Lobbyist ends up where he belongs – behind bars!

Paul Magliocchetti, the once-powerful lobbyist whose PMA Group collapsed after being raided by federal agents two years ago, was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Friday for his role in one of the largest schemes to evade limits on campaign donations ever uncovered.

A federal judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, T. S. Ellis III, also sentenced Mr. Magliocchetti to two years of supervised release and fined him $75,000…

Lanny A. Breuer, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, vowed to “continue to bring to justice those who hide the source of campaign funds and thus damage the integrity of our election process.”

“Paul Magliocchetti spent half of a decade gaming the system,” Mr. Breuer said. “He concocted a massive scheme to secretly funnel money to political campaigns — all so that he could gain wealth and prestige. As today’s sentence makes clear, he must now pay a price.”

We have a Supreme Court stacked in favor of exactly the same crooked corporations Magliocchettii worked for. It ain’t going to get easier.

Which one will be his roomie?

Mr. Magliocchetti got his start on the staff of the late chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, Representative John P. Murtha, Democrat of Pennsylvania, before becoming one of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington.

His firm, the PMA Group, which helped pioneer the practice of helping military contractors lobby for earmarks — pet spending items that lawmakers insert into annual budget bills, often with little oversight. He steered hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarked contracts to his clients, while directing tens of millions of dollars in contributions to lawmakers…

At the hearing, Mr. Magliocchetti’s lawyers argued that he should be sentenced only to home confinement, citing a host of physical and mental ailments. They also argued that incarceration in a federal prison would be unfair because similar campaign finance violations have often been handled with only civil fines by the Federal Elections Commission or with sentences of home confinement.

Maybe it’s time to get rid of the wrist-slapping procedure altogether. Put Mr. P’s peers in the same slammer he’ll be in for the next couple of years, eh?

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