May 29th, 2009
06:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Visclosky: I'll be cleared by PMA investigation

PMG Group lobbying activities are under investigation by federal authorities.
PMG Group lobbying activities are under investigation by federal authorities.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Indiana, confirmed Friday that federal law enforcement officials had issued subpoenas for materials from his congressional and campaign offices in their investigation of a defense lobbying firm that had employed his former chief of staff.

The PMA Group was raided by the FBI earlier this year. Former Visclosky chief of staff Rich Kaelin had lobbied for the firm.

"Federal law enforcement officials have issued grand jury subpoenas to my Congressional office, campaign committees, and certain employees to request documents relating to PMA," Visclosky said in a statement. "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.

"I will continue to work hard to represent the people of Indiana's First Congressional District as I have done since being elected to Congress. 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. Citing respect for the investigative process, the congressman said he would not be commenting further on the situation.

Visclosky has returned thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the firm and its employees, who were among his biggest financial supporters.


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  1. Fair is Fair

    A democrat with legal issues? Now how can that be? This must be a mistake. CNN – check your sources. I refuse to believe this until President Obama appoints a czar to oversee the investigation.

    May 29, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. barbara

    Boy. Everyday I read about a Dem under investigation. Funny I thought they were more ethical than the republican party. We have one senator who is black. Out of 100 men and women only one is black and he is getting resady to be booted. Who will the blacks blame. Bush? Ceny? How about the democrat party? they are starting to eat their own.

    May 29, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. jrzshor

    Visclosky has returned thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the firm and its employees, who were among his biggest financial supporters.

    so if i stole stuff from a store and then returned it to the store no crime was committed? and all is good?

    May 29, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Obama Victim

    a corrupt democrap???????????? no waaaay.....next you will be telling me there is gambling in Casa Blanca

    May 29, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Chi Town

    Another D-Crook

    Nothing to see here

    May 29, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Ken Shade

    LOBBIST, LOBBIST, LOBBIST. Why are lobbist even legal? Are representatives not elected "By The People" to represent the people? If that is the case then why do our elected officials get so much money from lobbist representing businesses? To me they are simply buying our elected officials because they perform acts that usually only benefit big business.This is all wrong. Pass a federal law that outlaws all lobbying of public officials except in public hearings where they can voice their opinions just as the citizens do and outlaw the giving of anything that can be construded as a gift or payment from any person or persons that represent or ar tied to any company or business.

    May 29, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Grrr-awful-o

    Another democratic politician breaking the law... yawwwwwn...

    May 29, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. The Broker.

    Now you have Four! And they all agree with each other. Where is the conflict???

    May 29, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Proud Member..Party of No

    No news here...just another corrupt democrat to join the long, long list of other corrupt democrats.

    May 29, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. elliott

    Another dirty Dem....*yawn*.....not news.........

    May 29, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. donttreadonme

    Doesn’t it seem like a disproportionate number of Dems are in hot water for corruption?

    May 29, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. RR

    just like Pelosi, Murth, and Harmon, the democrats will turn a blind eye and say this is a "distraction."

    May 29, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Pee Wee

    Corruption in Washington shows no party allegiance or ideological affiliation. They're all crooks at one level or another.

    May 29, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Fair is Fair & Barbara

    Democrat or Republican, they all have some kind of legal woes. I don't think that none of them outweigh Bush's, Cheney's, Rice's, Roves', Rumsfeld's or Gonzales' though.

    May 29, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. J.P.

    These are not the droids you're looking for...

    May 29, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    LOL...this commentary section reads like there's a basement full of outsourced children hired by the GOP to post the same exact thing in 50 different ways under different names.

    May 29, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. kay

    Can you people spell?

    May 29, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. This is "typical"

    I am shocked and chagrined, a corrupt Lemocrat?

    "The chickens have come home to roost".

    The Liberals are out cashing the Government checks before the banks close, but I will help them out here:

    It's Bush's fault

    It's Palin's fault

    Haters, bigots, Rethuglicans....................

    There you go, you can go do nothing now, you are all set, I got your back.

    CNN, where is the story of the Republican car dealers that are performing MUCH, MUCH better than non-Republican car dealers but are LOSING their business just because they are registered as Republicans or donate to Republican causes????

    May 29, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    I agree with Ken Shade why are lobbyists allowed to bribe our representatives? Why is campaign fund raising even allowed from outside the representative district? All contributions either from corporations, Wall Street, banking, unions, lobbyists, etc…should be banned. Only money raised from the people they are representing should be allowed. People not businesses and with a limit, it is time to stop having every election go to the person who can raise the most money.

    May 29, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Lori in St Pete

    The reason so many dems are under investigation is because, unlike rethugs, when there's an allegation of wrong-doing, the dems investigate.

    May 29, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Does anyone really believe that if the Republicans had the same vetting process now in use that NO REPUBLICAN would be identified as cheating? C'mon you're really not that STUPID, are you?

    May 29, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    @ Ken Shade, who said "outlaw the giving of anything that can be construded as a gift or payment from any person or persons that represent or ar tied to any company or business."

    A. It is already against th elaw to bribe and give gifts.

    B. You can't tell corporations they can't donate to campaigns, etc., because the SCOTUS has interpreted the Constitution to protect donations as a matter of free speech.

    C. You CAN limit the amount of donations. This is where it's at. Large corporations and interest groups are able to sway politicians so heavily because they are capable of giving far more than your average individual. The key in terms of campaign finance reform lies in finding a way to limit the amounts of donations to prevent money from determining how "loudly" people and corporations are talking to their representatives, so that the substance of what is being said can move to the forefront.

    May 29, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. KMAN

    Just how STUPID does one have to be to try and frame this issue as a partisan issue just to beat up on democrats? Apparently, there is no shortage of stupid people posting here! I wasn't aware that ALL our republican politicians were honest and up-right citizens, but thanks for setting me straight on that point.

    May 29, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Allen in Hartwell GA

    When a corrupt Republican politician gets caught it's someone else's fault. When a corrupt Democrat politician gets caught they all do it. How "holier then thou" can you get.

    May 29, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Funniest part of all of this? Nothing about having these documents subpoenaed means he's corrupt. Documents are frequently subpoenaed from innocent parties when investigating someone else. CNN has intentionally kept the article incrediblly vague to encourage the idiocy we're seeing from the GOPers. One might, at first blush, think that makes CNN biased towards them...but then again, the GOPers are only hurting themselves with their nonsense, so who knows.

    May 29, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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