PMA Group

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.

Roll Call: PMA investigation outcome is suspicious - the questions

As you all know, you will only get the full story on the PMA scandal here. Roll Call has the latest chapter in the book which you can read below.
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The Feb. 26 ethics committee report concluding that no House Members colluded with the PMA Group lobbying firm to exchange earmarks for campaign contributions indicated that the committee had been investigating the matter since the spring of 2009.

Ethics Office Closes Inquiry Into Murtha, Dicks and Moran

Office of Congressional Ethics clears the biggest offenders of breaking bribery and accepting gifts. The ethics committee is still investigating and no word on Marcy's status on OCE's investigation. Marcy and the other reps are still not out of the woods yet. The Hill, Washington Post, and Roll Call have the latest.
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Marcy is demanding answers on the ethics leak - according to the Hill

Marcy is demanding "a full accounting" of the leak showing she was brought before the ethics committee about her connections with the disgraced PMA Group. Why not?

More on PMA investigation involving Kaptur and PMA group

Here is a news round-up from the past 24 hrs:

Ethics Inquiries Into Lawmakers Surface via Security Breach
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/us/politics/30ethics.html

House Ethics Panel Probes Earmarks by 7 Lawmakers
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125687195676817779.html

Ethics list heavy on defense spenders
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28930.html

Rep. Kaptur's earmarks part of ethics probe
http://dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/10/31/kaptur.AR...

What the House ethics papers say about the PMA probe

Washington Post: Kaptur is 1 of 7 being investigated by ethics committee

Washington Post is reporting Marcy Kaptur is one of the seven being investigated for her ties to the PMA Group in the PMA Scandal. To see the full history, please check out the link to the right.
http://swampbubbles.com/person-or-thing-interest/pma-scandal
According to the Post, Kaptur was interviewed last week about her activities.

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As Ethics Issues Swirl, the House Finally Has the Right Process

Last week, the Washington Post had a story discussing potential conflicts of interest of the members of the House ethics committee over its investigation of alleged earmark irregularities linked to the lobbying firm PMA Group. PMA has close ties to a number of Members of Congress, including the powerful chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.). It turns out that the 10 members of the ethics panel have requested a number of earmarks from Murtha’s subcommittee.

PMA Probe Moves Quietly

4 Aug 2009 // Nearly two months after the House ethics committee acknowledged it is investigating lawmakers’ ties to the PMA Group — a statement made in the wake of demands for public accountability — little is known about the inquiry because the panel is using a process that limits the amount of information it has to release.

Although the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, commonly known as the ethics committee, announced in mid-June that its leaders had approved a “review of certain, specific allegations,” it has not named lawmakers or even which House rules it is examining.

Ethics committee launches PMA probe

Let's see where this goes and will Marcy be investigated?
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The House ethics committee said in a statement released tonight that the panel is investigating the ties between a now defunct lobbying firm and members of Congress.

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/06/11/house-ethics-committee-takes-up...

The House Ethics Committee is officially investigating the relationship between the defunct PMA Group and lawmakers -- including Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Penn.) and Peter Visclosky (D-Indiana).

http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0609/Ethics_committee_reviewin...

Kaptur votes against investigating her donations

In case you missed it, Marcy voted against HR 425 which called for an investigation into the donations the PMA Group gave to members of Congress and the earmarks the cleints received. Of course for those of you who need a reminder, Marcy's largest donor last election cycle was the PMA Group. 25 Democrats supported the resolution.
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H. RES. 425
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.RES.425:

RESOLUTION

Raising a question of the privileges of the House.

PMA client, earmark recipient, gets money, produced 34k faulty combat helmets

A disgusting story of how earmarks and Congress corruption could threaten the lives of soldiers.
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Lawmakers may give recalled combat helmets more scrutiny
The Army has issued a recall of more than 34,000 advanced-combat helmets that failed ballistics tests, a move certain to attract scrutiny on Capitol Hill.

But an added element of intrigue that may also catch lawmakers’ attention is the firm that lobbied on behalf of the helmet’s manufacturer: the PMA Group.

http://thehill.com/the-executive/lawmakers-may-give-recalled-combat-helm...

Ethics panel pressured to launch PMA probe

The House ethics committee is facing more public pressure to launch a probe into a lobbying firm under investigation by the FBI and its ties to three powerful Democrats.

Four watchdog groups, Democracy 21, Common Cause, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG, are urging the ethics panel to investigate activities involving PMA Group and Democratic Reps. John Murtha (Pa.), Peter Visclosky (Ind.) and Jim Moran (Va.), all members of the House defense appropriations subcommittee.

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/ethics-panel-pressured-to-launch-pma...

Try Some Quid Pro Nil

The New York Times has its 3rd editorial on the PMA Scandal yesterday. This one explaining the problem of the scandal as well as prodding the Democratic leadership to investigate.
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The federal raid on a high-flying firm of defense lobbyists has prompted a few brave Democrats to propose the ultimate reform — an outright ban on the practice of lawmakers’ customizing budget goodies for contractors who requite with generous campaign donations. This circular flow of taxpayer money is at the heart of the investigation into the PMA Group of lobbyists.

Democracy 21 and other groups will push for PMA Scandal probe next week

It appears the push for a probe into the PMA Scandal has even riled the groups that originally worked with the Democrats to push for ethics. So much so, next week they plan to publicly push for a probe into the PMA scandal.
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From Roll Call:
Next week, Democracy 21 and other good-government groups are expected to ask the House ethics committee next week for an investigation into lawmakers with close ties to defunct lobbying firm PMA Group, Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer said on Friday.

Earmarks of Scandal

New York Times has another editorial on the PMA scandal and the earmark factory it exposed.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi should listen to the wise Democrats who are pushing for an ethics inquiry into the far-too-cozy relationship between lawmakers and the PMA Group of superlobbyists.

PMA Scandal Update, March 24, 2009

Slow start for Pelosi's new watchdogs
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/20459.html

PMA Group founder once won earmarks for owner of Yankees
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/pma-group-founder-once-won-earmarks-...

PMA Update March 18, 2009

PMA Scandal Update March 16. 2009

Dirty Money: Rep. Jason Altmire, D-PA
WHAT: Altmire received the following dirty money: Communication Workers of America (PAC) $5,000 in 2008 election cycle; Boilermakers Union PAC $10,000 in 2008 election cycle; $9,100 in 2006 election cycle; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (PAC) $5,000 in 2008 election cycle; $13,500 in 2006 election cycle. American Federation of Government Employees (PAC) $3,500 in 2008 election cycle; $500 in 2006 election cycle. PMA Group (PAC) $7,000 in 2008 election cycle.
http://www.dcexaminer.com/opinion/Dirty-Money-Rep--41291457.html

PMA Lobbyist, Relatives Gave Lawmakers $1.5 Million Since 2000

CQ Politics has an story on a topic I noticed almost a month ago, that Paul Magliochetti's relatives donated a bunch of money to candidates, CQ totaled it up to the tune of 1.5 million. But what CQ did not look at was this behavior spreads to more than just the founder, it spreads to other employees as well.

PMA Scandal Updates March 5, 2009

House Tables Proposed Probe of PMA Group
http://www.rollcall.com/news/32907-1.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

Visclosky endorses some form of action on PMA Group
http://realtime.sunlightprojects.org/2009/03/05/visclosky-endorses-some-...

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