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Firm Tied to Murtha Earmarks Goes Dark

Think Green was launched in September in partnership with New York-based venture capital firm Think Green Global, but a spokesman for the firm said they have had basically no dealings with Stalder, Hoban or Think Green Funding Solutions since the launch.

The D.C. group was intended to operate on a contract basis with the New York group, providing consulting assistance to clients as needed, but the New York group “has done no real business with [the D.C. group] at all,” the spokesman said, and the D.C. group has no ownership of the New York firm.

Think Green Funding Solutions lists as its address a downtown Washington suite that houses dozens of companies in “virtual offices,” but the receptionist there had never heard of the company. The phone number listed on the Web site rings at the New York venture capital firm, and messages sent to the D.C. e-mail address bounce back as undeliverable.

The Web site for the D.C. Think Green office indicates that one of its services is “developing and increasing Congressional funds for specific project areas,” but the firm is not registered to lobby Congress.

Several sources said the former KSA employees have another consulting firm, Edge Solutions. Maryland corporate records show a firm by that name registered at the home address of Richard Weiss, one of the KSA partners who is also listed on the Think Green Web site, but no further information about that group was available, and an e-mail sent at the Edge Solutions Web site was not returned.

KSA was also the lobbying firm for KDH Defense Systems, which Murtha provided with earmarks worth more than $3 million for a “swimmer detection” sonar system for the Navy to protect its docks and ships.

But KDH sews bulletproof vests. It had never built a sonar system and had no expertise in sonar engineering, and as Roll Call reported last year, the swimmer detection system has been mired in litigation and has not been deployed. With KSA’s assistance, KDH also received millions of dollars in earmarks for its vests.

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