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Report: PMA Lobbyist To Plead Guilty

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Before it closed last year, PMA was one of D.C.'s biggest lobbying firms and was at the center of a scandal over campaign donations to congressmen who directed hundreds of millions of dollars to defense contractors via no-bid contracts.

The scandal had the potential to take down at least seven Democratic lawmakers -- including the late Rep. John Murtha, who chaired the defense appropriations subcommittee -- but all were cleared by the House ethics committee last year and the indictment last month did not implicate any lawmakers.

But a federal grand jury subpoenaed documents from the office of Rep. Pete Visclosky, (D-Ind.) and some of his employees and his campaign committees more than a year ago, the AP said.

One of the reason Magliocchetti may be inclined to cooperate: his son would have likely testified against him, the AP reported:

The person familiar with the probe, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to be able to speak more freely, said a combination of circumstances led Magliocchetti to decide to enter a guilty plea. One was that a son, Mark Magliocchetti, pleaded guilty in the same investigation and likely would have become a witness against his father at a trial. Also, many of the donations were allegedly passed through members of Paul Magliocchetti's extended family, which would have meant that they, too, would have been in a position to testify against him.