2008 Blah on the NYT. The Washington Post Gets the Real Story on McCain.
posted by February 23 at 19:03 PMon
The NYT’s big McCain story on Thursday was pretty weak.
But I’m not sure why one of us ‘08ers here at Slog didn’t link this fat story from yesterday’s Washington Post.
It’s almost a humor piece with paragraph after paragraph, like these, stacked up one after the other:
McCain’s relationship with lobbyists became an issue this week after it was reported that his aides asked Vicki Iseman, a telecom lobbyist, to distance herself from his 2000 presidential campaign because it would threaten McCain’s reputation for independence. An angry and defiant McCain denounced the stories yesterday, declaring: “At no time have I ever done anything that would betray the public trust.”
Even before McCain finished his news conference, uber-lobbyist Black made the rounds of television networks to defend McCain against charges that he has been tainted by his relationship with a lobbyist. Black’s current clients include General Motors, United Technologies, JPMorgan and AT&T
McCain’s top fundraising official is former congressman Tom Loeffler (R-Tex.), who heads a lobbying law firm called the Loeffler Group. He has counseled the Saudis as well as Southwest Airlines, AT&T, Toyota and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
Public Citizen, a group that monitors campaign fundraising, has found that McCain has more bundlers — people who gather checks from networks of friends and associates — from the lobbying community than any other presidential candidate from either party.
The only thing that’s missing from the piece is tying all the lobbyists (and all their clients) who work with McCain to McCain’s voting record.
Here’s a list of those clients: eBay, Goldman Sachs Group, Cablevision, Tenneco, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, General Motors, United Technologies, JP Morgan, AT&T, Alcoa, U.S. Airways, Southwest Airlines, Toyota, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. (Told you it was comical.)
It shouldn’t be too hard to find examples of McCain’s work in the Senate that benefited this corporate roster.
Here’s the dude’s voting record on significant legislation over the last few years. At a cursory glance, I see that he voted for the bankruptcy bill, a pet bill of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs—clients right there on the cronies of John list.
Hit that WaPo.