November 20, 2014

Moran is unashamed of shameful earmarks

Jim Moran has a long history with the infamous earmark – something President Obama has calleda bad Washington habit that wastes billions of taxpayer dollars”. He’s used them in exchange for campaign cash, including nearly $200,000 from a company that was shut down by the FBI. He [in]famously declared in 2006 that he would “earmark the sh*t out of” the House Appropriations Committee, and after House Republicans (in agreement with President Obama) banned earmarks in 2011, Moran boasted that he knew how to get around the ban. (All this despite an aspiration to “get the money out of politics”.)

Now Moran is waxing nostalgic about about the good ol’ days when he and his friends in Congress could blow billions of taxpayer dollars in earmarks.

From InsideNOVA:

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran departs Congress unrepentant on the need for those much-maligned targeted budget items known as earmarks.

Moran – who once famously, if jokingly, promised to “earmark the shit out of” the federal budget if Democrats regained control in Congress – told the annual meeting of the Inter-Service Club Council of Arlington that the spending measures that used to be inserted at the behest of individual members of Congress should be brought back.

Horse-trading among members of Congress, or between the executive and legislative branches, is hardly new. Moran noted that Abraham Lincoln had to trade things in order to win congressional support for emancipation of slaves.

“It may be messy, it may not pass muster with the good-government groups,” Moran said of the earmarks process, but “it’s a system that has worked for 200 years.”

You would think Moran would be spending this time trying to shape his shameful legacy into something positive for people to remember about his time in Congress. But he doesn’t see it as shameful, so he keeps pushing forward with the same old garbage.

October 23, 2014

Jim Moran is refusing to do constituent services because he’s retiring

An 8th District resident forwarded us an email that he received from Jim Moran after he made a constituent services request. Apparently, Jim Moran has decided that he can retire early from serving constituents.

The email says that because he’s retiring, constituents should contact the offices of Virginia’s two senators if they need anything. We’ve heard from a number of other 8th District residents who say they have gotten similar refusals to do work.

Jim Moran is still a congressman until January 2015. If Jim Moran no longer wants to do his job, he should do his constituents a favor and resign now instead of sitting around collecting his taxpayer-funded paychecks for two and a half more months.

From:”Congressman Jim Moran”
Date:Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM
Subject:Congressman Jim Moran

Thank you for contacting my office. As you know, I am retiring after 24 years serving the 8th District of Virginia in Congress.

If your correspondence is regarding:

For personal casework, I recommend you contact the office of Senator Mark Warner at(703) 442-0670 or Senator Tim Kaine at (703) 361-3192.

If you have passports and tourist visas requests please contact my District Office at (703) 971-4700.

For tour requests (White House, Capitol, etc.), please contact my Capitol Hill office at (202) 225-4376. We are unable to process tour requests made after November 1st, 2014.

Should you have any other concerns, please contact my District Office at (703) 971-4700.

It has been an honor and privilege to represent you in Congress.  Thank you again for contacting me.

James P. Moran

If you’ve gotten a similar response from Moran, let us know in the comments or at

September 2, 2014

Moran voted no on funding for Israel’s Iron Dome

In August, Congress approved $225 million in aid to help fund Israel’s Iron Dome, an air defense system that has intercepted hundreds of rockets fired into Israel by Hamas terrorists. The vote was unanimous in the Senate and 395-8 in the House. Who was one of the 8 to vote against it? You guessed it – Jim Moran.

The Iron Dome has saved countless Israeli lives (it recently intercepted 15 missiles at the same time), so why would Jim Moran vote against it? Our only guess is that it’s because of his rabid anti-Semitic/anti-Israel views.

September 1, 2014

Of course, Jim Moran wants big money in retirement

Jim Moran has been just as reckless with his own money as he has with taxpayer money, so he’s just about broke. He made no secret to ARLnow that he wants to make big bucks in the private sector after retiring from Congress.

Rep. Jim Moran is 69 years old and thrice-divorced, with the last split leaving him nearly broke. Moran reported no assets or liabilities in his financial disclosure report in 2010, in the middle of his divorce with businesswoman LuAnn Bennett, according to The Washington Post. He took home his congressional salary and a $10,000 teaching fee from George Mason University.

No longer as strapped for cash, the former stockbroker says he has no plans to retire from working when he leaves Congress, and will seek a high-paying job.

‘It’s a little embarrassing that I don’t own my own home or even my own car,’ Moran says.

Jim Moran cites frustration with gridlock in Congress as his reason for retiring, but the real reason is pretty clearly just to cash in. We’ll see if he blows it all on the stock market again

August 29, 2014

“I wanted to get the money out of politics”

Update 8/31/2014 - In the third part of the series, Jim Moran said of 2014 8th District Democratic nominee Don Beyer, “I’m hoping he can raise enough money that he can move into the leadership.” Seems Jim Moran doesn’t actually believe what he says about money in politics. What a shocker…


“‘“I wanted to get the money out of politics,’ he says. “I still do, but it’s gotten worse. I wanted to be transformational, in my naiveté. I was surprised at the influence that various interest groups had, domestically and internationally.”

That’s what Jim Moran said in an interview with ARLnow.

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Let’s look at his record. Jim Moran raised millions of dollars in each election cycle, despite almost never facing a close race. He engaged in pay-to-play schemes in which he secured earmarks in exchange for campaign contributions for companies like the infamous PMA Group, which was shut down by the feds, and the corporations behind the Mark Center (which might as well be named the Moran Center). He used confidential insider information to get himself out of the stock market before it crashed in 2008. (Oh, and he tried to raise Congress’s pay.)

Jim Moran wants to get money out of politics? Please.

July 19, 2014

Russia bans Jim Moran

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Russia has apparently banned Jim Moran from entering the country.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has placed a U.S. lawmaker and 12 other people connected with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on its list of those banned from entering the country.

In a statement Saturday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, was banned in response to the July 2 U.S. ban on Russian parliament member Adam Delimkhanov. He said Moran had been repeatedly accused of financial misdeeds but didn’t elaborate.

Moran said he suspects the ban was due to his sponsoring an amendment to a defense appropriations bill approved by the House that bars the U.S. purchase of helicopters from Rosoboronexport, the Russian state arms dealer which he accused of being ‘the principal supplier to the Assad regime in Syria.’

Moran said he has no plans to travel to Russia.

Whatever their reasoning, they could just make up some misdeed or abuse and it would probably be true of Jim Moran, given his long and infamous record.