Am I the Only One

I find it really hard to believe that more people regardless of what party you side with are not mad at the speding in Washington.

WASHINGTON – The House decided Wednesday to spend $8.8 million on projects sought by 11 businesses and educational institutions represented by a lobbying firm the FBI raided three months ago.


The money was in a $410 billion spending bill that covers a dozen Cabinet departments.


House members use such projects, or earmarks, to direct money to a particular government contractor or business in their district.


In November, FBI searched the lobbying firm PMA Group and the residence of its founder, Paul Magliocchetti, who once worked for the House Appropriations' defense subcommittee. PMA is closing down, and plans to go out of business by the end of March.


Two people, including a lawyer familiar with the raids, said the Justice Department's fraud section is overseeing an investigation into whether PMA reimbursed some employees for campaign contributions to members of Congress who requested the projects. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because the Justice Department probe is ongoing.


Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., an opponent of earmarks, requested a House ethics probe of the matter Wednesday. House Democrats turned it down on a mostly party-line vote.


One lawmaker who sought a project for one of the 11 PMA clients was Democratic Rep. Pete Visclosky of Indiana, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water.


Visclosky received $23,000 in campaign donations from PMA employees around the time he wrote a letter last March seeking money for NuVant Systems Inc. of Crown Point, Ind., which develops and licenses advanced fuel cell components. It was awarded $951,500 in the bill that passed Wednesday.


Visclosky has said he will turn over to the Treasury at least $18,000 in contributions from donors tied to PMA.


Others who requested money for projects on behalf of companies represented by PMA were Democratic Reps. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania and Tim Ryan of Ohio.


Doyle helped obtain a $1.2 million earmark for PPG Inc. of Pittsburgh to explore solar cell technology. Ryan requested help for AlphaMicron Inc. of Kent, Ohio, for development of liquid crystal technology to reduce energy and utility consumption. The House bill contained $951,500 for Alpha Micron.


Around the time they requested the earmarks, Doyle and Ryan received $8,000 and $4,000 respectively in campaign contributions from PMA employees.


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Grits4life Grits4life
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10 Responses Feb 25, 2009

Keep up the good work.

There are millions of Americans that feel the same way. Cheated and defrauded and deceived etc, etc, etc

if things start to get really bad, the government will pass "gun control" laws that control BULLETS, not guns. If they put an expiration date on bullets by making it illegal to sell ammunition that will last longer than 2 years, they'll just pass the regs and wait for everybody's bullets to go bad. Then they'll do whatever they want. Unless of course, you know anybody in the military who will give you an army base...

It is not about party affiliation any longer. Politicians lust for power and power only. They are blind as to what this has done to the country.<br />
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There is a very real possibility of our currency collapsing...being worthless! What will you do to survive if this happens. If you do not have gold and guns, you will die. Think about the scenario.

calainn we are so far beyond the past 8 years. we have got to stop. the spending has been going on far longer than 8 years.<br />
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in just the past two weeks and with what will be passed in the next two weeks. this administration will have spent more than anytime in the history of the world.<br />
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It has got to stop. Our country does not have the money. You and I do not have the money. Other countries do not have the money. This is madness.

i'm ready to get in my car and drive to washington and demand these loony toons running our country get out and stay out.

I know plenty that are. In fact, I don't know that many that are not....

why are people not MAD?

"I regret that I have but one life to give for my country"

I think it's time for tea....