Clients of raided lobbyists rake in earmarks

Clients of a defense lobby shop under investigation are continuing to score earmarks from their patrons in Congress, despite the firm being on the verge of shutting its doors permanently.

Several clients of The PMA Group, which was raided by the FBI in November, are slated to receive earmarks worth at least $8 million in the omnibus spending bill funding the federal government through the rest of fiscal 2009, according to a list of projects put together by Rep. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ariz.) .

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“If clients of a lobbying firm currently under federal investigation are receiving earmarks in it, this bill has not received adequate scrutiny,” said Flake, who for years has crusaded against earmarks.

Many of these earmarks are requested for companies that are generally in the requesting lawmakers' district or vicinity. Most of them come from the Energy and Water appropriations subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.).

Visclosky has had a long-standing relationship with PMA--his former chief of staff was one of the top lobbyists at the firm. PMA and its employees were the single largest donors to Visclosky's campaigns.

For example, Visclosky has requested $951,500 for Indiana-based NuVant Systems, Inc. for a direct methanol fuel cell. Reps. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) are requesting close to $1.2 million for Pittsburgh-based PPG, Inc. for solar energy windows and IR switchable building technology. Meanwhile Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is requesting $951, 400 for Ohio-based AlphaMicron, Inc. for adaptive liquid crystal windows.

In the Commerce Justice and Science account, Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) obtained a $400,000 earmark for the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology for aerospace education.

Several members have vouched to return campaign donations from PMA after reports that the firm’s founder Paul Magliocchetti may have been part of an investigation involving illegal campaign donations. Visclosky said he would return $16,000 from two donors in Florida listed as PMA associates who have come under question for their contributions to lawmakers.

The earmarks received by PMA clients:
●        Rep. Pete Visclosky :  NuVant Systems, Inc. – Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) - $951,500
●      Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa. ) and Jason Altmire:    PPG, Inc. –  Solar Energy Windows and IR Switchable Building Technology - $1,189,375
●         Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio): Alpha Micron, Inc. – Adaptive Liquid Crystal Windows - $951,500
●         Rep. Bard Sherman (D-Calif.): Anti-idling Lithium Ion Battery Program – Quallion - $951,400
●       Rep. Stephen Luynch (D-Mass.) : Advanced Engineering Environment Sandia National Lab - Parametric Technology Corp. - $1,427,250
●      Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.):  Multi-Disciplined Integrated Collaborative Environment (MDICE) Kansas City Plant (KCP) - Parametric Technology Corp. – $951,500
●      Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif): Hydrogen Optical Fiber Sensors - Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc. - $951,500
●     Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.):    CATALYST: Explorations in Aerospace and Innovation Education - Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology - $400,000

 

This story was updated at 9:02 a.m.