Lieutenant Governor Candidate Mark Critz Under Federal Investigation? My Heart Sinks

Mark Critz, the Conservadem who hates women, hates LGBTQ members, hates the environment but loves his guns, and Concurrent Technologies Corp. a company that is a benefactor of lucrative military contracts and  the Marcellus Shale Boom, are under federal investigation for fraudulent campaign contributions.

Bloomberg reports:

Critz, who lost his re-election bid in 2012 and is now seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania, marked the 25th anniversary of Concurrent Technologies Corp., based in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in his former congressional district.

Concurrent employees contributed $64,350 to Critz since he first ran in 2010 to succeed the late John Murtha, who he worked for as district director. That was Critz’s biggest single source of campaign funds, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group that tracks donations.

Both Critz and Murtha worked to provide federal funding known as earmarks to Concurrent. About 95 percent of its revenue in the year ending June 2012 came from government grants, according to the nonprofit company’s filing with the Internal Revenue Service.

Mary Bevan, a company spokeswoman, said in an e-mail that it “will continue to cooperate with government investigators.” CTC doesn’t support political campaigns or candidates. Individual employees do “on a personal basis,” she said.

So there you have it!  One half of the supposed “A Team” in the Pennsylvania’s Democratic Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s race is now under federal investigation for pay to play politics.  Gotta love Pennsylvania.

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  • Nick Mandalakas

    Above article does NOT say that Mr. Critz is under investigation. If you are ging to say that Mr. Critz and the defense contractor ARE under investigation, than support that statement with another link.

  • Nick Mandalakas

    To be clear, the Bloomberg article does NOT say that Mr. Critz is under investigation. If you are ging to say that Mr. Critz and the defense contractor ARE under investigation, then support that statement with another link.

  • jackie

    Isn’t it surprising that pay to play is always disguised as personal contributions, but the end result is still the same. Buying our government is not something that is new. IN PA is seems to be the norm. Aren’t we sick of this? Aren’t we tired of being insulted by our elected officials? Aren’t we tired of our tax money going to the 1%? Is this the legacy we want to leave our children?