Paul J. Magliocchetti, the former House Appropriations staffer who went on to be a top lobbyist for earmarks, got out of prison today. Magliocchetti pled guilty to charges that he made illegal campaign donations. He was served a 27-month sentence for admitting to funneling more than $380,000 to House and Senate campaigns through straw donors.
PMA Group, Magliocchetti's firm, boasted a stable of lobbyists who had gone through the revolving door, some 33 in all, including 7 who worked for the congressional appropriations committees or their members. Of those, 28 are still registered to lobby the federal government ...Continue reading
The Rise And Fall Of Top Lobbying Firms in the 2000s
They were the pioneers of a high profile business. Politicians held strategy sessions with them, while the public saw them... View ArticleContinue reading
Deterring Corruption by Improving Disclosure
Late last week, PMA lobbyist Paul Magliocchetti was sentenced to 27 months in prison and a $75,000 fine after pleading... View ArticleContinue reading
Lobbyist to plead guilty, may provide information on lawmakers, despite ethics committee exoneration
In case you needed a dose of the absurd for your Monday take a look at the case of ex-lobbyist... View ArticleContinue reading
Head of PMA Group Indicted
Paul Magliocchetti, the former head of the now-defunct lobby shop, PMA Group, was indicted on charges that he “made hundreds... View ArticleContinue reading
DCCC invokes Murtha to aid Critz
A friend and colleague passes along the following email the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is sending out, signed by the widow of the late Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., Joyce Murtha:
It is bittersweet to write this e-mail so soon after Jack's passing. While nobody can ever fill Jack's shoes, I am heartened to see Mark Critz, Jack's former Director for Economic Development, running for the seat my husband proudly held for 36 years. With the polls neck and neck heading into the final stretch, I am asking for your support so Mark can win this ...Continue reading
Heckuva Job, Ethics Committee!
Wondering why the House Ethics Committee exonerated every single lawmaker touched by the PMA Group campaign contributions-for-earmarks scandal? They didn’t... View ArticleContinue reading
Potential Murtha successor Norm Dicks knows the favor factory
What’s Going on This Morning?
The above image is of the Connecticut legislature hard at work. I spot one game of free cell, one game... View ArticleContinue reading
Ethics Link Line-Up
The party may be over, but the investigation is just beginning. The House Ethics Committee confirms that it is investigating... View ArticleContinue reading