May 29th, 2009
06:05 PM ET
11 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. slipthalo

    TO: This is 'typical:

    Your Chrysler dealership conspiracy holds no water. 80% – 90% of the Chrysler dealerships were owned by Republicans who donated to the Republican party. So wouldn't it make sense that the majority of those being closed were owned by Republicans who donated to the Republican party? Research before posting......

    May 29, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. southerncousin

    Sniffit@you are a dope smokin' lib if you don't see CNN bias. Let me mention a couple of names Carville & Begala, idiot, they run CNN and have a morning consult with the White House Chief Staff. That being said, I know Pete Viscloskey and he really is an honest politician.

    May 29, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Paul from Phoenix

    I don't know why this is a surprise to anyone. There will be more stories about corrupt dems because they are the majority. Then, the pendulum will swing (remember Abramoff?), and the GOP will get hit.

    It happens all the time. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Right now, the dems have absolute power, so they are going to act stupid thinking that they are uncatchable. There are more to come, with Murtha probably being the next to fall.

    In the end, GOP or Dem, all think they are made of teflon, which is why we see the same scandals over and over again.

    May 29, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Visclosky Investigator

    In other words, if Visclosky isn't charged with a criminal offense then he is "cleared" of wrongdoing! What a misrepresentation of the burden of proof in a criminal trial. Too bad Visclosky's constituents don't hold him to a higher standard of ethics than just not being convicted of a crime.

    May 29, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Fitz in Texas

    Once a crook, always a crook.

    May 29, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Matt M

    Culture of Corruption.

    Hope and Change.

    Most corrupt in History.

    Worst President in History.

    May 29, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. AK

    Screw you Matt M.

    May 29, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Huey Long

    And just recently it was the Republicans in handcuffs. Welcome to the reality of American politics: corruption will alway be there and will come in all persuasions. Throw out the bums and get a new set of bums. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    People howl and yell about all these surface issues, but the real game of politics is which group of insider pigs gets the biggest slop-fest at the trough.

    The rest of us are rubes.

    May 29, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Eddie

    Wow just wow this is politics people. Politics=corruption. Even though their are laws to block this sort of thing. We have no idea what happens behind closed doors. Both Democrats and Republicans are evil its always been a matter of picking the lesser evil. Their is no good party here understand that.

    I am a registered democrat and if he has done wrong then he has be treated like every other person.

    May 29, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. donttreadonme

    Sniffit May 29th, 2009 4:16 pm ET
    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. -------------

    One could come to same conclusions when reading any post regarding anything Repub. Does your bias blind you to the fact that most posts her are senseless partisan blubber.

    We know you get most your talking points from the Huffington Post and regurgitate that vile garbage here. So please stop being such a hypocrite.

    May 29, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Dont blame me

    Just one more liberal CROOK.

    Why are the standards on the left so low?

    May 29, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Ken Shade

    @ Sniffit

    THANKS FOR THE INPUT. Something needs to be done to stop them from buying OUR representatives.

    May 29, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    @ southerncousing, who said "Let me mention a couple of names Carville & Begala"

    Rollins, Dobbs, Navarette, and I'm blanking on the last name of the hispanic GOPer with the mustache...Alex C____? I forget. Heck, even Glenn Beck was here for a while regurgitating GOP talking points and acting like his typical meatheaded self. And yes, I listed Dobbs there even though he claims he's independent because he's in it with you fools with your fear-mongering about 2nd Amendment gun rights. I put his show on when I get home from work just to yell at him and get the stress out.

    May 29, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Kevin from Co

    Anybody believing ANY politician, including Obama, is'nt in it for their own self serving needs instead of serving the country is an idiot.

    May 29, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    @ dontreadonme, who asked "Does your bias blind you to the fact that most posts her are senseless partisan blubber. "

    I'm not biased. If you pay any attention to my posts, I generally try to cite facts unless I'm just cracking a joke. I will, however, continue to rail against the GOP until they cut the crap and start behaving themselves like responsible adults who actually care about the country, not partisan shenanigans and revenge for their loss of power.

    May 29, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. The Broker.

    Viscosity! Says it all..

    May 29, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. J.Crobuzon

    Ken Shade, not all lobbying is bad. If there's an issue with toilet paper, say it breaks out your rear, someone lobbying the TP industry is likely to, um, well, be covering your butt. We don't need to outlaw the candy lobby or the hairdryer lobby, or whatever. It's when they lobby the big money industries that they send Tony Soprano instead of someone reasonable. And it's Lobby-IST, not lobbist, like a waiting room where they hang around waiting to tug someone's sleeve on their way out.
    southerncousin, as your next-door neighbor AND a dope-smokin' liberal, I need to point out that Sniffit WAS pointing out CNN liberal bias. He was saying that by being stingy with facts, CNN encourages right-wing nuts to say things they shouldn't(although no one's listening except us dope-smokin' liberals and you drunken rightwingers).
    Barb, I vote Dem usually and I can tell you that there is no such thing as a democrat party OR a publican party. Democratic or Republican is correct. Anyone who votes is a democrat, but not necessarily a Democrat. Two letters, but to us educated people they are important.

    May 29, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Darrell Burks

    It is an investigation people – What happened to due process???

    May 29, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    @ Ken

    I agree. Funny thing about being bought's lucrative. Demanding campaign finance reform is like demanding that politicians pull their own teeth out with rusty pliers.

    May 29, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. The Party of NO is only “pro-life” so they will be able to kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war.


    There is no "due process" in the neo-con "christian" world.

    They judge and then cite some fable from the Holy Book of Fables as the reason why everyone BUT them is quilty.

    Due process of the law is not even on the neo-con radar as a concept!

    May 29, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. TomJay

    Another corrupt Democrat??? Quick, blame Bush, blame Cheney, blame Republicans. Whatever happened to Pelosi's vow to have the most ethical House in history? All of a sudden Democrats have changed their tune, are shrugging their shoulders and saying it could happen to anyone. What about Change we can believe in?

    May 29, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    @ Darell Burks, who asked "What happened to due process???"

    That baby went out with the bathwater. The accusation IS the conviction in our tabloid society.

    May 29, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Justin

    Okay folkks, read the article, he is not being charged or investigated, his chief of staff is... the warrents are for items that his chief of staff would have handled.... I didn't even see what they where investigating the chief of staff for. Stop cinvicting people before you even know WHO you are convicting and what the supposed offense is. If he was a Republican the remarks would be reversed.... Get over the partisan garbage and think for yourselves!

    May 29, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Marilyn, Powell Ohio

    The Republicans are crooks and liars but they cover it up by going to church!

    May 29, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Vizclosky is going down....

    and Pelosi will follow-–Pelosi went to China to escape the heat but the CIA will be all over her when she gets back.....does she think she can hide from the CIA?...guess again...she'll be looking over her shoulder from now on and better get someone else to start her car every day...

    May 29, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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