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Ethics office requests investigation of lobbying firm PMA Group over no-bid contracts; Renewed questions about U.S. lobbying firm's role in Jamaican extradition case

POSTED: 05:59 PM ET, 05/27/2010 by Jennifer Jenkins

Ethics office asks for investigation of lobbying firm PMA Group's clients The Washington Post
A congressional ethics office asked the Justice Department on Thursday to review evidence it found suggesting that companies are providing campaign cash to lawmakers for no-bid contracts, and consider a criminal probe. The investigation focused on companies that were clients of the once powerful lobby firm the PMA Group and sought earmarked contracts from lawmakers who sat on the House Appropriations committee.

Renewed questions about lobbying firm's involvement in Jamaican extradition case The Washington Post
The ongoing violence in Jamaica continues to generate unwelcome scrutiny toward a prominent U.S. lobbying firm that played a mysterious role in extradition negotiations between the two governments leading up to a military manhunt for a drug kingpin with political ties to the Jamaican prime minister.

By Jennifer Jenkins |  May 27, 2010; 5:59 PM ET The Daily Read
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