Five New Jersey Congressmen helped secure earmarks for clients of a Washington defense lobbying firm while receiving campaign contributions from their PAC or employees, according to a review by Congressional Quarterly. The firm, The PMA Group, is closing their lobbying practice after allegations that their founder funneled donations through bogus donors. The earmarks were in the 2008 defense appropriations law, and the contributions are since 2001.
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) collected $29,129 in campaign contributions, and is credited with a solo earmark of $2.5 million and assisting with another $4.8 million earmark. Steven Rothman (D-Englewood) is credited with securing a solo earmark of $800,000 and helping with other earmarks worth $.24 million. He has received $4,000 in campaign contributions since 2001. Frelinghuysen and Rothman both serve on the House Appropriations Committee.
Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, received $73,200 and helped secure $2.4 million in earmarks. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights) took in $5,000 in contributions and played a role in a $1.5 million earmark. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor) has $1,500 in contributions and helped secure a $1.5 million earmark.