Paul Magliocchetti, the founder of the infamous PMA Group, pleaded guilty on Friday to illegally giving more than $386,250 in campaign contributions to three House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee members who secured $137 million in contracts for his clients. Among those members involved in his pay-to-play scheme is none other than Jim Moran.
RetireJimMoran.com has covered this scandal extensively, with this first article in May and this update in August. We have exposed how Moran has received $177,700 from PMA Group, including $2,000 from Magliocchetti himself, since 1989.
RetireJimMoran.com hereby calls on Jim Moran to donate the $177,700 in tainted money to charity.
Moran has been involved in pay-to-play schemes for a long time. His corruption is finally coming to light, and it’s time the voters of the 8th District stand up and say enough is enough.
If Jim Moran has any integrity left he will donate this dirty money, and it’s up to the people of the 8th District to stand up to corruption.
Call Jim Moran at 202-225-4376 (D.C. office) or 703-971-4700 (district office) and tell him to stop the games.
See the following press release from RetireJimMoran.com issued today:
8th District Republican Committee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2010
Contact: Mike Ginsberg, 703-850-5017
Top Moran Donor Pleads Guilty to Campaign Finance Violations
PMA Group, Whose Founder, Paul Magliocchetti, Pled Guilty on Friday, Gave Over $92,000 in Donations to Moran in Exchange for Earmarks
ARLINGTON, VA – In response to PMA Group founder Paul Magliocchetti’s pleading guilty to charges of campaign finance fraud on Friday, the 8th District Republican Committee and the website RetireJimMoran.com are calling on Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) to return or donate to charity the $177,700 he has received from PMA Group since 1989.
According to OpenSecrets.org, PMA Group has been Moran’s top donor since his first run for Congress in 1989. PMA Group donated almost $100,000 to Moran during the 2006 and 2008 election cycles alone.
PMA Group abruptly closed its doors in March 2009 after its offices were raided by the FBI in November 2008 as part of an investigation into its “pay-to-play” schemes. The lobbying group was believed to be exchanging campaign contributions for earmarks or government contracts. They had extensive ties to several members of the House Appropriations Committee, including Moran and the late Rep. John Murtha (D-PA).
According to FEC records, Magliocchetti, a former senior staffer of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on which Moran serves, personally donated $2,000 to Moran in 2006.
“This is dirty money, and another blow to Nancy Pelosi’s promise of an ethical, transparent Congress,” said Mike Ginsberg, chairman of the 8th District Republican Committee, which owns the RetireJimMoran.com website. “Rather than provide favors and earmarks to the folks that donate to his campaigns, Jim Moran should do the right thing and donate this money to a worthy charity in the 8th District.”
RetireJimMoran.com has covered the scandal extensively on its site, highlighting how PMA employees and clients donated a total of over $90,000 to Moran’s brother, Brian Moran, who ran for the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia in 2009, losing in the primary to state Sen. Creigh Deeds.
“Congressman Moran needs to come clean about his pay-to-play schemes,” said Ginsberg. In just the first quarter of 2010, Moran received $38,500 in campaign contributions from executives, lobbyists, and PACs of companies for which he has obtained earmarks totaling over $26 million. “Voters of the 8th District deserve a representative in Congress representing the people of the District, not national lobbyists seeking personal enrichment from federal earmarks,” said Ginsberg.
FACTS AND FIGURES REGARDING REP. JIM MORAN AND PMA GROUP
JIM MORAN’S EARMARKS TO PMA GROUP CLIENTS
Recipient Lobbying Firm Project $ Amount Prologic PMA Group MEDSTARS $1,600,000 ArgonST PMA Group In-Port Video System $1,600,000.00 MobilVox PMA Group JEOD Diver System $1,000,000 Samueli Institute PMA Group CRIMM $1,000,000 Artis LLC PMA Group Optinet Sensor System $800,000 ManTech International PMA Group Open-Architecture System $2,400,000 General Dynamics PMA Group Protector-Dacs $2,400,000 $10,800,000
Campaign Contributions from PMA Group to Jim Moran
- In November 2008, the FBI raids the offices of the PMA Group, a lobbying firm headed up by Paul Magliocchetti and Melissa Koloszar, Rep. Moran’s former Chief of Staff. (Roxana Tiron, “Top Lobbying Shop Breaks Up”. The Hill 2/10/09).
- The lobbying firm PMA Group Inc. has given Rep. Moran $92,000 over the last two election cycles. In return, Moran has rewarded the PMA clients with earmarks of over $10.8 million.
- After hearing that the FBI had raided PMA headquarters, Rep. Moran went on the record to defend the firm’s president, Paul Magliocchetti. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), whose Alexandria-based district is home to many of the contractors who received earmarks while being represented by PMA, defended Murtha’s earmarks and PMA yesterday. PMA was Moran’s top donor in the last election cycle, giving $37,500. “Paul Magliocchetti is probably the most professional of all representatives of small defense firms,” he said, noting that Magliocchetti sought Pentagon approval for his projects and that Moran never regretted supporting them. “They all knew that if they weren’t doing good work, they weren’t going to get the money.” (Carol Leonnig and Paul Kane, “Raided Firms Have Murtha Ties,” The Washington Post. 2/11/09)