WaPo: Strawman donors from Murtha-linked lobbyists exposed

posted at 6:45 pm on February 13, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like John Murtha’s favorite lobbyist is headed for serious legal problems.  The Washington Post has found several strawman donors in PMA’s bundling operations, although at the moment, none of them lead to Murtha himself — yet:

Marvin Hoffman is listed in campaign finance records as one of the many lobbyists with the powerful PMA Group donating money to lawmakers. But Hoffman is actually a soon-to-retire information technology manager in Marina Del Rey, who has never heard of the Arlington lobbying firm or the Indiana congressman to whom he supposedly gave $2,000.

“It’s alarming that someone is stealing my identity somewhere,” Hoffman, 75, said in an interview. “I’ve never heard of this company.”

Another contributor listed as a PMA lobbyist is, in fact, a sales manager for an inflatable boat manufacturer in New Jersey. John Hendricksen said he did make some campaign donations, but never worked at PMA and doesn’t know how he ended up listed in records that way.

These errors, along with a series of other unusual donations linked to the firm, come as the Justice Department examines allegations that PMA may have violated campaign finance laws. The offices of PMA — which ranked last year as the tenth biggest-earning lobby firm in Washington — were raided in November by FBI agents and Department of Defense investigators. Federal investigators are focused on allegations that PMA founder Paul Magliocchetti, a former appropriations staffer close to Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), may have reimbursed some of his staff to cover contributions made in their names to Murtha and other lawmakers, according to two sources familiar with the investigation. PMA has long had a reputation for securing earmarks from congressional appropriators, particularly for defense contractors, and it has donated generously to influential members of Congress. Paul Magliocchetti personally gave $98,000 in campaign donations last year, according to campaign records.

This appears to be the first confirmation that PMA has involvement in concrete violations of campaign law.  It also may explain why PMA’s employees have begun fleeing the firm.  The Hoffman case would be enough to interest prosecutors, as no innocent explanation could cover how PMA would identify him as a lobbyist and a contributor.  Someone wanted to hide a $2000 contribution, presumably to Pete Visclosky (D-IN), who was connected to PMA.

And if they wanted to hide the contribution, one has to wonder what PMA expected to get out of it, and any other strawman contributions.  Certainly the Justice Department will want to know that.


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Psst…(whispering)…..hey WaPo….there may have been some shady contributions to Obama’s campaign also…..

aquaviva on February 13, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Is Doodad Pro anywhere on the list?

MayBee on February 13, 2009 at 6:51 PM

No problem there. The Harpy Harridan and AG Eric ‘the Water Carrier’ Holder will ensure no trial comes within two time zones of corrupt John ‘the Only Ever Ex-Marine’ Murtha.

Maybe 2010, but I doubt it.

SeniorD on February 13, 2009 at 6:52 PM

they need to trace at least one dime of this going to Murtha, or even better get at least one witness who can testify that to do business required an “understanding” with him.

rob verdi on February 13, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Wasn’t Murtha’s webpage also optimized for fraudulent donations? Why go through the trouble of creating strawmen. Random keystrokes and repeated sub $200 donations from gift cards would have been sufficient.

rw on February 13, 2009 at 6:52 PM

aquaviva,
are you insinuating……

rob verdi on February 13, 2009 at 6:53 PM

All I know you are haters and do not respect Sullivan’s authority!

John Murtha is for Obama, Obama is our great hope and can do no wrong, hence if you oppose Murtha you must be evil Republican hypocrite Christianist!

Mr. Joe on February 13, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Chirp

artist on February 13, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Woohoo! Visclosky’s my representative! We’re famous! And Elkhart’s right down the road. I better put some pants on.

token on February 13, 2009 at 7:04 PM

… none of them lead to Murtha himself — yet…

Not a problem. We’ll just assume he’s guilty using the Jack Murtha standard of proof. Just go on Chris Matthews’ show half cocked yelling, “Well, I’ll tell you exactly what happened,” and accuse him of whatever you want.

SteakRules on February 13, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Obviously, this is a business that would benefit from the stimulus package.

malclave on February 13, 2009 at 7:07 PM

John Murtha is for Obama, Obama is our great hope and can do no wrong, hence if you oppose Murtha you must be evil Republican hypocrite Christianist!

