- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rep. Peter J. Visclosky, Indiana Democrat, said Friday he has been subpoenaed in a federal grand jury probe of the lobbying firm PMA Group, the first tangible sign that the corruption investigation of the well-connected firm has spread to Capitol Hill.

The 13-term congressman is one of several lawmakers linked to the Alexandria-based lobbying firm, which shut down after it was raided last year by the FBI. The investigation appears focused on the firm’s campaign contributions and millions of dollars in spending earmarks that lawmakers targeted for PMA’s defense contractor clients.

The subpoenas issued to Mr. Visclosky’s congressional office, campaign committees and some of his employees requested documents related to PMA Group, the congressman said.

“It is my intention to fully cooperate with the investigation consistent with my constitutional obligations to Congress and my duties and responsibilities to my constituents,” Mr. Visclosky said in a statement.

He vowed to continue working for his constituents.

“I am confident that at the end of this process, no one will conclude that I have done anything wrong or harmed my constituents in any way,” he said. “The investigation is at an early stage and I respect the investigative process. For that reason, I will have no further comment on the matters under review.”

The scandal has long swirled around House Appropriations defense subcommittee Chairman John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, and subcommittee members Mr. Visclosky and Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat.

PMA was founded 20 years ago by Paul Magliocchetti, a former staffer on Mr. Murtha’s subcommittee, whose home was raided by federal agents last year.

Neither Mr. Murtha nor Mr. Moran have said they were subpoenaed, an announcement that House ethics rules would require.

The three lawmakers helped steer some $137 million in federal projects to PMA’s clients in 2007 and 2008. They also received significant campaign contributions from the firm’s lobbyists and their defense industry clients.

Since 1989, Mr. Murtha collected $2.37 million, Mr. Visclosky received $1.36 million and Mr. Moran got $997,348 from PMA’s lobbyists and clients, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political money.

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