Jim Moran: It’s time to come clean

Paul Magliocchetti, the founder of the infamous PMA Group, pleaded guilty on Friday to illegally giving more than $386,250 in campaign contributions to three House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee members who secured $137 million in contracts for his clients. Among those members involved in his pay-to-play scheme is none other than Jim Moran.

RetireJimMoran.com has covered this scandal extensively, with this first article in May and this update in August. We have exposed how Moran has received $177,700 from PMA Group, including $2,000 from Magliocchetti himself, since 1989.

RetireJimMoran.com hereby calls on Jim Moran to donate the $177,700 in tainted money to charity.

Moran has been involved in pay-to-play schemes for a long time. His corruption is finally coming to light, and it’s time the voters of the 8th District stand up and say enough is enough.

If Jim Moran has any integrity left he will donate this dirty money, and it’s up to the people of the 8th District to stand up to corruption.

Call Jim Moran at 202-225-4376 (D.C. office) or 703-971-4700 (district office) and tell him to stop the games.

See the following press release from RetireJimMoran.com issued today:


8th District Republican Committee

September 27, 2010
Contact: Mike Ginsberg, 703-850-5017


Top Moran Donor Pleads Guilty to Campaign Finance Violations

PMA Group, Whose Founder, Paul Magliocchetti, Pled Guilty on Friday, Gave Over $92,000 in Donations to Moran in Exchange for Earmarks

ARLINGTON, VA – In response to PMA Group founder Paul Magliocchetti’s pleading guilty to charges of campaign finance fraud on Friday, the 8th District Republican Committee and the website RetireJimMoran.com are calling on Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) to return or donate to charity the $177,700 he has received from PMA Group since 1989.

According to OpenSecrets.org, PMA Group has been Moran’s top donor since his first run for Congress in 1989. PMA Group donated almost $100,000 to Moran during the 2006 and 2008 election cycles alone.

PMA Group abruptly closed its doors in March 2009 after its offices were raided by the FBI in November 2008 as part of an investigation into its “pay-to-play” schemes. The lobbying group was believed to be exchanging campaign contributions for earmarks or government contracts.  They had extensive ties to several members of the House Appropriations Committee, including Moran and the late Rep. John Murtha (D-PA).

According to FEC records, Magliocchetti, a former senior staffer of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on which Moran serves, personally donated $2,000 to Moran in 2006.

“This is dirty money, and another blow to Nancy Pelosi’s promise of an ethical, transparent Congress,” said Mike Ginsberg, chairman of the 8th District Republican Committee, which owns the RetireJimMoran.com website. “Rather than provide favors and earmarks to the folks that donate to his campaigns, Jim Moran should do the right thing and donate this money to a worthy charity in the 8th District.”

RetireJimMoran.com has covered the scandal extensively on its site, highlighting how PMA employees and clients donated a total of over $90,000 to Moran’s brother, Brian Moran, who ran for the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia in 2009, losing in the primary to state Sen. Creigh Deeds.

“Congressman Moran needs to come clean about his pay-to-play schemes,” said Ginsberg.  In just the first quarter of 2010, Moran received $38,500 in campaign contributions from executives, lobbyists, and PACs of companies for which he has obtained earmarks totaling over $26 million.  “Voters of the 8th District deserve a representative in Congress representing the people of the District, not national lobbyists seeking personal enrichment from federal earmarks,” said Ginsberg.



Recipient Lobbying Firm Project $ Amount
Prologic PMA Group MEDSTARS $1,600,000
ArgonST PMA Group In-Port Video System $1,600,000.00
MobilVox PMA Group JEOD Diver System $1,000,000
Samueli Institute PMA Group CRIMM $1,000,000
Artis LLC PMA Group Optinet Sensor System $800,000
ManTech International PMA Group Open-Architecture System $2,400,000
General Dynamics PMA Group Protector-Dacs $2,400,000

Source:    http://www.legistorm.com/earmarks/details/member/386/Rep_Jim_Moran/page/1/sort/amount/type/desc.html

