Here's a curious story, courtesy of Harper's new investigative blog, which adds a new star to our firmament of muck: Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN).
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Last year, four defense firms moved into a new "business incubator" based in Merrillville, Indiana, of all places, Harper's Ken Silverstein reports.
At first blush, that's quite a coincidence -- four defense firms relocating to the same spot, right in middle of nowhere. What are the odds? But it gets weirder.
Silverstein says all four companies hired the same Washington, D.C. lobbying firm to help them win defense contracts, a shop called the PMA Group.
He also found that they all gave lots of money to the same congressman to help pry government money loose. (That's right, Pete Visclosky.)
It is no surprise, then, that Merrillville is smack dab in the middle of Visclosky's district. Or that Visclosky built the business center that houses those firms with $7 million in earmarks. Or that his former chief of staff, Richard Kaelin, is now a lobbyist with the PMA Group.