The fate of Murtha money now known

Politico reports on the status of campaign funds in Rep. Murtha’s account.

Democrats, who failed in their efforts to get Joyce Murtha to run for her husband’s seat, had hoped to at least get their hands on a treasury of as much as $167,824 in leftover primary election funds. The money could have been transferred to help defray the $471,577 they’ve already spent in trying to elect former Murtha aide Mark Critz in a May 18 special election.

Instead, the bulk of the remaining cash is designated for the John P. Murtha Foundation, established to create a center for public service at the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnstown campus and continue the legendary lawmaker’s work in bolstering the educational opportunities and economic fortunes of his hardscrabble district.

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