, that other high-profile (alleged) briber of Duke Cunningham, got hit
with a $1 million fine from the Federal Election Commission, what the commission calls "the second largest penalty ever paid in the 32-year history of the FEC."Update
: We neglected to mention that the settlement was a result of a complaint from watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
The fine is for reimbursing employees at his firm MZM for $78,000 in contributions they made to Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) and ex-Rep. Katharine Harris (R-FL). Another MZM exec, Richard Berglund
, got hit with a $42,000 fine. Both of them have already pled guilty
to criminal charges for the scheme. Berglund was sentenced earlier this year to a year of probation and $5,000 in fines. Wade continues to cooperate with the government in its ongoing investigation of his bribery activities, recently testifying
against fellow contractor Brent Wilkes at his trial.
Although Jim King, formerly an aide to Michael Hayden when the CIA chief ran the National Security Agency, was also under investigation
by the FEC for his contributions
at MZM, the FEC did not to fine him.
The FEC makes a point of saying that it uncovered no evidence that either Goode or Harris knew about the scheme. Wade wooed both of them in order to get earmarks for MZM facilities. In both cases, he was successful -- only Harris bungled the job and failed to land the $10 million she was seeking. Goode requested a total of $9 million for the Foreign Supplier Assessment Center in his Virginia district, which MZM was hired to run. Unfortunately, the center folded
after Wade pled guilty, sticking the town, Martinsville, with the bill.