional leader ever to be indicted on criminal charges. Good old Tom put one huge stain on the house, ethics went out the window and in came conspiracy and money laundering."

So the Delay indictment was the catalyst that created mountains of "conspiracy and money laundering" in Congress?

Silly me, my memory must be faulty, I remember dozens of cases (in both Partys) of the same type behavior that predates Delay's problems.

Actually no it isn't faulty, but yours is due to extreme partisan reasons.

If you have such a great need to spin something you should try spinning away why his case has languished in the courts since Sept 2005?

Can you spell the case is, H O R S E S H I T?

Can you spell, J A C K A B ... (Below threshold)

Can you spell, J A C K A B R A M O F F?

Silly me, my memory must be faulty, i remember that two, yes TWO, of Delay's aides pleaded guilty and were convicted of conspiracy charges and illegally acting on Abramoff's behalf. Jack Abramoff made his plea bargain and it must have been pure coincidence that DeLay abandoned his efforts to return to his position as House Majority Leader just three days later.

Actually no it isn't faulty, but yours is due to extreme partisan reasons. But only one of us will ever admit to being partisan. :)

I didn't once say that corruption started with DeLay or will end with Delay, you made that straw man all by yourself. All i was pointing out was the hypocrisy on this extremely partisan far right blog of saying Pelosi was unethical all the while trying sweep DeLay under the rug.

When Pelosi's indicted on criminal charges, get back to me.
notiz=Take your broad brushing hypocrisy else where.






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