Skip to comments.McCain's Team of Lobbyists
Posted on 05/21/2008 9:17:28 PM PDT by The_Republican
Disturbed by troubling connections and unflattering publicity, John McCain has just purged several prominent Washington lobbyists from his presidential campaign. Surely his intentions are laudable, but if Sen. McCain is consistent in ridding his campaign of such compromised people, he will find himself riding lonesome on the Straight Talk Express. That's because nearly all of his advisers, fundraisers and top staffers have worked on K Street, starting with his campaign manager, Rick Davis, and his senior adviser and spokesman, Charles Black.
From the beginning, the McCain team has been thoroughly infested with representatives of corporate special interests, from the campaign's national co-chairs, finance chairs, policy and political directors, and deputies of all descriptions down to the chairman of Young Professionals for McCain, who just happens to lobby for Airbus, the European aviation firm that benefited from the Arizona senator's long inquest against Boeing.
Perhaps the senator hasn't been paying attention for the past few decades, for he somehow seems to have surrounded himself with exactly the kind of Washington hustlers he professes to despise. How this happened is a question that Sen. McCain must answer for himself. What must be truly impressive to anyone glancing over the resumes of Davis and Black, as well as the lesser members of the McCain entourage, is their magnetic attraction for the most questionable clients in the world.
Consider Charlie Black, a longtime Republican operative, whose lobbying activities first drew negative attention during the Reagan administration, when he represented such august figures as Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire and Angolan rebel Jonas Savimbi. Marcos and Mobutu were infamous despots with a penchant for looting their own nations' economies, as well as any American aid that came their way (presumably as a result of Black's assistance).
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yep. In DC that’s cutting your nose off to spite your face.
How awful. I think lobbying is in the Constitution. What about racist pastors, crazy wives and bomb throwing buddies? Can’t find it.
He is NOT purging lobbyists from his campaign.
He has asked everybody on his campaign to quit lobbying while they are on his campaign. Some have resigned from the campaign instead. Others will leave their lobbying firms for the campaign.
McCain has a right to ask that those working in his campaign not be working as lobbyists. It will reduce the pool of people, but I think it’s a good thing.
They all are. What’s new here???
This lobbying business is the biggest canard in the whole race.
If Obama asked all his campaign advisors and strategists with ties to marxism/communism to leave, he would find himself alone.
Go to www.usasurvival.org to read about Obama’s ties to friends and mentors who were in the Communist Party.
It explains a lot about his mentality when it comes to being friends with such leftist nutjobs as Bill Ayers, Alice Palmer, Quentin Young, and Bernadine Dohrn.
at least none of the candidates can campaign as an outsider.
Sheesh, you would think there would be at least SOME codified Standard of Ethics, posted on the walls of the offices of some of these (Obama and McCain) American lobbyists for foreign interests, such as “we will not be on retainer for any dictator who has exceeded 1,000 deaths under his regime”, some other such benchmarks at least over there on K Street.
I want to post this far and wide on FR. And I also want to lobby Jim (Sidebar here: Get well Jim!!) to have a MCCAIN TRUTH FILE link just as we have one for that sap Obama.
You can bet that the pro open borders/cheap labor/amnestia lobbyists and interests are probably infiltrated, from Juan Hernandez all the way down, in the McCain camp, and to think otherwise, and act otherwise and vote accordingly is a pipe dream. They infest Obama's camp, too, no doubt.
Question is.....Do we Freepers have the courage to drop the GOP Pom Poms, to bring this stuff, on a regular basis, out into the day of light.
We got SOME of them!
Pinnacle West Capital Corporation... Navigators... Global USA/Chamber of Commerce... Ashers Candies... The Walt Disney Company... Visa USA Inc.... Ogilvy Government Relations... Suncor Development... BKSH & Associates (WPP Group)... Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck... Fierce Isakowitz & Blalock... Citigroup Inc.... Barbour Griffith & Rogers... Cammack and Strong... Fierce Isakowitz & Blalock... McBee Strategic Consulting... Gallagher & Kennedy... McKenna Long... IDT Corp.... Barbour Griffith & Rogers... Park Strategies... DCI Group... Hamilton, Gullett, Davis & Roman... Wiley Rein... Alcalde & Fay... NWLO Inc.... Fiorentino & Hewett... Clark Lytle & Geduldig... Blank Rome... IDT Corp.... The Ashcroft Group... UBS... Ogilvy Government Relations... Hamilton, Gullett, Davis & Roman... Hance Scarborough Wright Woodward & Weisbart... Hartwell Capitol Consulting/Hartick LLC... Waitt Family Foundation... Hohlt and Associates... Huntsman International LLC... Fierce Isakowitz & Blalock... The Go Daddy Group Inc.... Federation of American Hospitals... Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher... Strategic Marketing Innovations... Asis Intl.... The Loeffler Group, LLP... Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Boland & Stewart... Global USA... (this one is very nefarious and lobbies against American companies in Japan trying to take down Japanese trade barriers to American products...) McGovern & Smith... McKay Chadwell... AT&T... McSlarrow Consulting... National Cable & Telecommunications Association... The Meece Group... American Continental Group... Munger Chadwick PL... Bryan Cave Strategies... DC Navigators... Artemis Strategies... Pfizer... Racy and Associates... Downey McGrath Group... Hamilton, Gullett, Davis & Roman... Greenberg Traurig... Symington Group LLC... National Association Of Wholesaler-Distributors... Enterprise Rent-A-Car... Wiley Rein... Washington2 Advocates... Corporate Strategies
K Street for "Maverick" Change and Campaign Reform for McCAIN /sarc