The Sunlight Foundation’s Paul Blumenthal put some graphics together to chart the earmarks that Rep. Visclosky ‘won’ for his Indiana district and the campaign contributions that flowed to him as a result of those earmarks. He’s also put together a great post on Visclosky’s hijinks.

In the past two weeks, Visclosky’s offices and campaign committess have been subpoenaed and he has reliquished control of the Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee to Rep. Ed Pastor.

This is just the tip of the Democrats’ ethical iceberg. The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Kuchera Industries, a firm that won many earmarks thanks to John Murtha, “received an infusion of cash during its start-up years from a narcotics trafficker…”

According to this Washington Post article, Jim Moran is mixed up in this ethics quagmire, too:

Visclosky has been among the largest recipients of donations from PMA lobbyists and their clients, along with Reps. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.). All three men have authored earmarks that benefited PMA clients.

The firm was founded by a former House committee staffer close to Murtha and later hired senior aides to both Visclosky and Moran. Murtha, in particular, has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his ties to PMA and to several different defense contractors.

It’s time for the courts to sort things out and determine whether it’s an official pay-to-play scheme. Whether the investigations prove their case or not, one thing’s perfectly clear: Mssrs. Murtha, Moran and Visclosky need to be expelled from the House for acting in such a way that their constituents and their colleagues can trust them.

It’s time for this trio to go.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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