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For instance, Wallace’s firm Triad Strategies secured $200,000 in funding for Impact Services, a nonprofit that provides housing for veterans. According to the April 25 USA Today article, Specter’s office acknowledged that Wallace successfully had lobbied them for the funding prior to the change in Specter’s internal rules.

Additionally, Triad for the past year has used former Specter aide Anthony Cunningham’s firm, CHARMWORKS, as a subcontractor. According to Senate lobbying records, Triad has paid CHARMWORKS $40,000 since Sept. 20, 2005 for work on a number of appropriations matters, including veterans, health, labor and education, and economic development bills.

Herson, meanwhile, has found success gaining access to federal earmarks for clients, which in turn have paid steadily increasing fees for his services. Herson’s shop, ADI, consistently has ranked in the top 35 most profitable lobbying companies in D.C., according to PoliticalMoneyLine.com, taking in almost $15 million over 2004 and 2005.

Drexel University, which has paid ADI more than $1 million since 2001, has secured numerous earmarks, including a $6.5 million earmark last year for its Applied Communications and Information Networking Program.

The defense contractor Gestalt, meanwhile, has paid Herson’s firm $600,000 since 2002. Then, last November, Specter announced a $5 million earmark for the company’s Distributed Mission Interoperability Toolkit program.

Former aides to Specter also have been popular with companies and organizations that eventually have received earmarks from Specter. For instance, American Continental Group, where Specter’s former Chief of Staff David Urban lobbies, has taken in $420,000 in lobbying fees from the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative since 2002. During that same period, the initiative has secured millions in federal earmarks, including $3 million since 2003 for a series of research and educational programs.

Similarly, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh,which paid the ACG $100,000 from 2002 to 2004, received a $200,000 earmark in 2004 to “expand after-school outreach programs to at-risk children.”

Likewise, Cunningham’s CHARMWORKS has received $40,000 from Franklin Fuel Cells to lobby for “alternative energy” projects involving the Army, Navy, Air Force and Department of Energy. The company, based in Chester County near Philadelphia, received a $1 million earmark from Specter last year for copper-ceramic solid oxide fuel cell technology research.

According to a press release from Specter’s office, “this program will design, fabricate, and demonstrate a 2kW copper-ceramic solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) auxiliary power unit prototype to be delivered to the Navy no later than July 2007.”d a $200,000 earmark in 2004 to “expand after-school outreach programs to at-risk children.”

Likewise, Cunningham’s CHARMWORKS has received $40,000 from Franklin Fuel Cells to lobby for “alternative energy” projects involving the Army, Navy, Air Force and Department of Energy. The company, based in Chester County near Philadelphia, received a $1 million earmark from Specter last year for copper-ceramic solid oxide fuel cell technology research.

According to a press release from Specter’s office, “this program will design, fabricate, and demonstrate a 2kW copper-ceramic solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) auxiliary power unit prototype to be delivered to the Navy no later than July 2007.”

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