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September 18, 2009

Perlmutter Watch 9-16-09: Dirty Money Watch

In an article in the Washington Examiner, Kevin Mooney documents “dirty money” that Rep. Ed Perlmutter accepted from various unions and the PMA Group and explains why the money is dirty.

Why is the money from the Communications Workers of America, Boilermakers Union, American Federation of Government Employees, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) dirty?

Multiple officers and members of these unions, including division presidents, secretary-treasurers and business managers, have been convicted since 2001 of felonies including embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy. The Communications Workers of America and the American Federation of Government Employees have had eight convictions, the Service Employees International Union has had nine convictions and the Boilermakers have had 10 members convicted, while the IBEW has had 14 members convicted. The amounts of embezzled funds range from more than $5,000 to more than $100,000.

Why is the money from the PMA group dirty?

PMA Group (Paul Magliocchetti and Associates) was a defense lobbying group that is now the focus of multiple federal investigations concerning allegations of influence peddling and other corrupt activities, mostly associated with earmarks. Before it was disbanded earlier this year, PMA Group’s employees and its political action committee gave current members of Congress $3.4 million between 1989 and 2008, with 79 percent of that going to Democrats, according to OpenSecrets.org.

In July, I posted about the contributions Perlmutter has received from unions for his 2010 campaign.

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