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Allies rush cash to debilitated Murtha

12 November, 2008


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

After calling some residents in his western Pennsylvania district “racist” and “rednecks,” Democratic Rep. John P. Murtha seemed in jeopardy of losing his job last month – until his political friends in Congress and the defense industry came to the rescue.

Soon after Mr. Murtha’s poll numbers began slipping, money started pouring into his campaign coffers from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, now the incoming White House chief of staff, and dozens of other prominent Democrats. Mr. Murtha raised more than $1 million in the two weeks leading up to his successful Nov. 4 re-election, a surprising figure even for a longtime House veteran, according to campaign finance analysts.

The last-minute cash infusion, which also included money from defense contractors and lobbyists, helped the House Appropriations defense subcommittee chairman win about 58 percent of the vote to fend off his Republican challenger, retired Army Lt. Col. William Russell.


Watchdog groups attribute Mr. Murtha’s ability to raise lots of cash so quickly to his powerful post in Congress overseeing defense spending.

“Not only do a lot of these donors owe Representative Murtha a lot, if he stays in office then he can keep their gravy train running,” said Steve Ellis, vice president of the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense.


Look at who helped bail out John Murtha after his nearly fatal run for to represent those “racist, rednecks” from PA.  Turns out money can buy you everything, especially when you have so much control over defense spending, meaning taxpayer’s money.   Of course, he will have to use his position to “pay back” the defense contractors, lobbyists, and fellow Democrats; but I bet it beats living with those disgraceful people in rural PA.




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