Skip to comments.McCain's national finance co-chair resigns (Former Texas Rep. Thomas G. Loeffler)
Posted on 05/18/2008 11:41:19 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON - John McCain's national finance co-chairman has stepped down, becoming the latest adviser to leave the Republican's presidential campaign because of ties to lobbyists.
Former Texas Rep. Thomas G. Loeffler, one of McCain's key fundraisers, resigned after the campaign last week instructed staff to disclose all lobbying ties and to make certain they are no longer registered as lobbyists or foreign agents.
McCain's campaign on Sunday confirmed Loeffler's resignation.
Loeffler lobbies for the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., which with Northrop Grumman Corp. won a lucrative contract to provide air refueling tankers for the Air Force. McCain helped scuttle an earlier contract that would have gone to a competitor, Boeing Co.
Newsweek reported over the weekend that Loeffler's "lobbying firm has collected nearly $15 million from Saudi Arabia since 2002 and millions more from other foreign and corporate interests, including a French aerospace firm seeking Pentagon contracts."
Lobbying disclosure records also showed that on May 17, 2006, Loeffler listed meeting McCain along with the Saudi ambassador to "discuss US-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia relations," even though Loeffler told a reporter last month that he had not discussed his clients with McCain, Newsweek said.
Past lobbying work does not automatically disqualify someone from working for McCain's campaign. But McCain, through the new policy, is seeking not only to comply with laws but also to live up to a higher standard to help burnish his image as a reformer of money in politics.
Loeffler is the latest McCain adviser to relinquish a formal role with the campaign.
McCain advisers Doug Goodyear, who was to run the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., and Doug Davenport, a regional campaign director for the Mid-Atlantic states, also resigned this month. Both worked for DCI Group, a consulting firm hired to improve the image of Myanmar's military junta.
When the policy was announced last Thursday, McCain fired energy policy adviser Eric Burgeson, who represents energy companies as a lobbyist.
The campaign also asked Craig Shirley to resign from McCain's Virginia leadership team because he was behind an independent group that has been criticizing Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama on the Internet. McCain's new policy also states that no one with a campaign title or position may participate in so-called 527 groups, which can raise unlimited amounts of money for television ads not controlled by campaigns.
Will Carly F. be next? (please, please?)
McCain should pick his VP running mate then he should resign his position as US Senator, then step down as the Republican nominee and turn it over to a Conservative.
But Ape-Pee won’t discuss Nobama’s staff resignations or why they resigned.
You can’t walk three paces in DC without tripping over a lobbyist.
McCain seem to be far too concerned with a squeaky clean image than winning.
Sounds like Juan surrounds himself with lobbyists and listens to them instead of listening to his constituents. He’d be as much of a disaster as Hitlery or Obama.
“Sounds like Juan surrounds himself with lobbyists and listens to them instead of listening to his constituents”
Maybe this is why is is a no drill in ANWAR and yes to global warming.
Why doesn”t he fire all the Liberal, pro-Amnesty people?
Oh sorry then no one would be working for him.
I noticed that the paid pro McCain poster is not here today. Must be his day off.
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and his wife Cindy
walk to his chartered plane on Sunday, May 18, 2008, in Newark, N.J.
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., smiles as he
arrives at his chartered plane on Sunday, May 18, 2008, in Newark, N.J.
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
I thought that he thought that lobbyists and special interests were the problem...how could he associated with such “people.”
Media’s a little tougher when you’re #1 Johnny, it’ll only get worse.
None of these politicians is worth spit.
This is so stupid. There is nothing wrong with being a lobbyist. We are all special interests in one way or another.
McCain is letting Obama set the agenda. Given that Obama’s MO comes straight from the Alinsky handbook, that’s not good.
You have to resign only if you are a Republican.
Maybe his Mexican lobbyist, Juan Hernandez, should also resign. Under President Vicente Fox, Hernandez had a acabinet post as Director of the Office for Mexicans Living Abroad.
That’s one of the reason why McCain won’t get this family’s vote.