**(CBS) **Congressman Jack Murtha is one of the most influential powerbrokers in Washington.
According to an estimate by Taxpayers for Common Sense, he’s steered more than $600 million in earmarks to his Pennsylvania district in the past four years and $2 billion since 1992. But what’s been good for Murtha and his district is not always good for taxpayers.
Top defense lobbyists recently flocked to a high-priced fundraiser at the Ritz in Virginia, all for Congressman John Murtha, the head of the House committee on military spending. This year alone, Murtha gave out nearly $160 million dollars in earmarks – grants of money without the normal public review.
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