That’s the question asked by Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ). He’s raised a motion several times asking for an investigation into the correlation between campaign donations and earmarks, notably those concerning defense lobbyist organization PMA (raided by the FBI earlier this year).
Not surprisingly, his motions are inevitably tabled, silenced by the Democrats; though more and more “Blue Dogs” are going on record as agreeing that this is a matter worth consideration of the House Ethics Committee.
But House Speaker Pelosi seems to be keeping Representative John Murtha – poster child of PMA lobbying efforts – under her skirt…heh. While it’s not her place to force an investigation, what with the incestuous relationships that now make up the administration, as an alleged “senior” member she can certainly make it known that investigating ties between lobbyists and earmarks is overdue and encourage Democrats to at least offer their own version of the Republican requests.
But then she’d have to lift her skirt and you can bet that Murtha’s “problems” won’t be the only thing found hiding there.