Friday, February 20, 2009

CQ: GOP Gov. Candidate Zach Wamp Tied To Lobbyist Earmark Scandal

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="266" caption="I don't think it's fair to sully the name of Richards Simmons, who is not mentioned in CQ's report. But this is the best picture of Wamp I could find. (Credit: Contact Music)"]I dont think Richards Simmons is attached to this Wamp scandal, but its the best picture I could find.[/caption]

Congressman Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) has been accused along with a laundry list of federal lawmakers of taking $23,000 of illegal campaign controbutions from a well-connected Washington lobbying firm, according to the Congressional Quarterly.

The FBI is investigating.

Wamp, who had announced a 2010 bid for governor, secured a $2.8 million contract for a client of lobbying firm, The PMA Group. Financial reports show Wamp received $23,000 in campaign contributions from firms tied to PMA.

The report says more than 100 House members secured more than $300 million worth of congressional earmarks for PMA's clients since 2001. The same group has accepted a cumulative $1,815,138 in campaign contributions from PMA’s political action committee and employees of the firm.

From CQ:
More than 100 House members secured earmarks in a major spending bill for clients of a single lobbying firm — The PMA Group — known for its close ties to John P. Murtha , the congressman in charge of Pentagon appropriations.

“It shows you how good they were,” said Keith Ashdown, chief investigator at the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. “The sheer coordination of that would take an army to finish.”

PMA’s offices have been raided, and the firm closed its political action committee last week amid reports that the FBI is investigating possibly illegal campaign contributions to Murtha and other lawmakers.

From a lay person's perspective, you don't want your name on this list.

Funny: Wamp was recently heard complaining about "bad spending" in the stimulus bill.

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