Sunday, January 25, 2009

John Murtha Campaign Donor Raided by Feds

One of Congressman John "Pork Master" Murtha's biggest financial contributors was raided by federal agents last week. Murtha is a Democrat from Pennsylvania. The Wall Street Journal reported: Federal agents raided two small Pennsylvania defense contractors that were given millions of dollars in federal funding by Rep. John Murtha, chairman of the defense appropriations committee and one of the most powerful men in Congress. Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense Systems shut down for the day after the raid by officers from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Internal Revenue Service criminal unit. Culture of corruption? Remember that phrase? Meanwhile, the WSJ continues, a senior Democratic lawmaker is pushing back on the Obama administration's choice for the No. 2 Pentagon official because of potential conflicts of interest and recent lobbying work for defense contractor Raytheon Co. The new resistance comes a day after President Barack Obama unveiled tough lobbying rules to curtail such conflicts. Culture of corruption. Mmmm-hmmm. Have you noticed that Congressthing Nancy Pelosi has not uttered her once-favorite phrase "culture of corruption" much lately? She hasn't, because it would only serve to remind us that the Democrats embody that culture: Dems wrestle with ethics problems, reports Politico yesterday: Even as President Obama has instituted tough new ethics guidelines for administration officials, House Democrats continue to wrestle with the ethics problems of two of their most senior members—Reps. John Murtha (Pa.) and Charles B. Rangel (N.Y.). Pelosi hasn't uttered "culture of corruption" much recently because of all the problems within her party and, indeed, within her own private culture of corruption. Even a hypocrite like Nancy Pelosi is astute enough to know that she shouldn't appear hypocritical. It is, of course, too late for Pelosi and her fellow Corruptocrats to put that inconvenient truth back in the bottle. RELATED: Holding Elected Officials Accountable US Raids Contractors Aided by Murtha The House of Pelosi by John J. Pitney Jr. on National Review Online Culture of Corruption Snares Another Democrat While Pelosi Snoozes! Top Obama aides subject of Blagojevich subpoenas Subscribe to Chicago News Bench