FBI Raided Virginia Defense Lobbying Firm With Close Ties to Rep. John Murtha

Rep. John Murtha/gov. photo
Rep. John Murtha/gov. photo

The real question is: Are the feds focusing in on Rep. John Murtha, the influential pol from Pennsylvania?

By Emma Schwartz and Justin Rood
ABC News

The FBI raided the offices of a defense lobbying firm with close ties to Democratic Rep. John Murtha (Penn.), sources tell ABC News.
PMA Group
The FBI searched the Virginia headquarters of the PMA Group in November, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. PMA was founded by former Murtha aide Paul Magliochetti and specializes in winning earmarked taxpayer funds for its clients.
Good government groups have long criticized Murtha’s cozy relationship with a handful of lobbyists and defense firms, ties that see millions of dollars in government spending go out from Murtha’s office, and hundreds of thousands in campaign donations come in. Murtha has said his earmarking has helped revive his economically depressed district.

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