PMA Scandal

PMA Lobbyist Pleads Guilty

Updated: 9/27/2010, 12:58 pm | Paul Magliocchetti, a former lobbyist and key figure in the Center for Public Integrity’s The Murtha Method investigation, pled guilty on Friday to federal campaign finance violations.

Magliocchetti once worked for the House defense appropriations subcommittee. Later, as head of the PMA Group lobbying firm, he represented seven defense contractors which received more than $30.2 million in earmarks from the now-deceased subcommittee chairman Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.

http://www.publicintegrity.org/blog/entry/2457/

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.

Kaptur talks to 13abc about PMA donations

Marcy talked to 13abc and will be on Sunday's Conklin and Company. Click on Read more to see the news story shown on the evening news and a preview of the Sunday show.

From the AP: What stories does the lobbist have to tell?

WASHINGTON — Justice Department prosecutors made it clear in private discussions in recent months that once-prominent lobbyist Paul Magliocchetti could limit his legal exposure if he cooperated fully in a criminal investigation that could eventually spell trouble for members of Congress.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iZS4EQPdILdgixEpTA8IVx...

Kaptur Donor Indicted for Funneling Campaign Contributions

Donor funnels money to get around campaign limits, the recipeient is Marcy Kaptur. Read more at the Lake Currents story:

Roll Call is reporting today that PMA Founder Paul Magliocchetti was arrested and charged with making hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of fraudulent campaign contributions to members of Congress.

http://lakecurrents.com/20100805/kaptur-donor-indicted-funneling-campaig...

Kaptur wins Porker of the Month! Congratulations

We should be so proud of this esteemed award from the Citizens Against Government Waste. Great video BTW.

Fox News: Marcy a duck is a duck (bribes and kickbacks)

The defense department did not even want what Marcy was hawking but she did anyways after a donation....even the Blade does not support her, talk about arrogance......but no surprise here any look at her donations and then when people get grants shows this is Marcy's MO for a long period of time. Also don't forget Marcy is a hypocrite.... It is also nice to know that those of you who read this site, know this is not new news. Everyone else seems to be shocked, but I know you are not. There is still more, that is for sure....

See Fox news concisely calling a spade a spade or a kickback a kickback a bribe a bribe:
http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4276466/kickbacks-and-bribes/

Ethics panel defends its probe of PMA Group

The ethics committee addressed a host of resolutions regarding its now closed investigation of seven lawmakers’ ties to PMA Group

http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/44875

Lawmakers press for PMA docs

Two House members have asked the outside Office of Congressional Ethics to release all of the information it received in investigating seven House appropriators in connection with the now-defunct PMA Group.

The lawmakers investigated were later cleared by the internal House ethics committee, which has greater authority to punish members of Congress.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0410/36566.html#ixzz0nRpcQ2L7

Ethics Committee Clears Seven, But Questions Persist

Maybe it's time for the House ethics committee to find a new name.

Last week, the bipartisan committee, known formally as the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, cleared seven lawmakers who had been accused of trading millions in federal dollars for campaign contributions.

The exoneration came despite a report from a separate group, the Office of Congressional Ethics, that found defense contractors that received the federal money (which came in the form of earmarks) believed their contributions were directly tied to federal money coming their way.

Critz Requests Release of Ethics Transcripts

Mark Critz — the Democratic nominee to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and a former Murtha staffer — on Wednesday asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to release the transcripts of the interviews conducted with him when the office was investigating Murtha’s earmarks.

http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003353977

Flake Resolution Seeks Details on PMA Earmark Probe

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) offered a privileged resolution Tuesday that would require the House ethics committee to tell Congress how many witnesses it interviewed, how many subpoenas it issued and how many documents it reviewed in its investigation of earmarks Members provided to clients of the PMA Group lobbying firm.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/44033-1.html

Roll Call: Stench - Washington Post: Sleazy

There seems to be a disconnect between those who know the PMA scandal vs those who casually glance at the scandal. Most people in Northwest Ohio have glanced at the story, but if you go through and see when money is given and by who, then when those people get an earmark, there is a pattern and even with Marcy Kaptur. When this all started, someone who talks about news in the area dismissed it all as everyone is doing it. The facts can't be ignored regardless of the incorrect assumption that everyone is doing it; everyone is not doing it.

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.

Full Congressional Ethic's Committee report on Marcy Kaptur

While the PMA group is still being investigated by the FBI and while Marcy still has apparently funneled money in her campaign coffers, here is a copy of the Office of Congressional Ethics report on Marcy. There is some interesting stuff in here, like why Marcy wants to give taxpayer money to a company so they can build TVs here as well as who was not forthcoming on the interviews and what Marcy actually calls "earmarks" (sort of a PC way to make her feel good I guess). More on it another day, but you can read everything for yourself right now.
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You can also see a copy of the full report at:
http://greatopenswamp.com/20100301/office-congressional-ethics-report-pm...

Kaptur cleared of wrongdoing by ethics committee

The House of Representatives Ethics Committee has cleared 7 lawmakers, of wrongdoing in the PMA Scandal-including Kaptur. So, Congress clears their own saying there was no evidence of asking for votes. One has to wonder what questions they asked. It is too bad we citizens can't hold the same committee hearings that Congress puts others through and question them on this. This does not absolve Kaptur of all of the questionable donations she has received from what appears to be funneled to her campaign coffers from the PMA lobbyist Paul Magliochetti. This story is not done yet and you will get the complete story here, not speckled articles-as you all know and come to expect.

Probed lobbyist had stake in firms

Washington Times has the latest:

Superlobbyist Paul Magliocchetti, the focus of a federal criminal investigation, held an ownership interest in three small, privately held companies that his lobbying firm had helped obtain millions of federal tax dollars in congressional earmarks.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/15/probed-lobbyist-had-stak...

Marcy does not confirm to The Hill that she has or has not been referred by ethics committee

The Hill is reporting the latest on the PMA Scandal and the investigation of the Office of Congressional Ethics. It says three people being investigated will be referred. Marcy Kaptur has not been cleared yet and did not tell The Hill if she was cleared. Other members have in previous stories. It is odd that she has not said anything.
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The independent ethics office has referred three cases of alleged misconduct in the last three months to the full House ethics committee for further review.

Washington Times reports in-depth on the questionable PMA donations

I am including Marcy's name on the tag because some of these donors show up on her lists.
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A retired Florida couple would appear an unlikely source to have given $83,000 in campaign donations over a five-year period to members of Congress from all over the country.

Both in their 80s, they lived in a $118,000 Daytona Beach house they didn't own; they each voted only twice since 1992; and they seemed to lack the financial means to make the contributions.

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/dec/23/lobbyists-kin-unlikely-campa...

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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