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Report: Contractor Linked to Murtha Being Investigated

Monday, 25 May 2009 01:46 PM

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The Department of Justice is investigating a contractor that has won millions in earmarks with the help of Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Rep. John Murtha, according to a story Monday in The Washington Post.

Specifically, federal investigators are trying to figure out how Pennsylvania’s Mountaintop Technologies got involved in distributing and monitoring local police grants.

The company has been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to distribute the money, as well as receiving at least $36 million worth of earmarks and military contracts over the past eight years, thanks to Murtha. There were no competitive bids on the contracts, according to both the Post and Fox News.

Mountaintop executives have reportedly donated tens of thousands of dollars to Murtha's campaigns and often distributed the police grant funding on behalf of Murtha before fall elections, and the firm even hired the lobbying company where Murtha's brother worked.

Founder David Fyock told the Post that his company won the contracts on merit. "We are pretty darn good at managing contracts," he said.

But the police grants drew attention because the firm was a defense company with little law enforcement experience, according to the Post.

Murtha is the subject of several probes looking at his ties to lobbyists and contractors, according to Fox News. The firm of one Virginia lobbyist close to Murtha was raided by the FBI several months ago.

And the Post reported in early May that a company owned by Murtha's nephew received $4 million from the Defense Department last year for engineering and warehouse services.

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