Dirty Money Watch: Rep. Ed Perlmutter

WHO: Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act (aka Card Check)

WHAT: Perlmutter received the following dirty money: Communications Workers of America (PAC), $10,000 in 2008 election cycle and $10,000 in 2006 election cycle; Boilermakers Union (PAC), $2,000 in 2010 election cycle, $4,500 in 2008 election cycle and $2,000 in 2006 election cycle; American Federation of Government Employees (PAC), $1,000 in 2008 election cycle and $2,500 in 2006 election cycle; Service Employees International Union (PAC), $2,500 in 2010 election cycle, $10,000 in 2008 election cycle and $10,000 in 2006 election cycle; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (PAC), $5,000 in 2010 election cycle, $7,500 in 2008 election cycle and $12,500 in 2006 election cycle.

WHY IT’S DIRTY: Multiple officers and members of these unions, including division presidents, secretary-treasurers and business managers, have been convicted since 2001 of felonies like embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy. CWA and AFGE each has had eight convictions. SEIU has had nine. Boilermakers has had 10. IBEW has had 14. The amounts of embezzled funds range from more than $5,000 to more than $100,000.

WHAT: Perlmutter received the following dirty money: PMA Group (PAC), $2,000 in 2008 election cycle.

WHY IT’S DIRTY: PMA Group (Paul Magliocchetti and Associates) was a defense lobbying group that’s now the focus of multiple federal investigations concerning allegations of influence peddling and other corrupt activities, mostly associated with earmarks. Before it was disbanded earlier this year, PMA Group’s employees and its political action committee gave current members of Congress $3.4 million between 1989 and 2008, with 79 percent of that going to Democrats, according to OpenSecrets.org.

WILL PERLMUTTER GIVE IT BACK? Perlmutter did not respond to The Examiner’s request for comment.

THE SCORE:

Number of Democrats who have given it back: 0

Number of Republicans who have given it back: 0

Gave donation to charity: Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa.

YOUR TURN: You can reach Perlmutter’s Washington, D.C., office at (202) 225-2645.

Dirty Money is researched and written by Kevin Mooney of The Washington Examiner’s commentary staff.

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