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Indictment gives ammo to Allen Boyd foe



Yesterday's indictment of a Washington lobbyist has given the Democratic primary opponent of Congressman Allen Boyd a fresh line of attack. "Congressman Boyd tied to criminal investigation of campaign finance fraud," reads a news release from the Al Lawson campaign.

Paul Magliocchetti, once a powerhouse defense contractor lobbyist, was indicted for making illegal campaign contributions. Boyd, a member of the defense appropriations subcommittee, received $143,000 in campaign contributions from Magliocchetti and his defunct lobbying firm, PMA Group.

Lawson, from Tallahassee, has demanded Boyd give the money to charity and explain what he knew about Magliocchetti's alleged pay-to-play scheme. “This criminal indictment is exactly the type of bad behavior that has corrupted Washington and caused Congress to come to a complete standstill," Lawson said.

Another Florida lawmaker has also been tied to Magliocchetti, Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores.

Young has gotten $460,000 from the PMA Group and its clients over the years. But Young says that figure is distorted since it includes companies for which PMA did specific work, but Young was not involved with that aspect of the companies.

Young was pulled into investigations into Magliocchetti but has been cleared. An analysis by Taxpayers for Common Sense found Young secured 9 earmarks for PMA clients in 2008 worth $20.4 million, and f5 earmaks in 2009 worth $14 million. 

Here's an interesting nugget from yesterday's indictment: Magliocchetti used acquaintances in Florida to make campaign contributions as if they were members of his firm.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:17am]


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