WASHINGTON – The FBI is investigating Paul Magliocchetti,a Virginia lobbyist who may have reimbursed friends and family members for making political contributions in their names,allowing Magliocchetti to contribute more than legally allowed.
An individual may contribute a maximum of $2,400 per election to a federal candidate. It is illegal to donate in another person's name,and it is against the law for someone to allow his or her name to be used for a donation by another person.
The FBI confirmed the investigation is ongoing.
Magliochetti is alleged to have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to multiple candidates.
Magliocchetti's home and office were raided by the FBI last year.
Seven House members in particular received more than $840,000 from Magliocchetti and his now-closed firm,the Paul Magliocchetti and Associates Group.
Major Recipients include: Reps. Norm Dicks,D-Wash.; Marcy Kaptur,D-Ohio; James P. Moran Jr.,D-Va.; Todd Tiahrt,R-Kan.; Peter J. Visclosky,D-Ind.,and C.W. Bill Young,R-Fla. All but Young are on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
Magliocchetti was once a staffer on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee
In February,the House Ethics Committee released a 305-page report concluding the politicians were unaware the contributions might be illegal.
These seven were investigated because they accepted such large contributions. But Magliocchetti and his friends and relatives donated money to more than 100 politicians. Click here to see which relatives and associates of Magliocchetti contributed to which politicians. Sort by recipient,state or donor.