Criminal Probe of $8 Million Earmark

The Post reports that authorities are investigating an $8 million earmark that Rep. Murtha allegedly arranged.

Over the years, Murtha arranged tens of millions of dollars in earmarks for two Pennsylvania firms central to the investigation, Coherent Systems International and Kuchera Defense Systems.

“It really puts a fine point on the murky, unaccountable web that exists around earmarks,” said Steve Ellis, of the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. “These earmarks, because there is very little accountability, provide a petri dish for corruption.”

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