Kaptur's PMA associate pleads guilty-Eleven count indictment on corruption

Magliocchetti Pleads Guilty, Warren to Lead CFPA and More in Capital Eye Opener: September 17, 2010

EX-LOBBYIST PLEADS GUILTY TO CORRUPTION: Paul Magliocchetti, the former head of PMA Group, will plead guilty to charges of corruption next week, the Associated Press reports.

Magliocchetti had originally pleaded not guilty in late August, but with his son also pleading guilty to related charges, and the threat of other family members being forced to testify against him, Magliocchetti will change his plea on Sept. 24. Charged with making hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal campaign contributions, Magliocchetti faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Before Magliocchetti faced an 11-count indictment of various corruption charges, he had been one of Washington’s power players. As head of the PMA Group, Magliocchetti was a successful lobbying, utilizing his connections with the House Appropriations Committee to secure earmarks while making significant campaign contributions to preferred members. Since 1989, Magliocchetti and his employees at PMA Group contributed $3.4 million to federal politicians and political interests. Since his indictment however, the PMA Group has disbanded, with its employees scattering to various other lobbying firms.

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From the Rich Iott Campaign:

Kaptur's Earmark Hustler/PMA Group Head to Plead Guilty to Illegal Campaign Contributions to Congress

Rep. Marcy Kaptur's close ties to a corrupt "Pay to Play" earmark scandal surfaced again today, as the former head of a Washington D.C. lobbying firm - which lavished her with more than $140,000 in campaign donations - agreed to plead guilty to making hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal contributions to congressional campaigns.
Until his indictment last month, PMA Group Founder Paul Magliocchetti was a top Democratic lobbyist who focused on steering big campaign donations to members of the House Appropriations Committee, of which Kaptur is a member. Magliocchetti, the Democratic equivalent of corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, is expected to cooperate with federal investigators, according to a news report today in the Politico:

"Magliocchetti is now scheduled to enter his guilty plea on Sept. 24, and there is speculation that he may assist prosecutors looking into how lawmakers awarded hundreds of millions in spending earmarks to defense contractors," the news report said.

Campaign finance reports on file in Washington show that Magliocchetti, his family members, employees of the PMA Group, and their clients, have funneled a total of $143,800 to Marcy Kaptur. Kaptur has sponsored or supported tens of millions of dollars in earmarks to PMA clients, including Imaging Systems Technology of Toledo, which has won or has pending more than $16 million in earmarks sponsored by Kaptur.
On July 4, 2010, the New York Times reported on Kaptur's efforts to steer earmarks to IST, a PMA client which makes materials for bullet proof vests they hope to one day sell back to the government for use by the Pentagon. The Pentagon has so far declined to buy more than a few of the vests that they have used in evaluations.

The Politico news report published today continued:

Federal prosecutors have alleged that Magliocchetti, a former aide on the House Appropriations subcommittee on Defense, "funneled personal and corporate money to friends, family members and PMA lobbyists in order to make these unlawful contributions."
Magliocchetti was the founder of the PMA Group, a lobbying firm that specialized in securing earmarks for its clients. Magliocchetti, PMA's employees and its clients steered millions of dollars to members of House Appropriations Committees in recent years, including the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), and their clients received funding worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
PMA's offices in Virginia were raided by federal agents in late 2008 and the firm collapsed earlier the following year.

Federal authorities have conducted two investigations into whether Kaptur and others wrongly traded earmarks for campaign contributions. One investigation, conducted by the Democratic Party majority in the House, was wrapped up with no findings of wrongdoing by Kaptur. However, findings from the other investigation are still pending as the Justice Department considers the evidence in the case.

Rich Iott, the Republican challenger to Kaptur in this year's election, called on Kaptur in early July to:
· Return all of the campaign donations connected to the PMA Group.
· Come clean to the taxpayers and voters of the 9th District about her activities to secure millions in earmarks in return for contributions to her re-election campaign.
· Work to rescind the hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks that were awarded to any organization or company connected to the PMA Group.
· Pledge never to seek or support another earmark.
Months have passed, and Kaptur has refused to do any of the above.
"Today's news shows again what Rich Iott has been saying all along - that the earmark system is corrupt and leads to a gross misuse of our tax dollars," said Matthew Parker, spokesman for the Iott campaign. "Representative Kaptur's compliance with these four principles outlined by Rich Iott is the least she can do to begin to fix this problem. Anything short of complete compliance with these fundamental steps of restitution will fail to win back the trust of the voters of the 9th Congressional District."
Iott has signed a pledge not to seek or support any earmarks when he is elected to Congress in November.

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Don't know why it double posted(?)
Trying to remove one.
Sorry about that.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.-Ben Franklin

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2010/09/ceo-9-17-10.html

Many stories on this:

http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&site=&source=hp&q=pma+indictmen...

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.-Ben Franklin

Marcy was paid off by these people worse than a Tom Noe Contribution. Which page will the daily local bury this one on if they print it at all.

for the update tombrown.

If the Toledo Rag will cover the story. Probably not, they are still working on Bell's junket.

Do you think Iott, if he beats long odds and finds his fat ass planted in Congress, will refuse contributions? Of course he will. He is a man of integrity. His leadership in the demise of Food Town and the Pharm demonstrated that. It's not about money. It's about selling shares. I'm sure Richie would scrutinze every contribution check that crossed his desk. Think the folks at Spartan would like to give him some money?

Patience is a great virtue.

You will be investigated,next. Thats why you use this Foodtown crap. No one heard from you back when is supposed Foodtown crisis took place. I could not find one article about you
backing the Foodtown workers or any claim of a problem with Foodtown.

Her real problem is he is singing like a canary.

MikeyA

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