Former Appropriations Aide-Turned-Lobbyist Indicted

Posted August 5, 2010 at 12:36pm

Paul Magliocchetti, founder of the now-defunct lobby shop the PMA Group, has been indicted for illegal campaign contributions and making false statements.

Magliocchetti was indicted in the Eastern district of Virginia on eight counts Thursday of making illegal campaign contributions and three counts of making false statements.

Magliocchetti’s firm was shuttered in 2009, following a federal investigation into possible ties between PMA and the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) as well as Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.) and other House appropriators.

Magliocchetti had a once-vast appropriations empire. A former House Appropriations Committee staffer, he opened his firm in 1998. The last of his lobby shop’s contracts were terminated in April 2009, about six months after federal investigators raided his Virginia offices.