Congress: Less Money, More Problems

By Justin Rood

Apr 17, 2009 11:01am

Lawmakers closely tied to a lobby firm under federal scrutiny saw their campaign incomes drop precipitously.

Reps. John Murtha (D-PA), Pete Visclosky (D-IN) and Jim Moran (D-VA) saw donations to their campaigns for the first quarter cut by more than half from the same period two years ago, the Washington Post reports this morning.

The three lawmakers have directed millions of dollars worth of earmarked spending to clients of the PMA Group, and have received millions in campaign donations from individuals identifying themselves as employees of the PMA Group lobby firm, or the firm’s clients.  The PMA Group is reportedly under investigation for possible campaign finance fraud.

Both Murtha’s and Visclosky’s names have reportedly been raised by investigators working the case; neither have been charged and both deny any wrongdoing.

The money situation in Congress isn’t bright for anyone, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. Overall, fundraising is down five percent for House members.

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