This is in the nationaljournal.com in the story titled "Most Lawmakers Keeping Questionable PMA Contributions":
A spokesman for Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, another member of the Defense Appropriations panel, said "her campaign's decision will hinge on how the story unfolds because we really don't know very much right now." PMA Group was Kaptur's single-largest donor, giving $26,500 in her most recent race.
Ohio representative Tim Ryan says:
Actually it is interesting this is a story, with everything else going on...but still it is a 21st century issue that elections must deal with. Why Keith would let the domain expire does not make sense. You should plan to keep your domain for at least 4-5 years after you stop using it because people may snap it up. Normally spammers do and sometimes what they will put up is worse than paying to keep it for 4-5 years. Doing something like this prevents any questions and image problems you may face when someone notices the site.
A proud Toledo company is having financial trouble and may soon be de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange.
Libbey Inc. (NYSE: LBY) announced today that the New York Stock Exchange notified the Company on February 17, 2009, that it has fallen below the NYSE's continued listing standard relating to the Company's total market capitalization and its stockholders' equity. The NYSE requires that the average market capitalization of a listed company be not less than $75 million over a consecutive 30 trading-day period and that stockholders' equity be not less than $75 million.
I was alerted to this story by reading Glass City Jungle, so I went to the Blade article and read the details. Back in March, I speculated Jon may be ruining his trust by recording conversations and posting them on YouTube. Well it now appears that he just may have destroyed any chance on talking with anyone on the phone and basically anywhere. This is bad for a party chair who lives and dies by the phone.
I listened to the NPR segment on the PMA Group online this evening and one of the things it mentioned was:
Among the PMA donors were two of the company's board members, who are friends of Magliocchetti from Florida, where he has a beach condo. In campaign reports, contributions from the two Floridians often appear to be coordinated — same day, same dollar amount, same recipient.
That could suggest PMA was making the contributions in their names, which would be illegal.
Please bear with me, since this is breaking news, I will be posting quite a bit about the scandal as different angles appear or something noteworthy shows up.
The Hill is reporting another donor, Jon Walker, never existed or at least did not work for the company reported.
Unlike the donor in the Washington Post article, this donor has given to Marcy Kaptur.
From The Hill:
List of stories of interest on the PMA scandal:
Lobbying Firm's Ties To Democrats Under Scrutiny -really good
The next lobbying scandal
Firm with Murtha Ties Got Earmarks From Nearly One-Fourth of House (CQ Politics)
PMA Group Shuttering Its Lobbying Practice
I was near the airport for lunch today and looked up to see a Northwest 747 flying overhead - headed for a landing. I looked on "Flightaware" because I thought they were only landing them on the weekends, and it said it was a flight from Tokyo, Japan.
I am curious if anyone knows anything about this?
The person at the center of the PMA scandal, Paul Magliocchetti, is accused of funneling money to candidates sometimes through fictitious names. It is clear he tried to pump money to candidates through different means. Lets look at some examples of questionable behavior on Marcy's campaign.
Marcy was #19 out of #20 top recipients of PMA money, of course this is the money where the donors wrote down PMA as an employer.
Stacy Jurich is driving her 1981 Mercedes across America using waste vegetable oil as fuel.
The 23-year-old started her journey in Toledo, Ohio where she runs a non-profit organization called “Toledo Choose Local,“ which promotes residents using local businesses. She’s traveling for the next 3 months to promote alternative energy and breaking America’s dependence on foreign oil.
The campaign finance scandal that Marcy Kaptur is involved with to the tune of 40k, is now causing some Democrats to return money. Today in the Hill is reporting some questionable behavior by the donor, the same donor that gave Marcy campaign contributions this past year. **On a side note, this story is a gut check for the Toledo Blade. For a newspaper who made a point about campaign finance scandals, this one involves Marcy and now they have cold feet. If they were to follow the path they so proudly highlight, will they apply it to Ms. Kaptur? Will they treat her with kid gloves?
Is Marcy changing her tune?
“I have been shocked, shocked with the number of citizens in our district who don’t get legal help,” Kaptur said.
Many people appear to be ashamed of what’s happened, she said. She said she tells people, “Don’t be afraid. Get a lawyer.”
Moody Criticizes Mayor's Budget Proposal
Offers Economic Recovery Solution
TOLEDO, OH- Jim Moody will be unveiling his economic recovery plan this Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at his campaign headquarters located at 5166 Monroe Street, Toledo. Moody will be offering specific solutions to the economic recovery of Toledo and Northwest Ohio. Included in his remarks will be his plan to raise $100 million dollars for infrastructure repairs and economic development.
Moody will also be offering specific solutions in response to the recent mayoral budget proposals.
From NBC 24: Another example of the large list of capital improvements that need tending to. These neighbors just want their basements to stop flooding. How long will it take for it to get done? Has not been done for 8 years in this neighborhood.
TOLEDO, OHIO -- Residents on Capistrano in Toledo’s West Side are tired of their basements flooding every time it rains. So, one resident went door-to-door getting the names and addresses of more than thirty people who received flooding in a three-block radius of his home on Capistrano.
Toledo, Ohio. Paul Tetuan, who has been a Toledo police officer since 1994, and who announced his candidacy for the 2009 Toledo City Council race in May 2008, presents his views on the size and performance of the current City Council.
Another star, Bob Bochi of Oregon, blames sheriff for not telling them the ice was not safe:
If Sheriff Bob was so intelligent, why did he not place sheriff's deputies at the points of entry to warn people that he knew the ice was going to shift that day.
If you did not see the Michael Miller story on Take Back Toledo, take a look at it:
Brian Wilson responds with his own call to arms:
Another article on the Fairness Doctrine? Is this area trying to be ground zero for the debate? All one has to ask is if this is such a threat, then how did the Democrats take power? It makes no sense, but look at those proposing it and maybe you can understand why. There is another article in the Blade today about the issue and one wonders why this is the case, especially since the article admits it most likely won't get any attention.
More is being reported on Marcy Kaptur's largest donor last year, the lobbyist group PMA. There are some very shady campaign finance/lobbying reporting going on as reported by the Washington Post. This is potentially could be as big as Tom Noe or Jack Abramoff and you know how many people they brought down in 06. Has the Blade run any reports on this? I may have missed it.