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    Source: CREW

    CREW BLASTS PELOSI ENDORSEMENT OF UNETHICAL MURTHA FOR MAJORITY LEADER

    DEMOCRATS WIN ON ETHICS BUT CHOOSE TO RUN CORRUPT MEMBER FOR LEADERSHIP POST

    Washington, DC – Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) questioned soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) commitment to eradicating corruption with her endorsement of one of the most unethical members in Congress, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), to be Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.

    Rep. Murtha was listed in CREW’s report Beyond DeLay: The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and five to watch). As reported in the study and by the news media, Rep. Murtha has been involved in a number of pay-to play schemes involving former staffers and his brother, Robert “Kit” Murtha. Eight incumbents in CREW’s report lost their races to ethics issues.

    “Future House Speaker Pelosi’s endorsement of Rep. Murtha, one of the most unethical members of Congress, shows that she may have prioritized ethics reform merely to win votes with no real commitment to changing the culture of corruption,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today. “How can Americans believe that the Democrats will return integrity to the House when future Speaker Pelosi has endorsed an ethically-challenged member for a leadership position? Rep. Murtha is the wrong choice for this job.”

    Not only is Rep. Murtha beset by ethics issues, The New York Times reported on October 2, 2006 that he has consistently opposed ethics and earmark reform. Sloan continued, “Rep. Murtha’s opposition to ethics reform does not bode well for future Speaker Pelosi’s promise to enact ethics legislation in the first 100 hours of the new Congress.”
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    A little more on Murtha and his issues.

    Source: TPMmuckraker

    John Murtha: Meet the New Boss. . .
    By Justin Rood - September 21, 2006, 11:32 AM
    Washington has witnessed a storm of "pay-to-play" corruption scandals in Congress over the last year, both admitted and alleged. And on the campaign trail congressional Democrats are charging the GOP with creating a "culture of corruption" on their watch. Yet if they win, they are poised to hand a much-abused spending post to a Democrat with a long reputation for porkbarrel politics and "back room" deals.

    If the Dems take control of the House in November, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), now lauded by Democratic activists for his tough stand on Iraq, is poised to retake the helm of an appropriations panel charged with spending hundreds of billions of dollars on defense-related projects, which he last chaired in the early 1990s. He may even ascend to be Majority Leader in a Democratically controlled House.

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    "They're very similar," Melanie Sloan told me. Sloan, head of the D.C.-based watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, is a former federal prosecutor. "They're both using their positions to financially benefit those close to them." Her self-described "progressive" group is investigating Murtha's activities, and recently placed him on a short list of "members to watch" for possible corruption.

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    Lewis has been criticized for failing to scrutinize disgraced former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunnningham (R-CA) while he was doling out millions in earmarks to his bribers from his seat on the Defense Approps subcommittee. But the criticism applies to Murtha too. Then the top Democrat on the panel, Murtha quietly minded his own pork, instead of waving a red flag or asking a few impolite questions, which could have saved millions of dollars. Murtha "had the responsibility to at least have been more vigilant," CREW's Sloan said.

    Unlike Lewis, Murtha does not appear to be under FBI scrutiny. (No evidence of criminality has surfaced for either man.) Yet similar questions about Murtha's and Lewis's basic methods of conducting business have arisen.

    A dozen years ago, when congressional Democrats found themselves in a position akin to that now faced by Republicans, Murtha's appetite for pork and back-room dealings kept him from taking over the chairmanship of the full Appropriations Committee. "[Murtha's] well-known ability to channel federal dollars to his. . . district has made him a hero at home but. . . is one factor keeping him out of the quiet race" for the appropriations chair, Roll Call reported in 1994.
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    They're all crooked, regardless of party. (IMHO)
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    the more things change the more they remain the same.
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    What do you expect? They have to raise gobs of money to get elected. And the electorate is swayed by inane political ads hammered into them.

    The problem won't go away until the entire campaign system is publicly financed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aprasad View Post
    What do you expect? They have to raise gobs of money to get elected. And the electorate is swayed by inane political ads hammered into them.

    The problem won't go away until the entire campaign system is publicly financed.
    and ads (tv and radio) are abolished to be hopepfully replaced by televised as well as open to the public debates. Hey it works in the UK! (sorta)
    ONE can be spelled as NEO.
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    That will NEVER happen.

    The people needed to make the change (congress, whitehouse) and those with $$, have a stake in the current system. Why would they relinquish the control and influence they have?

    People could, but we are talking about the same folks who like pork in their districts and believe the sound bites on TV.

    There are constitutional issues as well.

    A baby step would be to stop gerrymandering by the congress who got there because of it. When do you think that'll happen? NEVER.
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    Come on Aprasad, have a little faith. I have little doubt that our elected politicians have my personal best interest at heart. I trust they will make the responsible and honest choices that will benefit the American people as a whole instead of pandering to their own self interests and greed.
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    Funny how this only came out a week after the election is over. I like one of the comments following the article "Well, when Harry Reid says Abrahamoff is lying, we're supposed to believe him. But of course if a Republican says it THEY are lying." I am sure there are examples of that statement the other way around as well.

    Abramoff....Officials Focus on Reid, Others

    November 15, 2006 1:23 PM


    a source close to the investigation surrounding his activities told ABC News that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was one of the members of Congress Abramoff had allegedly implicated in his cooperation with federal prosecutors........"We have no idea what Abramoff is telling prosecutors to save his skin, but I do know that these kind of old allegations are completely ridiculous and untrue," Sen. Reid's spokesman Jim Manley told ABC News.

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    A source close to the investigation says Abramoff told prosecutors that more than $30,000 in campaign contributions to Reid from Abramoff's clients "were no accident and were in fact requested by Reid."

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    The AP also reported that Abramoff's billing records showed extensive contact with Reid's office over a three-year period in which Reid collected more than $68,000 from Abramoff's firm, partners and clients.

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    Sources close to the federal investigation say Abramoff has offered testimony about his contacts with "six to eight seriously corrupt Democratic senators" and an ever larger number of Republican members of Congress.

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    Sen. Reid has been an outspoken critic of the connections between Abramoff and Republican legislators.

    In a speech earlier this year, Sen. Reid described it as "a program where the lobbyists paid and the Republican members of Congress played."

    The Justice Department said it would have no comment on the ongoing Abramoff investigation.

    SOURCE: http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/..._report_1.html
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    Here is the latest update:

    Pelosi faces no-win outcome over Murtha

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061116/...ess_leaders_29
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    And we can all just sit back and continue to enjoy it! Just change the name and the game continues. Ben
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    Quote Originally Posted by HobbesIsReal View Post
    Here is the latest update:

    Pelosi faces no-win outcome over Murtha

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061116/...ess_leaders_29
    Steny Hoyer won out over Murtha, in spite of Pelosi pressing for Murtha votes with all the freshman Congressmen during their committee appointment interviews. I guess this all part of Pelosi's plan to bring about her promise to have "the most ethical and uncorrupted congress in history" (paraphrased).

    Hoyer Wins House Majority Leader Race, Giving Pelosi First Setback
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,229819,00.html
    Last edited by HobbesIsReal; 11/17/2006 at 12:30 AM.

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