For the second time in recent days, the FBI has raided a firm connected with Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman John Murtha. ABC reports
The FBI raided the offices of a defense lobbying firm with close ties to Democratic Rep. John Murtha (Penn.), sources tell ABC News.
The FBI searched the Virginia headquarters of the PMA Group in November, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. PMA was founded by former Murtha aide Paul Magliochetti and specializes in winning earmarked taxpayer funds for its clients.
Good government groups have long criticized Murtha's cozy relationship with a handful of lobbyists and defense firms, ties that see millions of dollars in government spending go out from Murtha's office, and hundreds of thousands in campaign donations come in. Murtha has said his earmarking has helped revive his economically depressed district.
PMA is the second company with close ties Murtha to be raided by federal agents recently.
Last month, the office of Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense Systems and the homes of the founders of those firms were raided by the FBI ,the IRS and the Defense Criminal Investigative Services.The Kuchera firms "reportedly have received over $100 million in earmarks, thanks to Murtha's efforts. "