Mitchell Wade, the contractor for MZM inc. implicated in the Duke Cunningham bribery scandal, has been ordered by the FEC to pay a $1,000,000 fine for funneling tens of thousands in illegal campaign donations to Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) and former Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL).
Neither Goode nor Harris are accused of having known about the illegality of the donations, described here by the FEC:
"Mr. Wade used MZM corporate funds to reimburse employees and their spouses for contributions to the campaign committees of Representatives Virgil Goode and Katherine Harris," the FEC said. Richard Berglund, an MZM manager "assisted in the scheme by receiving cash from Wade from which Berglund made a contribution under his and his wife’s name and then distributed the remaining cash to other employees of MZM, and in some cases their spouses, to make contributions. In total, Mitchell Wade and MZM reimbursed, directly and indirectly, $78,000 in contributions to two federal candidates."