The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has called Murtha one of the most corrupt members of Congress, for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from companies and writing them millions of dollars in earmarks. Murtha has declined to comment on the designation.
Soon after the raid on PMA's offices, the firm's other senior members began talking to founder Magliochetti about an arrangement that would include him leaving the firm, according to the National Journal. Asked whether these discussions were related to the raid, Dorton declined to comment.
Murtha is no stranger to controversy. In the late 1970s, he was targeted in the "Abscam" scandal, a three-year FBI sting in which agents posed as representatives of an Arab sheik and offered suitcases of cash to lawmakers for favors. According to reports at the time, Murtha declined the undercover agents' cash offer, but suggested the "sheik" find a way to invest the money in his home district.