Magliocchetti used straw donors to funnel $386,250 to members of Congress
By Chuck Neubauer
September 25, 2010
Superlobbyist Paul Magliocchetti, who specialized in getting defense earmarks for his clients, pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges of making hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to members of Congress.
Magliocchetti admitted using straw donors — friends, lobbyists and family members, including his aged in-laws — to funnel $386,250 in illegal contributions to favored members of Congress including key members of the House appropriations defense subcommittee who provided hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks for the clients of his now defunct Arlington lobbying firm, The PMA Group.
And while watchdog groups had hoped Magliocchetti would use his insider’s knowledge to help federal prosecutors investigate Congress and earmarks, his plea agreement makes no mention of him cooperating in other probes…
Magliocchetti was a major fundraiser for three powerful Democratic members of the defense subcommittee — the late John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, James P. Moran of Virginia and Peter J. Visclosky of Indiana — who had repeatedly helped him and his clients.
Lobbying clearly paid off for Magliocchetti, according to public records. He took a $1 million PMA salary, lived in a $2 million Florida home, and bought several other Florida condos. He also had a $975,000 condo in Arlington and a home in Fairfax County.
In their divorce, his first wife, Nancy Magliocchetti, said the contents of their wine cellar was worth $350,000…
any one surprised?