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CREW Releases 'You Don't Know Jack' - A Map to Rep. Murtha's Web of Special Interest


Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released You Don't Know Jack,
an interactive graphic illustrating the vast reach of Rep. Jack
Murtha's (D-PA) tentacles. Rep. Murtha has been anointed the "King of
Pork," a title he shrugs off, stating, "If I'm corrupt, it's because I
take care of my district." Indeed, Rep. Murtha takes
excellent care of his district; in 2008 he earmarked $192 million for
entities in his district and has requested $134 million in earmarks for
the benefit of his district in the first half of 2009. Rep. Murtha has
a long practice of trading lucrative earmarks for generous campaign
donations. CREW's new interactive graphic will allow visitors to
explore the crooked connections between the lawmaker and the numerous
special interests.

For decades, Rep. Murtha has rewarded his campaign donors with
earmarks. With the news of federal investigations into the PMA Group
and Kuchera Corporation -- companies with close ties to Rep. Murtha --
the scrutiny into his unethical practices has increased significantly.
CREW's interactive web graphic shows that when it comes to corruption,
Rep. Murtha is no rookie; he has entangled himself in a labyrinth of
shady dealings involving defense contractors, lobbyists, family
members, and friends - and lots and lots of money. As new information
about Rep. Murtha's suspect activities comes to light, CREW will add to
the graphic, creating a comprehensive picture of the lawmaker's
unseemly activities and network of cronies.

The graphic is just one part of story. Rep. Murtha is a three time all-star on CREW's Most Corrupt Members of Congress; visitors can read Rep. Murtha's Most Corrupt profile to learn more about his unethical activities and what federal laws and House rules he may have violated.

CREW executive director Melanie Sloan said, "The more Rep. Murtha's
dealings are exposed, the more we all learn about how Congress really
operates and the more disgusted the public becomes. CREW will continue
to shine the light on Rep. Murtha until the congressman changes his
ways or is indicted. I'd take a bet on which is the more likely

Click here to visit You Don't Know Jack.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials -- regardless of party affiliation -- who sacrifice the common good to special interests. CREW advances its mission using a combination of research, litigation and media outreach.