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UPDATE: Fed Prosecutors Looking Into Possibilty Lobbyist Gave Bogus Campaign Contributions To Rep. John Murtha

Rep. Murtha shakes hands with Pres. Bush
Rep. Murtha shakes hands with Pres. Bush

Rep. Murtha has long had the reputation as a wheeler-dealer on Capitol Hill, and he’s come under attack by some public interest groups. So it’s no surprise something like this would surface.

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
New York Times
WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors are looking into the possibility that a prominent lobbyist may have funneled bogus campaign contributions to his mentor, Representative John P. Murtha, as well as other lawmakers, two people familiar with the investigator’s questions said Tuesday.
Employees of the PMA Group, the firm founded by the lobbyist, Paul Magliocchetti, have given a total of more than $1 million to political campaigns over the last three election cycles, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
In the first half of 2007, the PMA Group and its clients contributed more than $500,000 to three congressmen, Mr. Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat who is chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, and his close allies on the panel, Representative James P. Moran of Virginia and Representative Peter J. Visclosky of Indiana.

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