PART TWO: Senator Murray’s Earmark Requests For Clients Of Former Staffers-Turned-Lobbyists And Campaign Cash by RossifarianSpy

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Laena Fallon, Washington State Republican Party spokesperson, stated, “Senator Murray
said that she ‘wasn’t elected to do earmarks,’ yet she continues to request billions in pork
and bring home the bacon at a record-setting rate. More concerning are the pay-to-play
ties exposed by the Seattle Times, which show Senator Murray funneling millions in
earmarks to former staffers-turned-lobbyists as they contribute to her re-election
campaign. Her former chief of staff, Rick Desimone, is well known in the Washington
community, yet he lobbied Senator Murray to secure a million dollar earmark request for a
Canadian-based company. As Senator Murray and her former chief of staff know,
Washington state needs jobs, not Canada. This is just another sign of how out of touch
Senator Murray is with Washington state. This 18-year incumbent has become the
quintessential D.C. insider who thinks it’s okay to use taxpayer dollars to fund favor
factories for her D.C. lobbyist friends.”

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									  PART TWO: Senator Murray’s Earmark Requests For Clients Of Former Staffers-
                    Turned-Lobbyists And Campaign Cash

***This is the second of a two-part series looking at Senator Patty Murray’s earmark
requests for clients of former staffers-turned-lobbyists who have given campaign cash to
back Murray.***

BELLEVUE, WA – Earlier this month, Senator Patty Murray told McClatchy News that, ‘I
wasn’t elected to do earmarks. I was elected to get things done.’ Well, as we know,
Senator Murray has certainly done earmarks. This year alone, she made nearly $1.4
billion in requests for more than 500 earmarks.

These whopping figures are even more disturbing in light of the recent Seattle Times
report that at least 17 of Senator Murray’s former staffers are now lobbyists for whom
Senator Murray has requested millions in earmarks for their clients. According to the
Times, these staffers-turned-lobbyists were awarded nearly $20 million in earmarks for
their clients in the Fiscal Year 2011 Senate Defense Appropriations bill – only one of the
twelve annual spending bills. These staffers-turned-lobbyists and their clients who
secured earmarks from Senator Murray in the defense bill have given $80,000 to her
campaign and leadership PAC since 2006.

The following analysis takes a look at two of Senator Murray’s former staffers, Rick
Desimone – her well-known former chief of staff, and Dale Learn, both of whom are now
lobbyists, the earmarks Senator Murray requested for their clients this year, and the
amount of money they’ve contributed to her re-election campaign. Of note, Rick Desimone
secured an earmark request for the Canadian-based company, Pyng Medical. The Seattle
Times reported that the earmark for Pyng will be spent on research and development in
the Puget Sound region; however, the only Pyng office in that area is a sales office in
Kirkland.

Laena Fallon, Washington State Republican Party spokesperson, stated, “Senator Murray
said that she ‘wasn’t elected to do earmarks,’ yet she continues to request billions in pork
and bring home the bacon at a record-setting rate. More concerning are the pay-to-play
ties exposed by the Seattle Times, which show Senator Murray funneling millions in
earmarks to former staffers-turned-lobbyists as they contribute to her re-election
campaign. Her former chief of staff, Rick Desimone, is well known in the Washington
community, yet he lobbied Senator Murray to secure a million dollar earmark request for a
Canadian-based company. As Senator Murray and her former chief of staff know,
Washington state needs jobs, not Canada. This is just another sign of how out of touch
Senator Murray is with Washington state. This 18-year incumbent has become the
quintessential D.C. insider who thinks it’s okay to use taxpayer dollars to fund favor
factories for her D.C. lobbyist friends.”

Rick Desimone
A Client Of Rick Desimone At McBee Strategic Consulting, Pyng Medical USA, Was Listed As
The Recipient Of A $1.5 Million FY2011 Funding Request Made By Murray. (Center For Responsive
Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/17/10; Senator Patty Murray’s Website, www.murray.senate.gov, Accessed
10/17/10)

Port Of Seattle And The Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board Were Listed As The
Recipients Of A $1.35 Million FY2011 Funding Request Made By Murray; The Port Of Seattle Is A
Client Of Rick Desimone At McBee Strategic Consulting. (Center For Responsive Politics,
www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/17/10; Senator Patty Murray’s Website, www.murray.senate.gov, Accessed 10/17/10)

Since 2007, Richard Desimone Has Contributed $5,300 To Murray. (Center For Responsive Politics,
www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/17/10)

So Far This Cycle, Desimone Has Contributed At Least $2,500 To Murray’s PAC, M-PAC. (Center
For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/18/10)

Dale Learn
A Client Of Dale Learn At Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs, Ben Franklin Transit,
Was Listed As The Recipient Of A $5.2 Million FY2011 Funding Request Made By Murray. (Center
For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/18/10; Senator Patty Murray’s Website,
www.murray.senate.gov, Accessed 10/18/10)

A Client Of Dale Learn At Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs, Intercity Transit, Was
Listed As The Recipient Of A $4 Million FY2011 Funding Request And Of A $3.24 Million FY2011
Funding Request Made By Murray. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/19/10;
Senator Patty Murray’s Website, www.murray.senate.gov, Accessed 10/19/10)

A Client Of Dale Learn At Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs, Sunstream
Corporation, Was Listed As The Recipient Of A $3 Million FY2011 Funding Request Made By
Murray. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/18/10; Senator Patty Murray’s Website,
www.murray.senate.gov, Accessed 10/18/10)

    •    Since 2008, Kenneth Hey, The Co-Founder Of Sunstream Corporation, Contributed
         $2,000 To Murray. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/18/10; Sunstream
         Corporation Website, www.sunstreamboatlifts.com, Accessed 10/18/10)

    •    Since 2007, Deborah Hey, The Co-Founder Of Sunstream Corporation, Contributed
         $4,800 To Murray. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/18/10; Sunstream
         Corporation Website, www.sunstreamboatlifts.com, Accessed 10/18/10)

Since 2007, Dale Learn Has Contributed At Least $3,200 To Murray. (Center For Responsive Politics,
www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/18/10)

So Far This Cycle, Learn Has Contributed At Least $8,000 To Murray’s PAC, M-PAC. (Center For
Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/18/10)

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