Magliochetti singing to feds?

posted at 8:48 am on September 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

This breaking news yesterday afternoon didn’t get much attention when it first came out, but it may get a lot more attention soon.  Paul Magliochetti has agreed to change his plea to guilty on 11 felony counts connected to corruption in Congress.  Magliochetti, who turned his connections to the late John Murtha into a powerful lobbying presence, has decided to cooperate with prosecutors — and that may be very bad news for Democrats on Capitol Hill:

A former lobbyist has decided to plead guilty and cooperate in a Justice Department probeof campaign donations to members of Congress who directed hundreds of millions of dollars to defense contractors without competitive bidding.

A person outside the government who is familiar with the criminal investigation said Thursday that the once-prominent lobbyist, Paul Magliocchetti, will enter a plea on Sept. 24 in federal court in Alexandria, Va. …

In the Justice Department probe, a federal grand jury more than a year ago subpoenaed documents from the office of Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., from some of Visclosky’s employees and from the congressman’s campaign committees.

Magliocchetti pleaded not guilty to an 11-count indictment felony indictment on Aug. 20. He is charged with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal donations to scores of campaigns dating back to 2003 to enrich himself and increase his firm’s influence with public officials.

The AP verified their source’s account by checking the court docket.  An entry notes a “change of plea” hearing scheduled for a week from today for Magliochetti.  He was supposed to go on trial on October 5th, so Magliochetti apparently waited until almost the last moment to get the best deal he could.

That means that the feds have already learned enough from Magliochetti to make it worth their while to cut a deal.  Given the close connections that Magliochetti and PMA Group had with Democrats in the House, especially Murtha and Visclosky, it seems likely that the Department of Justice will be aiming at the Hill.  The FBI already have Visclosky’s documents from that May 2009 raid, and more subpoenas may be coming.

Keep an eye on this story.  Visclosky is running for re-election in Indiana’s 1st CD, a normally safe D+8 district that covers the northwestern corner of the state, including Gary.  Mark Leyva is challenging him, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start hitting Visclosky on this new development.


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Cookies Mom on September 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM

October Surprise!

singlemalt_18 on September 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM

I am curious if he will name any Republicans as well.

The Obama Justice Department would not have allowed a deal this close to an election if it were going to indict numerous Dems.

jeffn21 on September 17, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Not fair to pick on a dead man. /
Crickets from the drive by media. You watch.

Badger40 on September 17, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Yeah, but John Boehner once had lunch with a lobbyist!!111!!1

And he smokes too!

mankai on September 17, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Popcorn at the ready!

OldEnglish on September 17, 2010 at 8:54 AM

What’s to stop him from simply dumping everything on Murtha’s corpse to protect the rest of the still breathing vermin?

Sorry for harshing everybody’s mellow.

VelvetElvis on September 17, 2010 at 8:55 AM

I guess they meant “Summer of Corruption”.

JimK on September 17, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I am curious if he will name any Republicans as well.

jeffn21 on September 17, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Prediction: he’ll incriminate 10 Democrats and 1 Republican. The one R will be the lead in every MSM story about the scandal — if they cover it at all.

jwolf on September 17, 2010 at 8:57 AM

What’s to stop him from simply dumping everything on Murtha’s corpse to protect the rest of the still breathing vermin?

Sorry for harshing everybody’s mellow.

VelvetElvis on September 17, 2010 at 8:55 AM

I suspect that’s what is most likely going to happen. After all, Obama could have made them drop the whole thing just like he did with the Black Panther case.

Johnnyreb on September 17, 2010 at 8:57 AM

A former lobbyist has decided to plead guilty and cooperate in a Justice Department probeof campaign donations to members of Congress who directed hundreds of millions of dollars to defense contractors without competitive bidding.

Uhh… Won’t a plea bargain deal generate a lot less media coverage than a trial?

oldleprechaun on September 17, 2010 at 8:59 AM

September Suprise!

loudmouth883 on September 17, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Swamp.

Drain.

trapeze on September 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM

still breathing vermin?
VelvetElvis on September 17, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Like maybe Feinstein and her husband.

fourdeucer on September 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM

The corruption in Congress must be stopped and the guilty must be held accountable for all to see if we are to remain a free people. Gangsters-crooks (Soros types) can not be allowed to purchase our elected representatives as it compromises our entire system of governing.

How could it be possible for Sandy Berger to have walked free for the crimes he committed during a Republican run government if Republicans are not in on the deal?

Keemo on September 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Why would the Holder justice department pursue this right before the election? The dept is 100% political under Holder thus far. Their relationship with the law is a matter of inconvenience for them, and they actively thwart it when it favors the Democrats or harms the Republicans (or the American people).

