More than 100 House members secured earmarks in a major spending bill for clients of a single lobbying firm — The PMA Group — known for its close ties to John P. Murtha , the congressman in charge of Pentagon appropriations.
…Those House members, plus a handful of senators, combined to route nearly $300 million in public money to clients of PMA through that one law (PL 110-116).
Capuano and Meehan were among those House members: Capuano secured (with help from other members) a total of $2.8mill, and received campaign donations of over $54k. Meehan helped secure another $2.8 mill.
Of course, there's nothing necessarily illegal or even unusual about this, but the PMA Group is under federal investigation now. Earmarking is the way of the Congress. The amount of money for one lobby shop suggests that there may have been some pay-to-play conducted by Murtha, a very powerful chairman.
So I expect we should see statements from both of our guys soon.