"Murtha is a poster child for what is wrong with Congress," said Leslie K. Paige, spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, a group targeting mismanagement in Washington. "There are shenanigans going on behind the scenes, and it leads to corruption."
The budget watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense says Mr. Murtha, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on defense, slipped at least $163.8 million in earmarks into 2008 spending bills.
He also funneled $1.5 million to Concurrent Technologies Corp. (CTC), a Johnstown-based research center, the top executives of which have given tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to Mr. Murtha, according to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).
Murtha spokesman Matthew Mazonkey said the firm is "recognized throughout the Defense Department and industry as having quality work and research, done at a competitive price, while delivering on-time results."
He declined to address the political contributions.
CTC spokeswoman Mary T. Bevan said the company does not make political contributions, but employees can. "We don't keep a tally of what our employees contribute," she said.
FEC records show that since 2002, Mr. Murtha's campaigns have gotten $11,500 from CTC President Daniel R. DeVos and his wife, Patricia; $8,500 from CTC executives Edgar Berkley and Jerry Hudson; and $3,750 from CTC General Manager and Treasurer Margaret A. DiVirgilio.Just in the last two years alone, this is how much Murtha has cost all Americans in pork project-
2006- $121 million
2007- $80 million in pork
Next year- Congressman Murtha's district will cost taxpayer $163.8 MILLION.
No wonder he keeps getting re-elected. He continues to pay for his re-election year after year with massive amounts of our taxpayer dollars, lining the pockets of his constituents.