Pelosi AWOL as Mollohan Still Controls Budget of Those Investigating Him

MollahanRep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) has been under investigation for more than three years after NLPC exposed his cozy relationships with the recipients of earmarks that he sponsored. Yet, as chairman of an Appropriations subcommittee, he has jurisdiction over the budget of the Justice Department, which includes the FBI, the very entity that is investigating him.

Mollohan claims he recused himself in a January 2007 letter to the full Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) but he refuses to release the letter. Republicans say they have never seen it.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is AWOL on the issue, having said nothing since she forced Mollohan out as ranking member of the Ethics Committee in 2006. At the time, she blamed NLPC for Mollohan’s problems.

The controversy flared on June 17 during a debate on the $64 billion Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) accused Mollohan of a continued … Read More ➡

Murtha Ally Indicted in Kickback Scheme

Murtha photoPaula Reed Ward and Dennis B. Roddy reported today in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Federal prosecutors filed corruption charges yesterday against a onetime defense contractor who has ties to both John Murtha and a suburban Johnstown defense contractor currently under criminal investigation.

Richard S. Ianieri, former president and CEO of Coherent Systems International Corp., was accused of accepting $200,000 in kickbacks. He is charged through a criminal information and is expected to plead guilty.

The indictment of Ianieri represents the first charges leveled as a result of investigations into firms receiving defense earmarks – many of which benefited former aides and associates of Rep. John Murtha (D-PA).

Ianieri’s ties to Murtha go back to his role as the former president and CEO of Coherent Systems International Corporation. When Coherent decided to get involved in defense contracts in 2006, it hired KSA Consulting, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that once employed Murtha’s … Read More ➡

No Surprise Here: Wal-Mart Endorses Obama’s Health Care Mandate

Wal-Mart protestIn a June 30 letter to the White House, Wal-Mart endorsed Obama’s health care plan. The letter was jointly signed by Andrew Stern, boss of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and John Podesta, who led the Obama transition team and is chief executive of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress.

Although the move was unexpected to some, it was no surprise to NLPC. In a Special Report published in 2006 and updated in 2008, I chronicled the company’s move to the Left in a futile campaign to placate liberal critics like Wal-Mart Watch, funded by SEIU. On major issues except for “card check,” Wal-Mart has become a powerful tool of liberal activist groups.

Obama’s plan includes an employer mandate to vastly increase government control over health care ostensibly to provide coverage to 46 million uninsured Americans. Wal-Mart’s support represents a betrayal of the large segment of … Read More ➡

PMA Client Sues Because it Didn’t Get Earmark; More Evidence of Pay-to-Play?

Alexander Comisar reported in Roll Call on June 23:

The PMA Group, the lobbying titan that closed its doors in March after an FBI raid, has filed more than a dozen lawsuits against former clients for failure to pay outstanding debts. Now, one company has responded with a $3 million countersuit that alleges PMA cheated it out of an earmark it was expecting to receive. PMA’s lawyer called the complaint absurd and said the firm has filed a formal response with the court.

The lawsuit filed by the Michigan-based Badenoch company provides yet further evidence of what many suspect is a pay-to-play scheme in which influential members of Congress target earmarks to companies in their districts and, in turn, receive cash donations for their re-election campaigns.

PMA Group founder Paul Magliocchetti is reportedly under investigation for possibly funneling donations to congressional campaigns using straw donors. Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) in … Read More ➡

Senate Apology for Slavery Fuels Demand for Reparations

Thompson PhotoLast week, the Senate passed a resolution apologizing for slavery. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported:

The resolution, sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, passed on a voice vote. It now moves to the House, where it may meet an unlikely foe: members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Several Caucus members expressed concerns about a disclaimer that states that “nothing in this resolution authorizes or supports any claim against the United States; or serves as a settlement of any claim against the United States.” Those caucus members say the disclaimer is an attempt to stave off reparations claims from the descendants of slaves. “Putting in a disclaimer takes away from the meaning of an apology,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. (pictured)

In 2004, NLPC published a report critical of the demand for slave reparations. The report, “The Case Against Slave Reparations,” which was updated in 2008, argues that paying slave reparations … Read More ➡

Witness Intimidation on Cap-and-Trade

Markey PhotoCongressional advocates of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill employed bribery to build support for this legislation when they co-opted several corporations by giving them free carbon dioxide emission credits. However, many businesses are still balking at lending support to a bill that will impose a crushing energy tax on the American people and cost the economy trillions of dollars. Since bribery didn’t work with these recalcitrant companies, Waxman-Markey supporters are trying intimidation.