I am looking for an angle here that favors the Democrats. Was Magliochetti tied up with any prominent Republicans?

IronDioPriest on September 17, 2010 at 9:02 AM

oops …

tarpon on September 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Not buying this. Didn’t you all hear Nancy Pelosi say this was the most ethical Congress evah?

/s

Red Cloud on September 17, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Maglio-who?

/MSM

KeepOhioRed on September 17, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Oh Nancy, you gots some ‘splainin to do . . .

BigAlSouth on September 17, 2010 at 9:07 AM

IronDioPriest on September 17, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Personally, I say drain the swamp… No doubt the guilty are on both sides of the fence. The establishment are going into protective mode, as we are witnessing with Rove and others on our side, and every one of the scum on the other side. Scum is scum, and they work against a free people.

Keemo on September 17, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Yummy.

Most ethical Congress evah!

Is it just me, or does there seem to be a partisan weighting to these recent ethical/criminal lapses? I’m surprised Holder didn’t find a way to plug this one up for a few years too.

GnuBreed on September 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM

You will know if Republicans are involved by the trial date.

Cindy Munford on September 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM

The former defense-appropriations chief in the House — who famously remarked, “If I’m a little corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district” — passed on in February. His successor, Rep. Mark Critz, gave Murtha an appropriate eulogy earlier this summer, slipping a $10 million earmark into the House version of next year’s defense funding bill to fund construction of a John P. Murtha Center for Public Service at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. If the earmark survives the snail’s-pace process of passing the bill during the current election season — and its prognosis is good — Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has pledged to match the cash with state money.

According to Critz’s explanation of the project, the 30,000 square-foot Center will primarily serve as a scholarly debating forum for policy issues and a repository for Murtha’s papers. But wait, you ask. How does the Murtha Center relate to the Department of Defense? Oh, it’ll inspire “students and the general public to become active in our communities, the military, and in public service.” See? Military applicability.

HT: Instapundit.

Dead and still corrupt.

By the way, PA does not have $10 million to spare.

Wethal on September 17, 2010 at 9:09 AM

How could it be possible for Sandy Berger to have walked free for the crimes he committed during a Republican run government if Republicans are not in on the deal?

Keemo on September 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM

This is a national OUTRAGE & if it had been you or I or a conservative, we’d have been roasted over the fire & jailed for a long time.
All of these people pulling hijinks like this should be prosecuted FULLY within the law, no matter what it takes.
Things like Berger, Vince Foster case, etc. should be dredged up again & I don’t care WHO’s involved, the media should be going after this like they did Watergate.
Why is there a double standard like this?
It’s bcs republicans HAVE to be in on it somehow.

Badger40 on September 17, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Wethal on September 17, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Didn’t know this. and not surprised.
This is disgusting.
Where are all the investigative reporters?!?!?

Badger40 on September 17, 2010 at 9:11 AM

BUSTED: Ohio Republican candidate John Kasich caught telling a true story in governor’s debate. He’ll be drummed out of the politicians’ union for that! (instapundit)

Pretty funny example by Glenn Reynolds….

Keemo on September 17, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Magliochetti, who turned his connections to the late John Murtha into a powerful lobbying presence, has decided to cooperate with prosecutors — and that may be very bad news for Democrats on Capitol Hill:

Does Ed mean very bad news or very very bad news….

With as much bad news these days for Dems, I’m having a hard time keeping it all straight.

ted c on September 17, 2010 at 9:13 AM

A former lobbyist has decided to plead guilty and cooperate in a Justice Department probeof campaign donations to members of Congress who directed hundreds of millions of dollars to defense contractors without competitive bidding.

I am sure the outraged “Cheney/Haliburton” liberals will be in the streets over this.

More democrats in the “pockets of lobbyist” funding the “war machine” with their “no bid” contracts……

Where are you code pink…answer….hollywood….self righteous liberals??????????

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2010 at 9:14 AM

The demorats may be the most corrupt gang of thugs in our history. The cesspool that has spawned Obama is obvious in the cold blooded way he deals with those who disagree with him. The czars he has appointed, without confirmation, have raped this country in ways never before seen. Obama hates everything this country stands for. He is taking redistribution of wealth on an international level with no regards for the American people. The fact that more Americans are under the poverty level under his guidance after record deficits proves it.

volsense on September 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Exactly my question.
I don’t understand the Justice Department. How can they just drop the Panther case and then let this one go?
My point really is that I do not believe they will pursue anything damaging to Democrats.
I also think they are a waste of space because it appears that “justice” is not at all what they are about.

ORconservative on September 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Democrats are SUPPOSED to be corrupt..so the media will largely yawn at this. But as some have noted, if just ONE Republican is named…THAT name will be Page-One above the fold!

