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DearAbby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 01:06 PM
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Lobbyist gets 27 months for violating campaign finance laws
A former high-powered Washington lobbyist was sentenced Friday to 27 months in prison for carrying out what prosecutors called one of the largest schemes in U.S. history to violate federal campaign finance laws.

Paul J. Magliocchetti, 65, founder and owner of the now-closed PMA Group, admitted that he illegally funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions over several years. The defense industry lobbyist asked family members, friends and employees to make the contributions, then reimbursed them.

Federal prosecutors in Virginia said Magliocchetti was driven by greed. In court papers, they said the scheme "strikes at the core of our country's democracy."

More:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/07/AR2011010706220.html

Article dated 1/08/11

May have been posted, but so much is happening crap slips by...
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 01:10 PM
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1. Outlaw lobbing by businesses.
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DearAbby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 01:14 PM
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2. It would be nice to see what politicians benefited from this. n/t
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 01:17 PM
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3. Whew! The Republic is safe again.
So they only caught ONE GUY? Did it ever occur to these Virginia prosecutors that this guy may not be the only one doing this?
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 01:20 PM
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5. It's a start.
Hopefully.
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Marblehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 01:19 PM
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4. shut down k street
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