Thursday, July 19, 2007

Update on Congressman Murtha's Mystery Earmark

An update on Congressman Murtha's $1 million mystery earmark from The Hill:
Department of Energy disputes Rep. Murtha’s claims on earmark request
By Susan Crabtree

July 19, 2007

The Department of Energy is denying Rep. John Murtha’s (D-Pa.) claim that it supports his $1 million earmark request for a project in his district aimed at protecting the nation’s natural-gas pipelines.

Murtha attempted yesterday to quell criticism of a so-called mystery $1 million earmark to establish the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Concurrent Technology Corporation (CTC), a nonprofit technology innovation center in Johnstown, Pa., that has received millions of dollars in earmarks in recent years.

DoE spokeswoman Anne Kolton said yesterday the earmark is not a program that meets the department’s “mission critical” threshold, noting it was “inconsistent” with the department’s 2008 budget...
And it appears that Congressman Murtha has a protege in Congressman Doyle from Pennsylvania as well.


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