Campaign Contributions from PMA Group to Jim Moran

Donor Date Amount
Green, Kaylene 11/4/2008 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28993366598
Koloszar, Melissa 11/4/2008 $5,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28993366599
Lynch, John 11/4/2008 $1,500 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28993366599
Magliocchetti, Paul 11/4/2008 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28993366600
PMA Group PAC 2/15/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26960191730
Donor Date Amount
Magliocchetti, Mark 11/1/2005 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26990119440
Donor Date Amount
Cunningham, Daniel 6/8/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925335
Cunningham, Daniel 6/25/2008 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28991444030
Derosa, Rebecca 6/8/2007 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925336
Derosa, Rebecca 6/25/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28991444030
Effords, Richard 6/8/2008 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925338
Effords, Richard 6/25/2007 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28991444031
Giardina, Julie 6/8/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925340
Giardina, Julie 6/25/2007 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28991444033
Green, Kaylene 6/8/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925342
Kaelin, Richard 6/8/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925345
Kaelin, Richard 6/25/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28991444037
Koloszar, Melissa 6/8/2007 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925346
Koloszar, Melissa 6/16/2007 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28991444038
Lynch, John 6/8/2007 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925347
Lynch, John 6/8/2007< /div> $1,500 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28991444040
Magliocchetti, Leslie 6/8/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925348
Magliocchetti, Leslie 6/10/2008 $500 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28991444040
Magliocchetti, Mark 6/8/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925349
Magliocchetti, Mark 6/10/2008 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28991444041
Magliocchetti, Paul 6/8/2007 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925349
Magliocchetti, Paul 6/16/2008 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28991444041
Roberts, Elizabeth 6/8/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925354
Roberts, Elizabeth 6/19/2008 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28991444045
Thiel, Brian 6/8/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925360
Veltri, Thomas 6/8/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?27930925362
Veltri, Thomas 6/16/2008 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?28991444047
PMA Group PAC 2/15/2007 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26960191730
Cunningham, Daniel 16-Jun $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecim g/?25970615557
Cunningham, Daniel 6/6/2006 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233119
Derosa, Rebecca 6/30/2005 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?25970615564
Derosa, Rebecca 5/30/2006 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233119
Fogarty, Francis 6/16/2005 $500 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?25970615552
Fogarty, Francis 6/6/2006 $500 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233123
Green, Kaylene 6/16/2005 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?25970615564
Kaelin, Richard 6/6/2006 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/ fecimg/?26950233132
Kaelin, Richard 6/16/2005 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?25970615554
Koloszar, Meliss 6/6/2006 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233133
Lynch, John 6/16/2005 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?25970615568
Lynch, John 5/30/2006 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233136
Magliocchetti, jen 6/6/2006 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233136
Magliocchetti, Leslie 6/6/2006 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233137
Magliocchetti, Leslie 6/16/2005 $2,000 http://images.nictusa ..com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?25970615550
Magliocchetti, Mark 6/16/2005 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?25970615554
Magliocchetti, Mark 6/6/2006 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233137
Magliocchetti, Paul 5/30/2006 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233137
Magliocchetti, Paul 6/16/2005 $2,000 0Dhttp://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?25970615553
Roberts, Elizabeth 6/6/2006 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233144
Thiel, Brian 6/13/2006 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233149
Thiel, Brian 10/14/2006 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26930520306
Vandesand, Scott 10/14/2006 $500 0D http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26930520306
Veltri, Tom 6/6/2006 $1,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233150
Welch, Sandra 5/30/2006 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26950233152
Welch, Sandra 6/16/2005 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?25970615558
PMA Group PAC 6/26/2006 $2,000 http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?26960191730
total $92,000

Source: www.fec.gov


  • In November 2008, the FBI raids the offices of the PMA Group, a lobbying firm headed up by Paul Magliocchetti and Melissa Koloszar, Rep. Moran’s former Chief of Staff. (Roxana Tiron, “Top Lobbying Shop Breaks Up”. The Hill 2/10/09).
  • The lobbying firm PMA Group Inc. has given Rep. Moran $92,000 over the last two election cycles.  In return, Moran has rewarded the PMA clients with earmarks of over $10.8 million.
  • After hearing that the FBI had raided PMA headquarters, Rep. Moran went on the record to defend the firm’s president, Paul Magliocchetti.  Rep.  James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), whose Alexandria-based district is home to many of the contractors who received earmarks while being represented by PMA, defended Murtha’s earmarks and PMA yesterday. PMA was Moran’s top donor in the last election cycle, giving $37,500. “Paul Magliocchetti is probably the most professional of all representatives of small defense firms,” he said, noting that Magliocchetti sought Pentagon approval for his projects and that Moran never regretted supporting them. “They all knew that if they weren’t doing good work, they weren’t going to get the money.” (Carol Leonnig and Paul Kane, “Raided Firms Have Murtha Ties,” The Washington Post. 2/11/09)