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Dem Lobbyist Made Illegal Contributions

From the Washington Times:

Superlobbyist pleads guilty, made illegal contributions

Magliocchetti used straw donors to funnel $386,250 to members of Congress

By Chuck Neubauer

September 25, 2010

Superlobbyist Paul Magliocchetti, who specialized in getting defense earmarks for his clients, pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges of making hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to members of Congress.

Magliocchetti admitted using straw donors — friends, lobbyists and family members, including his aged in-laws — to funnel $386,250 in illegal contributions to favored members of Congress including key members of the House appropriations defense subcommittee who provided hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks for the clients of his now defunct Arlington lobbying firm, The PMA Group.

And while watchdog groups had hoped Magliocchetti would use his insider’s knowledge to help federal prosecutors investigate Congress and earmarks, his plea agreement makes no mention of him cooperating in other probes

What a shock. Of course, in reality, the Obama administration probably demanded that he clam up.

Magliocchetti was a major fundraiser for three powerful Democratic members of the defense subcommittee — the late John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, James P. Moran of Virginia and Peter J. Visclosky of Indiana — who had repeatedly helped him and his clients.

What another shock.

The Justice Department said Friday the federal campaigns that received the Magliocchetti funds were unaware of the scheme.

Of course they were unaware.

But federal prosecutors have been trying to determine whether members of Congress or their staffs engaged in a "pay to play" scheme with Magliocchetti and his firm in which they exchanged earmarks for donations…

If the people involved were Republicans, they would have figured it out a long time ago. 

Lobbying clearly paid off for Magliocchetti, according to public records. He took a $1 million PMA salary, lived in a $2 million Florida home, and bought several other Florida condos. He also had a $975,000 condo in Arlington and a home in Fairfax County.

In their divorce, his first wife, Nancy Magliocchetti, said the contents of their wine cellar was worth $350,000

Whoever first said that ‘crime doesn’t pay’ didn’t know much about Democrat politics.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Dem Lobbyist Made Illegal Contributions”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    If John Murtha could be reached for comment he would say, “He made a deal with the devil” ……….. but he was when last checked, in the Big Sauna room.

    Democrats…..please…….you can’t enter the Big Sauna with any “Pay to Play” monies.

  2. Papa Louie says:

    Now that they’ve been made aware of the illegal scheme, are any of these democrats returning the money?

  3. Helena says:

    Doesn’t “Magliocchetti” mean “evil little eyes” in Italian?

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