We’re not the only ones to notice Moran’s corruption

RetireJimMoran.com has been exposing Jim Moran’s embarrassing record of corruption for awhile now. But we’re not the only ones.

In a November 2000 article, Reason Magazine wrote about how, in June 1999, five days before signing on to co-sponsor a bill extend Schering-Plough Corporation’s patent on Claritin medicine, Moran took a $25,000 loan from Terry Lierman, a lobbyist for Schering-Plough. The loan was at an 8% interest rate and set no repayment timetable, but was callable at any time, “effectively making Moran a puppet on Lierman’s string.” House ethics rules permit personal loans for members of Congress as long as they are “on commercially reasonable terms, including requirements for repayment and a reasonable rate of interest.” It’s doubtful if Moran’s loan met those terms — a senior economist at the American Bankers Association told the Washington Post in October 1999 that “he’d be unlikely to get those terms at a bank.” Schering-Plough made $7.3 billion off the patent extension. Read more here.

Judicial Watch, a non-partisan watchdog, named Moran to its 2009 list of “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians”.

In June 2010, the non-partisan group Taxpayers for Common Sense noted that Moran had received $71,200 in campaign contributions from beneficiaries of earmarks he sponsored from 2008-2010.

In November 2008, the non-partisan Citizens Against Government Waste named Moran “Porker of the Month” and noted in its 2010 edition of “The Congressional Pig Book” that Moran had made 32 earmarks for a total of $51,880,000 in “pork-barrel” spending for fiscal year 2011. It also noted that five employees of one company benefiting from one of Moran’s earmarks had donated to him in the fourth quarter of 2009. And in its February 2008 edition of “Wastewatcher”, it said:

On January 29, Roll Call reported Rep. Moran saying, “We should be earmarking more, for roads and bridges and even soup kitchens.  People are hurting.”  The real problem is that members of Congress have been engaged in a frenzy of earmarking projects like “Bridges to Nowhere” and “Roads to Nowhere” without regard to merit or whether the funding ever achieves any measurable outcomes.  Rep. Moran himself is responsible for 67 earmarks in the fiscal 2008 budget, worth $97 million.

As much as members of Congress like to think their pork spending is only a drop in the bucket, study after study has shown that earmarking has real consequences and is detrimental to both agency priorities and taxpayers.

A March 2009 New York Times analysis showed Moran’s influence over the defense industry.

In the first quarter of 2010 alone, Moran got $38,500 in campaign contributions from recipients of $26 million in his earmarks.

In May 2010, the non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics, made up of non-members of Congress, asked the Department of Justice to investigate those involved in the PMA Group scandal, a group that includes Moran. (Read more here.)

In June 2010 Moran got the dubious honor of receiving $70,000 from earmark recipients, the most of any member of the House.

More to come later…

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