Letters to the Editor

Pay for play

February 20, 2010


To the editor:

The Office of Congressional Ethics recommended recently that its investigation of Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s involvement with PMA Group, a now-defunct Washington lobbying firm that was raided by the FBI last year, be referred and extended to the full House Ethics Committee. This action from the OCE came despite its recommendation that investigations against other members of Congress be dismissed.

PMA Group represented several defense contractors in obtaining valuable earmarks in bills, allegedly in exchange for campaign donations to various political campaigns. If Congressman Tiahrt was in fact involved in this “pay for play” scheme, he should be ashamed of himself. Our country has enough economic troubles at the moment and should not have to contend with congressional earmarks inserted in legislation primarily for the purpose of lining campaign war chests. The state of Kansas and the United States of America deserve better.


Scott Drummond 8 years, 4 months ago

Party over country, its citizens or any reasonable view of ethics. What a sad person.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 4 months ago

Speaking of ethics... interesting things going on in the fever swamp of corruption that gave Dear Leader his intro to political life: "Mayor Richard Daley's ethics chief on Thursday sued Daley for suspending him earlier this month and said he was bracing for the possibility of a nasty fight with City Hall to clear his name. Daley suspended Anthony Boswell for 30 days without pay after the city inspector general accused Boswell of mishandling a student intern's sexual harassment complaint against a 911 center boss. Daley said at the time he was following the inspector general's recommendation by disciplining Boswell, executive director of the mayor's Office of Compliance since 2008. Boswell also sued Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, claiming Ferguson had "blatantly exceeded" his authority in investigating Boswell, whose office has been responsible for promoting ethical conduct in Daley's administration. He wants to be immediately reinstated to his job." http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-daley-sued-by-ethics-aide-2-20100218,0,5634904.story Yes, this is my Thready McThreadjack hat. Thank you for asking.

Linda and Bill Houghton 8 years, 4 months ago

Tom - Apparently it is ok to be corrupt as long as you are Republican. Do you know of any Democrat that is, in your opinion, not corrupt?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 4 months ago

".let's get the corrupt Dems cleaned up before we worry about l'il ol' Tiahrt."

Is that just your unflagging partisanship speaking, or your inability to walk and chew gum at the same time, Tom?

itwasthedukes 8 years, 4 months ago


This link says it all. Look at the ROI and download the excel sheet it is amazing the level of corruption (If the info is accurate) Take special note that 43% repub and 57% dem on the total campaign contributions pretty even really and the biggest players were close to 50/50 except for Goldman.

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