From the Schilling for Congress campaign (17th District)…
Reason #7: Phil Hare helped corrupt lobbyists secure millions of dollars in earmarks
EAST MOLINE, IL–The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the seventh reason in their “20 Reasons to Vote Out Phil Hare” series. The series focuses on Phil Hare’s record and explains why he does not deserve re-election. The campaign will release one reason per day up until the election.
Reason #7 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare helped corrupt lobbyists secure millions of dollars in earmarks.
According to Politico on 9/24:
“Former lobbyist Paul Magliochetti pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to illegally funneling more than $386,000 in corporate campaign contributions to lawmakers over a nearly six year period, a stunning fall from grace for one of Washington’s top influence peddlers.
“Magliochetti, a one-time high flying lobbyist and founder of the now-defunct PMA Group, could face as much as 15 years in prison and up to $1.7 million in fines after copping to three federal charges, although Magliochetti’s lawyers and Justice Department prosecutors will urge a sentence of between five and six-and-a-half years in federal prison.”
Phil Hare was very involved with Paul Magliochetti and the PMA Group. According to Congressional Quarterly, Hare helped secure $6.8 million in earmarks for Magliochetti’s clients. Hare also accepted a $1,500 donation from the PMA Group.
Communications director Bobby Frederick called Phil Hare’s involvement with Paul Magliochetti and the PMA Group “disturbing.”
“The public has a right to know the level of involvement between Phil Hare and convicted felon Paul Magliochetti,” Frederick said. “Democrats promised the ‘most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history,’ yet Phil Hare took money from a disgraced lobbying firm whose founder is headed to jail. We urge Congressman Hare to donate the tainted $1,500 contribution to a charity in the 17th District. This is the same old pay-to-play politics and Washington excess that fails to serve people in Illinois.”
This is not the first time Phil Hare has received tainted contributions. He previously accepted donations from embattled Congressman Charlie Rangel. Rangel was charged with 13 counts of various ethics violations this summer. Hare later donated the contributions to charity after a request from the Schilling campaign.
Bobby Schilling, a native of Rock Island, graduated from Alleman High School and attended Black Hawk College. Schilling, a local business owner, is the Republican candidate for the 17th Congressional District in Illinois. Bobby is running on a platform of bringing jobs and real representation back to the 17th District. Earlier this year, Schilling conducted a 34-city “Bob’s for Jobs” tour, where he met with voters and employers all across the 17th District. Schilling was recently named an official ‘Young Gun’ by the National Republican Congressional Committee in their Young Guns program of top tiered races.
For more information about Bobby Schilling, please visit his website at http://www.bobby2010.com.