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Mr. Murtha’s Money

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.

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