And in March, he received $2,000 in contributions from two executives at Kennametal Inc., which secured an earmark worth $2 million for “advanced tungsten penetrators and ballistic materials.”
Others concentrated multiple donations in the runup to the mid-March deadline for earmark requests. Officials at DRS Technologies gave Murtha 14 separate contributions totaling $15,000 in those two weeks. The Johnstown-based company received three earmarks totaling $10 million.
MTS Technologies executives likewise forked over $14,400 in that period. With Murtha’s help, the company secured a $3 million earmark.
While Murtha got a slight majority of individual contributions from officials outside of Pennsylvania, he only directed two earmarks out-of-state. One, to SRA International in Fairfax, Va., was worth $1.5 million. The company did not respond to a request for comment.
The other, to Goodrich Corp. in Phoenix, sets aside $1 million for “ejection seat improvement.”
“As a U.S. aerospace and defense company, Goodrich appreciates the support that Congressman Murtha and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense provides on a range of issues that advance innovation and capabilities for the warfighter,” Bill Lennox, a senior vice president in Goodrich’s Washington, D.C., office, said in a statement.
In the previous election cycle, the company’s political action committee gave Murtha $3,500.
T.R. Goldman and Brandace Simmons contributed to this report.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.