BREAKING: Mollohan Probe Over

By westvirginia on January 26, 2010
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Nearly four years after the U.S. Department of Justice started an investigation into Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., that investigation is now closed.

The Washington Post reports:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia had been overseeing an investigation of Mollohan, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, for steering roughly $250 million in line-item expenditures to several nonprofit organizations run by close friends, who also were real estate partners with him.

Mollohan’s office was notified this month that the investigation had been closed without criminal charges filed. Federal prosecutors declined to elaborate on what the investigation had found.

“We’re not going to get into any details, but I can confirm we’ve closed the investigation into Alan Mollohan,” Ben Friedman, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said Monday evening.

Justice Dept. ends probe of Rep. Mollohan – washingtonpost.com

This news comes just two months after The Washington Post reported that the DOJ had asked the House Ethics Committee to drop their investigation – a move the experts said might be a sign that the DOJ had a case against Mollohan.

Despite the lack of criminal charges, Mollohan’s campaign and his Summit PAC have been hurt by the controversy. The Congressman has $64,599 of cash on hand and a $130,000 debt due partially to payments to lawyers. Mollohan’s Summit PAC, which benefits other congressmen, still only has $234 of cash on hand with a $1,958 debt.

The big donors to Mollohan last quarter, which ended on Dec. 31, 2009, were those he has steered earmarks to or lease office space at the Alan B. Mollohan Innovation Center in Fairmont, W.Va. This includes $7,300 from Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hytner with Information Manufacturing Corp. For the entire 2009 year the Hytner’s donated a total of $16,900.

IMC received over $84 million in Mollohan-directed earmarks between 2000 and 2008. The contracts were for work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose budget Mollohan controls.

The other big spender for the Oct-Dec 2009 quarter were ManTech, donating $3,400. Their donations for 2009 totaled $7,800. Both ManTech and IMC lease office space at the Mollohan Innovation Center.

Lastly, Robison International donated $6,900 last quarter. Robison is a is a lobbyist firm that represents many of the companies at the Mollohan Innovation Center. The Robert H. Mollohan Family Charitable Foundation named one of their funds after the founder of Robison, retired Marine General Randall West. Employees of Robison have donated over $34,000 to Mollohan over the years.

Mollohan is being challenged in the 2010 Democratic Primary by Democrat R.J. Smith. Republican opponents include David McKinley, Cindy Hall, Randy Smith, Thomas Stark, Daniel Scott Swisher, Sarah Minear, Patricia VanGilder Levenson, and Mac Warner.

Both the Cook Report and the Rothenberg Political Report are calling Mollohan’s race “Lean Democrat,” meaning that Mollohan has a slim advantage over his competitors.

To learn more, check out our past Mollohan investigations:

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