More bad news for the Democrats as the mid-term elections draw near.
A major Democratic lobbyist and fund-raiser was arrested Thursday and indicted on charges of making hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal campaign contributions to members of Congress.
The 11-count indictment by the Department of Justice against Paul Magliocchetti, the founder of the now-defunct lobbying outfit PMA Group, brings for Democrats new and unwelcome attention to continuing ethics controversies ensnaring some of the party’s lawmakers.
From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Magliocchetti and his lobbying firm successfully steered millions of government dollars to clients by relying on close relationships with members of the House Appropriations Committee—mostly Democrats and particularly the late Rep. John Murtha (D., Pa.).
House ethics investigators had conducted a probe into Mr. Magliocchetti’s ties to House lawmakers on the defense-spending panel, which was headed by Mr. Murtha. Investigators recommended the full ethics panel start a probe of ties between Mr. Magliocchetti’s firm and Reps. Peter Visclosky (D., Ind.) and Todd Tiahrt (R., Kan.). Keep reading at SOURCE