Justrand on September 17, 2010 at 9:20 AM

We can’t stop corruption by passing still more laws, doing stings, or expecting self-policing through pitiful ethics committees. We stop corruption by making government small and weak. If a congressman can’t shut down or make a business with a flick of their little pinkie, there will be no reason to bribe them.

slickwillie2001 on September 17, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Dang! Have to start work. Too early for popcorn/gin breath.

katy the mean old lady on September 17, 2010 at 9:22 AM

to fund construction of a John P. Murtha Center for Public Service at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Wethal on September 17, 2010 at 9:09 AM

…Just Great……
Why not enhance this atrocity by putting a statue of Murtha in the front,clutching a handful of money, with the inscription:


“I want our cold blooded murdering Soldiers redeployed to Okinawa”…..

Baxter Greene on September 17, 2010 at 9:26 AM

The corruption in Congress must be stopped and the guilty must be held accountable for all to see if we are to remain a free people

The only way to do it is to reduce the size and scope of the federal government. As long as federal lawmakers continue to have basically unlimited power (and unlimited amounts of money to spend), people will continue to try and influence them — by any and all means available.

AZCoyote on September 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Tip of the iceberg.

mr.blacksheep on September 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM

I glad this has been exposed now, BEFORE he starts pointing to Dems, BECAUSE THEN this will be ordered by the O to be dropped, or the very least buried !

pambi on September 17, 2010 at 9:34 AM

What’s to stop him from simply dumping everything on Murtha’s corpse to protect the rest of the still breathing vermin?

Sorry for harshing everybody’s mellow.

VelvetElvis on September 17, 2010 at 8:55 AM

The U.S. attorney’s “bigger fish” instincts (dead ones aren’t indictable).

Barnestormer on September 17, 2010 at 9:36 AM

This must be pretty big for DOJ to go after Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind. within 90 days of an election, the unofficial cutoff for DOJ with public office candidates.

J_Crater on September 17, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Ed, isn’t Jim Moron (D-SEIU and AFSCME) in on this deal, also?

either orr on September 17, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Also, don’t expect any indictments until, say, November 4th.

either orr on September 17, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Nancy, er, the swamp’s still full!

chai on September 17, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Also, don’t expect any indictments until, say, November 4th.

either orr on September 17, 2010 at 9:40 AM

But the Congressional subpoena power appears likely to change hands in Jan., 2011, so we have that going for us, which is nice.

Barnestormer on September 17, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Nayn-cee!! There’s a hairball stuck in the drain!

I hope this guy is in hiding.

AubieJon on September 17, 2010 at 9:53 AM

ORconservative on September 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM

My thoughts too. The DOJ will treat this just like the Black Panther case. They go all brouhaha (sp) acting as if they are really lookin for justice and then just flat out drop it. There is no justice in the DOJ..

sicoit on September 17, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Murtha is dead. And this is Obama Justice department. I suspect this is going to die down.

antisocial on September 17, 2010 at 9:58 AM

October Surprise!

singlemalt_18 on September 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Yep!

cmsinaz on September 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Why would the Holder justice department pursue this right before the election? The dept is 100% political under Holder thus far. Their relationship with the law is a matter of inconvenience for them, and they actively thwart it when it favors the Democrats or harms the Republicans (or the American people).

I am looking for an angle here that favors the Democrats. Was Magliochetti tied up with any prominent Republicans?

IronDioPriest on September 17, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Maybe the order came down from on high to give Magli-whatever any plea deal he would take, after which the entire matter will be dropped. The key thing being to prevent a trial in the weeks before the election that is concerned only with Democrat corruption.

jarodea on September 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM

THIS must have been the BIG news Tim Kaine promised ’cause it’s bigger than the Circle D brand. Guess it was just a few days late.

tims472 on September 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Barnestormer on September 17, 2010 at 9:36 AM said:

The U.S. attorney’s “bigger fish” instincts (dead ones aren’t indictable).

They may not be indictable, but in some districts, they can still vote…

stoutcat on September 17, 2010 at 10:16 AM

The good news is all the evidence is hidden within Murthas’ body. So the Feds just have to exhume his corpse and rip into him like Sean Of The Dead.

Coronagold on September 17, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Sorry, I meant Shaun.

Coronagold on September 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM

‘Congress??? Never heard of it!!’- Charles Gibson
‘Congress?? I’ve been on vacation!!!’- Bob Schieffer

BigWyo on September 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Where are all the investigative reporters?!?!?

Badger40 on September 17, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Still sniffing through the dirty diapers in Sarah Palin’s garbage bins up in Wasilla, Alaska, this time hoping to get some dirt on Bristol and thereby confirm the family is just a bunch of fame-seeking inbred snowbillies with an IQ of 20 divided between them.

