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THE JOHN P. MURTHA JOHNSTOWN-CAMBRIA AIRPORT

Posted by politicalpartypooper on April 23, 2009

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John Murtha’s namesake airport is just another one of those “projects” that has the look and feel of corruption, but our elected officials want us to ignore what it looks like, and listen to them explain what it really is.

The Washington Post ran this piece just the other day, and I imagine Mr. Murtha is not pleased about it.  Some of what was said about Murtha’s involvement includes this:

The key to the airport’s gleaming facilities — and, indeed, its continued existence — is $200 million in federal funds in the past decade and the powerful patron who steered most of that money here. Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) is credited with securing at least $150 million for the airport. It was among the first in the country to win funding from this year’s stimulus package: $800,000 to repave a backup runway.

Murtha spokesman Matt Mazonkey defended the earmarks and said it is unfair to weigh the airport’s low volume of passengers against the federal dollars invested in the facility.

“Would we like to have additional commercial flights and business? Absolutely. But you don’t attract additional business without having the infrastructure in place to do so,” Mazonkey said.

But there’s more.   In 2007, Airport authority hired MTT Aviation Services.

“The company is a subsidiary of Mountaintop Technologies, a defense contractor that had received at least $23 million in earmarks from Murtha since 2001 and is run by his close friend. The subsidiary was formed to handle fuel sales and other services at the airport shortly before its role was expanded to airport manager.

MTT hired a lobbying firm that had one of Murtha’s former staffers as a lead lobbyist and had once employed Murtha’s brother.” Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post Staff Writer/Sunday, April 19, 2009

Judge for yourselves.  It looks like corruption to me.  What are these elected officials thinking?  Do they care that Americans are pissed off about stuff like this?  The way they respond, we have to assume the answer is no.

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One Response to “THE JOHN P. MURTHA JOHNSTOWN-CAMBRIA AIRPORT”

  1. […] Representatives Norm Dicks (D), Mary Kaptur (D), James Moran (D), Todd Tiahrt (R), Peter Visclosky (D),  C.W. Bill Young (R), and the late John Murtha (D), were exonerated of any wrong doing, despite having steered no-bid contracts to contributors.  John Murtha has appeared on my blog before for curious special earmarks and wasteful spending at his airport. […]

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