Mr. Joe on February 13, 2009 at 7:02 PM

You forgot racist.

But wait, I’m confused… western Pennsylvania is full of racists, and they keep reelecting Murtha and they voted for Obama…

Please excuse me while I have a Star Trek android moment.

malclave on February 13, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Let’s not be excited if the WaPo is conducting an ongoing investigation against John Murtha. Murtha might be the sacrificial lamb for the Dems.

Everyone agrees Murtha is a buffoon. IIRC he’s supposed to retire after this term or next.

Ergo, he’s expendable.

So, here’s a chance for the WaPo to burnish its nonpartisan credentials AND STILL minimize harm to the Dem cause. They spend all their energy bringing down Murtha. Big deal.

Meanwhile, Pelosi and Emmanuel and Rangel skate away, unmolested by the crack investigative journalists of the WaPo

smagar on February 13, 2009 at 7:34 PM

OOoooo, That Smell.

hillbillyjim on February 13, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Chris Dodd
Charlie Rangel
Jack Murtha
Tom Daschle
Tim Geithner
That chick who was supposed to be Chief Performance Officer
Elliot Spitzer
Blago!
Bill Richardson.

Who all am I forgetting?

Republican Party needs to get ads out on these.

rbj on February 13, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Chris Dodd
Charlie Rangel
Jack Murtha
Tom Daschle
Tim Geithner
That chick who was supposed to be Chief Performance Officer
Elliot Spitzer
Blago!
Bill Richardson.

Who all am I forgetting?

Republican Party needs to get ads out on these.

rbj on February 13, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Roll call!

hillbillyjim on February 13, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Who all am I forgetting?

Republican Party needs to get ads out on these.

rbj on February 13, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Cold Cash Jefferson
Byron Dorgan (friend of Angelo like Dodd)

Wethal on February 13, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Murtha, I hope they get you for all you’re wortha.

TheSitRep on February 13, 2009 at 8:21 PM

And they just keep re-electing this worm, shameful. A pox on all of their homes. On a lighter note I have taught both of my male bloodhounds to urinate on every oblahma/obiden sign we encounter on our sniffawalks through the hood. The 9 month old female bloodhound puppy just dumps in front of them due to a lack of external plumbing. Crap’n’change we can believe in indeed!

GlocknRoll on February 13, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Are we certain that the Marvin Hoffman listed as a contributor is the same Marvin Hoffman of Marina Del Rey? I sure hope so.

burt on February 13, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Murtha, I hope they get you for all you’re wortha.

TheSitRep on February 13, 2009 at 8:21 PM

If you think that I’m a jokin’
You betta check what youra smokin’.

To your uniform you’re a true disgrace;
I hope it bites you in the face.

What rhymes with dickless bastard?

hillbillyjim on February 13, 2009 at 8:29 PM

malclave on February 13, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Greedy racists?

OldEnglish on February 13, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Murtha is a crook. Simply put. I’ve written about it on HA many times and from personal experience. I can’t understand why he keeps getting re-elected.

Claypigeon on February 13, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Keep moving – nothing to see here.

Fuquay Steve on February 13, 2009 at 10:12 PM

How much did Doodad Pro contribute? How about John Galt?

Jim62sch on February 13, 2009 at 11:46 PM

Jean-Paul Sartre stated ‘man is condemned to be douchey because once thrown into the world he is responsible for every douchey thing that he does.’

On this sad day note that some justice was done. H/T to Patterico.

Mr. Joe on February 14, 2009 at 12:41 AM

aquaviva & Mr. Joe

Mike Huckabee appeared on the Hannity show Friday night and ripped The One quite vociferously for a lack of honesty and some reckless behavior. He flat out said that the Dear Leader was dishonest , adding that it was something he would not have said a month ago. If you made the Huck that angry in a month, what are you going to do when the rest of the country starts paying attention?

IlikedAUH2O on February 14, 2009 at 4:10 AM

Reagan vs. Obama in their own words.

Mr. Joe on February 14, 2009 at 9:47 AM

dunno

anniekc on February 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM

dunno

dunno

anniekc on February 15, 2009 at 11:16 AM

dunno

anniekc on February 15, 2009 at 11:17 AM

dunno

hmmmm

anniekc on February 15, 2009 at 11:19 AM