Seriously, the MSM has been in the pocket of the left for years. Expect them to either bury this, find the lone Republican involved and play him/her up, or make this out to be nothing more egregious than a mere traffic ticket. The MSM has become corrupted itself.

theotherone on September 17, 2010 at 10:51 AM

See, Rangel’s ethic’s complaint is raaaacist, they all do it.

Speakup on September 17, 2010 at 10:51 AM

How could it be possible for Sandy Berger to have walked free for the crimes he committed during a Republican run government if Republicans are not in on the deal?

Keemo on September 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Things like Berger, Vince Foster case, etc. should be dredged up again & I don’t care WHO’s involved, the media should be going after this like they did Watergate.
Why is there a double standard like this?
It’s bcs republicans HAVE to be in on it somehow.

Badger40 on September 17, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Do they? Sandy Berger was pardoned on Clinton’s last day in office. It was a decision made by the Executive branch of our government, based on a petition from Mr. Berger.

As for the Republican response, we have this gem:

GOP Leaders Call for Further Investigation of Sandy Berger’s Actions

Last week, GOP leaders called for a congressional investigation of the 2003 actions of former Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, who admittedly spirited classified documents from the National Archives and destroyed them just days before the 9/11 commission issued its final report.

According to an AP report, ten GOP leaders wrote a letter to the Government Reform Committee calling for the probe. The investigation would inquire into whether any of the documents were missing from the Clinton administration terrorism records, and will review security measures for classified documents. The GOP officials hope to acquire testimony from Berger.

In 2005, Berger, Clinton’s top national security official, pled guilty to charges of smuggling five documents, including a highly secret memorandum, out of the National Archives. Berger initially said he had removed the documents “by accident” and had “misplaced them.” He later admitted to stuffing the documents into his socks and pants and shredding them with scissors in his office. Berger served no jail time for this serious breach of national security. He paid a $50,000 fine.

That’s the Democrats rewriting history via a few snips of the scissors, I guess, with no Republican involvement at all.

unclesmrgol on September 17, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Hm. The Democrat’s Magliochetti downfall would be greater than Jack Abramoff’s ruin.

maverick muse on September 17, 2010 at 11:12 AM

When will Holder terminate the prosecution as he did with New Black Panthers?

burt on September 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Don’t be too sure about Holder burying this one, with Issa about to be breathing down his neck. Besides, consider that the CBC has had their sins paraded around, but none of the white dems who are connected to Magliochetti. What would be Holder’s opinion of that?

Anyway, I’m living on hope since the Looser Moran (yeah that’s what we call him at our house) is our congress critter.

perries on September 17, 2010 at 11:28 AM

This goes all the way to the WH. No one has explained where BHO money came from and there was lots of it. You don’t raise $5mil overnight from small internet contributions.

rjoco1 on September 17, 2010 at 11:39 AM

That’s the Democrats rewriting history via a few snips of the scissors, I guess, with no Republican involvement at all.

unclesmrgol on September 17, 2010 at 10:53 AM

The GOP is involved by not doing enough to keep this going.
Just like the impeachment of Clinton.
Nothing.
Cowards, all of them.

Badger40 on September 17, 2010 at 11:56 AM

With as much bad news these days for Dems, I’m having a hard time keeping it all straight.

ted c on September 17, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Seems like bad news for the Dems is taking the same arc as the deficit. Climbing…rapidly.

Extrafishy on September 17, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Of course, the next step is for the WH to seek a gag order concerning the case.

Can’t have the jury pool tainted. Or the voters.

BobMbx on September 17, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Pelosi “drained her swamp” and found the entire democrat party frollicking in the ooze at the bottom.

This goes all the way to the WH. No one has explained where BHO money came from and there was lots of it. You don’t raise $5mil overnight from small internet contributions.

rjoco1 on September 17, 2010 at 11:39 AM

It came from overseas voters with credit cards to Obowma’s campaign donation websites. Several conservatives donated small amounts using a few bogus names to verify this fraud using their own personal credit cards and each time the donation was accepted. The donation website removed the fraud security to gain excess donations from around the world.
Explains Obowma claiming: I’m a citizen of the world”…….and a scumbag, I might add.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/08/obamas_donor_contributions_sil.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/05/AR2008100502288.html

dthorny on September 17, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Murtha haunting the left from the grave is schadenfreudig.

Schadenfreude on September 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Have no fear…Holder will find some way to let this all get swept under the rug.

capejasmine on September 17, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Hey, I wonder what the MSM has to say about this?

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=Magliochetti&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbo=u&tbs=nws:1&source=og&sa=N&tab=wn&fp=4083005b5a3fdfc1

MSM?

MSM?

<crickets>

Chris of Rights on September 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM