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Meanwhile, the FEC has accepted a plea agreement with Kenneth D. Phelps, in which he acknowledged commingling funds from the Lockheed Martin Employees' Political Action Committee (LMEPAC) with his own personal funds and failing to report disbursements made by the committee to him.

An FEC audit revealed Phelps embezzled $170,000 from LMEPAC while working as the committee's assistant treasurer. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered Phelps to pay more than $163,000 in restitution after he pleaded guilty to 12 counts of wire fraud and 12 counts of making false statements.

Found a taker

The government of Pakistan can use all the good publicity it can get these days, and now the online public relations source Odwyerpr.com reports that Ogilvy PR Worldwide has inked a minimum three-month contract to provide press relations services for the Embassy of Pakistan — price tag, $45,000 a month.

In November, the PR firm Cassidy & Associates chose to give up the $1.2 million single-year contract it had with the Washington embassy after President Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule in his country.

"Tailspin"

"She knew that she would win,
but she took it on the chin;
Now, she's lost the crown,
and she's going down,
still believing her own spin."

—F.R. Duplantier


John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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