On June 9, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to hear testimony on the Waxman-Markey bill, called the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would increase the cost of emitting carbon dioxide through an onerous cap on emissions. One of the witnesses was David Sokol, CEO of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company. Sokol criticized the Waxman-Markey bill because it would result in higher electricity rates for his customers. … Read More ➡

House Subcommittee Begins Unraveling Restrictions on Legal Services Activism

Mollohan photoA key congressional appropriations committee recently took the first step in removing restrictions on the ability of legal aid programs funded by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to use taxpayer dollars to engage in politically-motivated litigation. On June 4, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, chaired by Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), voted to lift the restriction on the ability of LSC-funded programs to collect attorneys’ fees.

This restriction was part of a series of provisions Congress enacted 13 years ago in an attempt to end the practice of legal services lawyers using taxpayer money to file lawsuits advancing liberal political causes. In addition to the prohibition on collecting attorneys’ fees, the restrictions included bans on filing class action lawsuits, challenges to welfare reform, representation of undocumented aliens, and abortion advocacy.The prohibition on collecting attorneys’ fees, a routine practice for private sector lawyers, is necessary … Read More ➡

Will Tax Label Sink Cap-and-Trade?

Waxman PhotoThe Waxman-Markey bill, currently under consideration by several House committees, would impose a huge energy tax on the American people in the name of combating the scientifically unproven global warming threat. The Heritage Foundation estimates the average household will have to pay an extra $1,500 per year for gas and electricity while the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) puts that number at about $1,600.

That is why congressional Democrats and liberal advocates are trying to avoid this unpleasant fact by simply not admitting that the Waxman-Markey bill is a tax increase. They understand that if the public perceives this legislation for what it is – an energy tax – then it will fail.


The Waxman-Markey bill, formally called the American Clean Energy and Security Act and sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), would put a cost on carbon dioxide by imposing a cap on greenhouse … Read More ➡

Corporate America Sells Out Public By Jumping On Cap-and-Trade Bandwagon

WaxmanCommunist Godfather Vladimir Lenin is alleged to have famously said, “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”

No where is that observation more relevant than in the sorry spectacle taking place in Congress as corporations, in exchange for short-term government handouts, fall over themselves to endorse a carbon dioxide regulation bill that will impose a crushing energy tax on the American people. 

Sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman, (D-CA), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), the “cap-and-trade” legislation, called the American Clean Energy and Security Act, would put a cost on carbon dioxide by imposing a cap on greenhouse gas emissions. On May 22, the committee approved the legislation which will be referred to the House Ways and Means Committee and other committees for consideration. The bill would establish a market in which regulated industries, such … Read More ➡

Congressional Efforts to End Restrictions on Legal Services Activism Will Foster Drug Crime in Public Housing

projects photoCongressional Democrats have made clear that they intend to remove restrictions on the ability of legal services lawyers, funded by the Legal Services Corporation, to engage in controversial political advocacy. On March 26, Senator Tom Harkin introduced a bill that ends such restrictions. Likewise, at an April 1 hearing of a House appropriations subcommittee, several Democratic congressmen called for lifting restrictions on ideologically-motivated lawsuits.

One of the results of abolishing these reforms, enacted by congress in 1996, will be more drug crime in public housing. Currently, legal services lawyers are prohibited from representing individuals being evicted from public housing for drug use. For years, legal services lawyers perversely contributed to rampant crime in troubled public housing projects by systematically thwarting efforts by authorities to kick out tenants who engaged in illegal drug activity.

Removing the restriction on drug-related eviction cases will most certainly unleash an avalanche of litigation. Even … Read More ➡

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