Raphael Musto

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Raphael Musto
Pennsylvania State Senate District 14
Former member
Term in office began
1983
Term in office ended
2010
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Raphael Musto was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1983-2010. Musto was re-elected in November of 2006 with his term expiring in 2010. Before becoming a Senator, Musto served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Musto won a special election in 1971 and served in the Pennsylvania House until 1980. Later that year, Musto won a special election for the US House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District and served in Congress until 1981.

Musto graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from King's College in 1971. Before becoming an elected official, Musto was a small business owner and served in the US Army from 1952 to 1954.

On January 27, 2010, Musto announced he would be retiring from public office. His term will end on November 30, 2010.[1]

Indicted

FBI searches home

On April 8, 2010, the FBI searched Musto's home. While Musto hasn't been accused of any wrongdoing, most believe the search is related to a federal public corruption investigation. Musto had no explanation for the search, stating, “The very fact that they were here today – there are many questions. I have as many questions as anyone else. There was no reason to check my house.”[2]

Federal charge

On his way to retirement, state Sen. Musto was charged by a federal grand jury with taking bribes and financial kickbacks.

Musto is charged with one count of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, two counts of bribery and two counts of making false statements to FBI agents. he is charged with taking $25,000 bribe and other gifts from a construction company which performed work on his property.

According to federal prosecutors, Musto later used his political position to "advocate for and attempt to advance various projects beneficial" to the unnamed company, including letters Musto wrote to state agencies encouraging them to award state grants to the company.

Musto accepted thousands of dollars in cash from an unnamed individual affiliated with several municipal authorities. He accepted the cash payment as a reward for helping the authorities obtain loans and grants from the state Department of Environmental Protection.[3]

Committee assignments

While a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, Musto served on the following committees:

Elections

2010

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Musto did not run for re-election in District 14.

2006

On November 7, 2006, Musto was re-elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 14.[5]

Musto raised $199,965 for this campaign[6] in which he ran unopposed.

Pennsylvania State Senate District 14
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png MUSTO, RAPHAEL J. (D) 53,087

Campaign donors

2006

Musto raised $199,965 during the 2006 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
William Schumacher, Jr. $6,000
Pennsylvania State Education Association $5,300
Andrew Muller $5,000
Pennsylvania Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Owners $4,950
Robert Mericle $4,800
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association $4,200
PPL Corp $4,000
Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Pennsylvania $4,000
AFSCME Council 13 $3,500
PG Energy $3,400

District 14

Musto represents Pennsylvania Senate District 14. District 14 includes part of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre region[8].

Personal

Raphael is married to Francis Muston. They have four children and resides in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Pennsylvania State Senate District 14
1983–2010
Succeeded by
John Yudichak (D)