On October 12, 2010, CREW filed an administrative appeal from the refusal of the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) to process CREW's request for records related to the Department of Justice's investigation into former PMA founder and owner Paul J. Magliocchetti.
On February 14, 2011, CREW filed a complaint against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking the expedited release of records concerning DOJ's investigation and prosecution of Paul J. Magliocchetti, the founder and owner of PMA Group, Inc., for false statements, making illegal conduit campaign contributions, making illegal corporate campaign contributions, and other charges. Mr. Magliocchetti pled guilty to most of the charges against him, and the government made public the plea agreement he entered with DOJ and issued press releases announcing both the prosecution and the plea agreement. Nevertheless, in response to CREW's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents related to the investigation and prosecution, the Criminal Division withheld all documents under Exemption 7(A), which protects records compiled for law enforcement purposes that reasonably could be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings. Separately, the Executive Office for United States Attorneys also withheld all responsive documents, claiming their release would violate the Privacy Act.
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