Rep. Peter Visclosky, representing northwest Indiana, has fulfilled the promise he made after the FBI raided the offices of the lobbying firm PMA with which he had extensive connections. From the Post-Tribune, Visclosky swears off lobby firm’s clients
It’s too early to tell where federal investigators will take their probe of U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky and his top campaign donor, The PMA Group, but the congressman has already cut off at least 20 private, for-profit companies from his political clout.
Those companies, whose employees and political action committees donated at least $684,000 to Visclosky’s campaigns, landed about $45.3 million in congressional earmarks secured by the congressman in fiscal years 2008 and 2009, records show.
Earmark reform proponents are happy:
Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, said the Merrillville Democrat is moving in the right direction by cutting off private companies from his earmarks wish-list.
“Congressman Visclosky appears to be recognizing the gravity of the situation,” Ellis said.
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The Federal Election Commission has said the Representative can use campaign funds for legal expenses connected with the investigation.
His fund raising totals are way down since PMA went out of business.