This Post article discusses the benefits that flow to firms hiring former staffers as lobbyists and also includes a reference to PMA Group.
The Center for Public Integrity found that 10 of the 16 members of the House subcommittee on defense appropriations obtained 30 earmarks in the bill worth $103 million for contractors currently or recently employing former staffers who have become lobbyists. The analysis by the Washington watchdog group found that earmarks still often hinge on a web of connections, despite at least three criminal investigations of the practice that became public in the past year.
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Since last fall, federal investigators have been probing the PMA Group, a now-shuttered lobbying firm whose clients had unusual success in winning earmarks from Murtha’s subcommittee. Founder Paul Magliocchetti is a close friend of Murtha’s and worked as a defense appropriations staffer when Murtha was a rank-and-file member of the committee.