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Mr. Magliocchetti is also charged with getting his employees to donate and then disguising the reimbursements by falsely listing them on the books as salary or bonus payments. The indictment says he tracked campaign contributions of the straw donors on spreadsheets and employees were led to believe that failure to make the donations would adversely affect their employment.

The 11-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria charged Mr. Magliocchetti with four counts of making illegal campaign contributions in the name of another, four counts of making illegal campaign contributions from a corporation, and three counts of causing federal campaigns to unwittingly make false statements.

Paul Magliocchetti made an initial appearance in Alexandria federal court Thursday afternoon. He was released in return for providing a $2 million personal unsecured bond. His arraignment was set for Aug. 13.

He is to have no contact with any potential witness or defendant in the case with the exception of his son, Mark, with whom he must not discuss the case.

According to court documents, Mark Magliocchetti admitted to receiving payments from an unnamed person and an unnamed company with the understanding that the money he received was to be used for federal campaign contributions. Sources close to the investigation have confirmed that the unnamed person is Paul Magliocchetti and the unnamed company is the PMA group.

Mark Magliocchetti’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 16. His attorney, Adam Hoffinger, declined to comment.

Court documents say that after Mark Magliocchetti and his wife started making donations in 2002, they were reimbursed by check. Mr. Magliocchetti later put his wife, Leslie, on the payroll as a consultant. The indictment says that after a while Mark realized the reimbursements were illegal but subsequently made between $120,000 and $200,000 in reimbursed donations.

The Times reported in December that Mr. and Mrs. Magliocchetti gave $475,794 to federal candidates and committees. Mark Magliocchetti’s biography says he worked for a member of the House Appropriations Committee when he got out of college. He was named to the PMA board in 1998 and became a lobbyist for the firm in 2002.

Mark and Leslie Magliocchettis’ finances also are heavily tied with Mr. Magliocchetti, records show. Since September 2003, the couple has lived in the Fairfax Station, Va., house that Mr. Magliocchetti and his ex-wife, Nancy, owned, acquiring the title just last year.