Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled!
Of these the most influential is what is called "education." Religion plays a part, though a diminishing one; the press, the cinema, and the radio play an increasing part. What is essential in mass psychology is the art of persuasion. If you compare a speech of Hitler's with a speech of Edmund Burke, you will see what strides have been made in the art since the eighteenth century. What went wrong formerly was that people had read in books that man is a rational animal, and framed their arguments on this hypothesis. We now know that limelight and a brass band do more to persuade than can be done by the most elegant train of syllogisms. It may be hoped that in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if the can catch the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment. - Bertrand Russell

Pennsylvania Association for Individuals with Disabilities

Front non-profit run by John Murtha and cohorts to funnel money to Murtha’s lobbyist friends, and back to his own campaign. The organization went under the instant Murtha died February 2010.

Pennsylvania Association for Individuals with Disabilities
Founded 2001-06-01Desolved 2010-02-08
Alias
PAID
John Murtha’s Front Non-Profit Organization investigated Roll Call
The non profit PAID founded by John Murtha was investigated by the news organization Roll Call in which they said they “could find little evidence that the group was doing anything”. This is despite having collected 650 thousand dollars in John Murtha’s earmarks. Despite having over half a million dollars Roll Call found out through the Department of Labor that PAID had not done anything with the money due to high turnover and not having anyone with enough authority to sign off on checks.
John Murtha Funnels Half a Million Dollars Into Non-Profit Front Company
Murtha secures half a million dollars for a front non-profit company headed up by his lobbyist friends.
John Murtha’s Front Company Receives An Extra 150 Thousand In Earmarks
Another large sum of money (150 thousand dollars) was secured by earmarks sponsored by John Murtha to his front non-profit company. In 2007 when Roll Call did its investigation it still had all this money.

Members

John Patrick Murtha - Founder and Honorary Chairman
Initiated 2001-06-01Retired 2010-02-08
This “non-profit” went under the same month Murtha died.
David H. Fyock - Vice President
Retired 2010-02-08
Bill Kuchera - Director
Ed Washington - Director
Daniel R. DeVos - Honorary Board Member
Jim Estep - Director
Carmen Scialabba - Founder
Initiated 2001-06-01Retired 2010-02-08
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