Bucks County’s US Congressman Patrick Murphy has accepted $9,200 in campaign contributions from Kuchera Defense Systems, a defense contractor so embroiled in fraud allegations that it has been banned from doing business with the US Navy.
Although he’s only been in Congress since 2007, Murphy has accepted so much money from Kuchera that he is the third highest current member of Congress in terms of the amount received from the company’s employees in all their donations since 1992 according to OpenSecrets.org.
The number one recipient of campaign cash from Kuchera is the man Murphy has described as his “role model,” scandal magnet John Murtha.
All of Murphy’s tainted Kuchera cash came from executives of the company.
The government placed the company and its two owners, Ron and Bill Kuchera, on the General Services Administration’s Excluded Parties List System, a step that can be a virtual death sentence for a federal contractor in terms of continuing to do business with the government.
On March 6, 2008, both men gave $2,300 each to Murphy. Lisa Kuchera and Lena C. Kuchera also gave Murphy $2,300 each on the same day, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a government watchdog group that tracks campaign donations.
Murphy has so far been mum on the Kuchera money according to the Courier Times. I guess the puppetmaster with her hand up his back, lying Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, has been in China and unavailable to tell Li’l Pat how to respond.
Earlier this year, Murphy said he returned $28,750 to PMA Group, a defense lobbyist founded by a former Murtha aide that coincidentally secured $5.6 million in earmarks through Murphy and was later raided by the FBI.
Unsurprisingly, considering the serious allegations that arise each time anyone looks into Murphy’s campaign cash, Murphy has repeatedly voted against any sort of Congressional investigation.
Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake has repeatedly called for an ethics investigation into the relationship between earmark requests and campaign contributions.
According to CQPolitics, Democrats have rejected the resolution eight times, most recently on May 12. But 29 Democrats – including 22 first elected in 2006 and 2008 – voted for the measure.
Murphy has been steadfast in his opposition to an investigation, voting against it each time.
This is the same Patrick Murphy who rode into Washington holding on to Nancy Pelosi’s skirt as she promised to preside over “the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history.”
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