PMA lobbyist pleads guilty

By Aaron Mehta

Paul Magliocchetti, a former lobbyist and key figure in the Center for Public Integrity’s The Murtha Method investigation, pled guilty on Fr

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… of them had never directly lobbied his office. …"

"… agency. From 2005 to 2008, he used members of his family, friends, and PMA lobbyists to make unlawful campaign contributions.As The Murtha Method detailed, Mu …"

"… MA Group. When asked about the four former staffers who have registered as lobbyists for firms receiving earmarks from Young, his spokesman told the Center th …"

Earmarks lobbyist indicted for illegal campaign contribution scheme

By Nick Schwellenbach

A master pay-to-play defense lobbyist in the center of a controversial web of Capitol Hill relationships highlighted by the Center for Publi

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… tha Method” investigation last fall, named after Democrat John Murtha of Pennsylvania, the late chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Befor …"

House ethics office asks for DoJ probe of earmarks

By Nick Schwellenbach

The House Office of Congressional Ethics has asked the Justice Department to probe the relationship between campaign contributions and earma

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… y lawmakers and the revolving door of former congressional staffers-turned-lobbyists.The ethics office’s February report illustrated how these connections a …"

"… ated how these connections are viewed by members of Congress, their staff, lobbyists, and corporate executives. It found that “certain persons and companies …"

"… For example, Gabrielle Carruth, a former staffer for Murtha who became a lobbyist for Argon ST Inc. in 2008, seemed to view campaign contributions as an awa …"

"… D-Pa. (Photo courtesy Northeastern University Alumni Magazine)As an Argon lobbyist, Carruth sent a Sept. 19, 2008, e-mail to Argon’s Jay Grove, congratulat …"

House ethics panel clears 'Murtha Method' representatives

By Nick Schwellenbach

The House ethics committee ended its investigation of the last two defense appropriators remaining in its crosshairs, according to a report

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… .In support of this interpretation, the ethics committee pointed to a 1991 U.S. Supreme Court decision. Authored by Justice Byron White, the court said that if official …"

Ethics investigation continues for two 'Murtha Method' Congressmen

By Nick Schwellenbach

The House ethics committee has announced it is extending a review of two Congressmen that were among the subjects of "The Murtha Method," an

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… s of "The Murtha Method," an investigation published last September by the Center for Public Integrity.The House panel’s extended inquiry is focusing on Democrat Pete Visclosk …"

Leaked document reveals six “Murtha Method” Reps. under investigation

By Nick Schwellenbach

Seven members of a powerful subcommittee that was the subject of a recent Center investigation are now being scrutinized by the House ethics

Excerpts from this story referencing "Todd Tiahrt":

"… ), James Moran (D-Va.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) are being scrutinized by ethics investigators from the House ethi …"

A ‘Murtha Method’ encore

By Nick Schwellenbach

A review of the 2010 defense appropriations process reveals that most members of a key House of Representatives panel continue to engage in

Excerpts from this story referencing "critic":

"… ks that he sponsored.A spokesman for Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake, a critic of earmarks, said Flake hopes that as a result of the PMA investigation, t …"

"… year, the resilience of earmarks involving these circles of relationships, critics say, is a testament to the benefits gained for the many parties involved: …"

PMA Group ‘excel’s at access to Murtha, document shows

By Nick Schwellenbach

It’s the end of an era for Paul Magliocchetti and his lobbying shop, the PMA Group. After 20 years of existence, the firm is closing down ne

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"… It’s the end of an era for Paul Magliocchetti and his lobbying shop, the PMA Group. After 20 years of existence, the firm is closing down next week in the wa …"

"… obtained by PaperTrail appears to show the degree of coziness between the PMA Group and the House defense appropriations subcommittee — it seems that PMA’ …"

"… r file’s history — say the document was created by “ken” of “The PMA Group” on July 23, 2007, though that does not necessarily imply that PMA engin …"

"… fore most people in Congress had it?”Patrick Dorton, a spokesman for the PMA Group and Magliocchetti, said the document was not proof that PMA had unusual ac …"

The Pentagon's stealth rainmaker

By Alex Knott

How revolving doors and large donations allow a defense lobbying firm to dominate

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"… rior employment with some branch of the armed forces or with the House and Senate.PMA's lobbyists have connections to decision makers at almost every stage …"

"… s offices, where at least 11 PMA lobbyists used to work. The House and the Senate, where 14 PMA employees used to work, vote on bills authorizing the amount …"

"… ction Committee. The PMA PAC has given more than $975,000 to 340 House and Senate lawmakers.In addition to these donations, the PMA employees that have regi …"

"… ons and many of the largest donations went to members of the House and the Senate who serve on key committees such as Appropriations. …"

The Murtha Method

By The Center for Public Integrity

For months, a cloud has swirled around Congressman John Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee,

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Criminal Investigative Service":

"… Defense contractors close to Murtha have also been raided by the FBI, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the IRS. Some of Congressman Visclosky’s records were subpoenaed in …"

Tracking lobbying giant PMA’s former clients

By Nick Schwellenbach

To say that Washington is a town built on relationships is an understatement. A recent example: In the wake of the embattled lobbying firm P