CNN: Sarah Palin will be giving us an interview

That is a joke, of course – but she is asking all these questions but answering none herself.

So instead of asking the press to ask Barack about this, that and whatever – answer some questions herself.

The woman is a moron – much more than Bush and her running mate.

She claims that he [Obama] is putting ambition before country – yet what about numpty McCain? He lies through his back teeth to get into the White House and the daft bint says nothing about him? Hypocrite if ever I saw one.

During a fundraiser in Madeira, Ohio, Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, said Obama tried to influence the negotiations “in a way that would set back America’s cause there, while advancing his campaign here.”

“If this is true … it is a stunning example of putting ambition above country,” Palin said. “To put political ambitions in front of doing what’s right for our troops is breathtaking, and it is unacceptable.”

Not as frustrating as getting your wrinkled face on a neutral TV screen – give CNN an interview without your baby-sitter being there. Reading prompts is easy – even I can do that. I know that CNN is showing much more right-wing bias of late, but isn’t that what she is looking for?

Tell the American people what you are going to do for them Ms Poodle. Or is it a matter than talking to your base is what is just OK for you?

McCain has already pissed the conservatives off with his new and improved bail-out plan. Now he comes up with even more – the man is ridiculous!

McCain on Friday also announced a new economic initiative during a rally in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Republican presidential nominee called for the suspension of rules that force Americans who have reached the age of 70½ to sell stock from their 401(k) and individual retirement accounts.

The stock market has suffered dramatic losses in recent weeks. McCain said the rules need to be suspended “to spare investors from being forced to sell their stocks at just the time when the market is hurting the most.”

Huh!? Explain that one John – or get Ms Poodle on the TV to explain it for you.

When an employee leaves a job, the 401(k) account generally stays active for the rest of his or her life, though the accounts must begin to be drawn out beginning the April 1st of the calendar year after the attainment of age 70½ (except that under SBJPA 1996, those still employed can defer). In 2004 some companies started charging a fee to ex-employees who maintained their 401(k) account with that company. Alternatively, when the employee leaves the company, the account can be rolled over into an IRA at an independent financial institution, or if the employee takes a new job at a company that also has a 401(k) or other eligible retirement plan, the employee can “roll over” the account into a new 401(k) account hosted by the new employer.

McCain is worse than Bush! And his attack dog – well when she gets on TV and starts to answer questions about herself maybe she should think about keeping her mouth firmly shut.

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  1. Yellowbird1 says:

    McCain chastised his base today. If it was honest or not I couldn’t tell. But he did tell them a thing or two. I don’t know if it was because Obama called him out. It sounded good though. It may have been just a ploy to rally the Independents. If that is the case, it won’t work!

  2. Mrgreen says:

    Recently on The View Elisabeth Hasselbeck bet her blonde “highlights” that Obama had more questionable ties than John McCain. She stated that John McCain was an honorable man who did not associate with questionable people or terrorists. Well I took it as a personal challenge and did my research. Please keep in mind that I did NOT include John McCain’s own wife (Cindy McCain) who he had an affair with while married to his FIRST wife and who also stole drugs from the very poor people she was supposed to be helping. Well here is my list and PLEASE keep this going so that other people can see who the REAL John McCain really is. While the Right Wing Conservatives have only tied Obama to Ayers, Wright and Father Flager, the MS word version of this list is eight pages long.

    McCain’s Questionable Ties

    McCain sat on the board of the U.S. Council for World Freedom, part of the World Anti-Communist League, having joined in 1982 after the Anti-Defamation League called it a “gathering place for racists and anti-semites with links to Nazi collaborators and right-wing death squads.” The Council for World Freedom was funded by right-wing tycoon Sun Myung Moon, and among its ranks were founding CIA member and Iran-Contra figure John K. Singlaub. While McCain resigned from the organization due to a stated “lack of time,” he attended one of its events as late as 1986, and the organization continued to use his name on its letterhead around the same time.

    Jim Hensley, Convicted Felon

    A WWII bombadier, Hensley returned to the United States with an injury sustained while flying over Europe. While recovering, he met Margueritte Smith and left his wife and two-year old daughter for Smith whom he married in 1945. That same year, he and his brother Eugene began working for Kemper Marley, owner of United Sales Company in Phoenix and United Distributors in Tucson, and purported mafia boss. In a 1953 New Mexico State Police report, Kemper Marley, “is reputed to be the financial backer for the bookies” and “owned a wire service formerly operated in connection with bookmaking of the Al Capone gang.” And though never charged, Marley is suspected of ordering the car bomb assassination of journalist Ken Bolles in 1976. In 1948, Jim and Eugene Hensley were indicted for falsifying liquor records to conceal illegal distribution of whiskey against post-war rationing regulations. Both men were convicted in U.S. District Court on federal charges of conspiracy and Jim Hensley was also convicted on seven counts of filing false liquor records. In 1953 Jim Hensley and Kemper Marley were again charged with falsifying liquor records. This time Jim was defended by future Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. Both men were acquitted. In spite of being a convicted felon, Jim Hensley was somehow granted a state liquor license in 1955 (and later a federal liquor license) to found a beer distributorship. Hensley later switched to distributing exclusively Anheuser-Busch beer, and by 1980 Hensley & Co. Distributors and Hensley & Co. Wholesale had made Jim Hensley a multi-millionaire. Read more about McCain and Hensley in the article Haunted By Spirits by John Doughtery and Amy Silverman.

    HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: Hensley was Cindy McCain’s father, John McCain worked for Hensley as Vice President of Public Relations for Hensley & Co. when he and Cindy first married, and Hensley used his money and influence to launch John McCain’s political career.

    G. Gordon Liddy, Convicted Felon

    Liddy served four and a half years in prison in connection with his conviction for his role as mastermind of the Watergate break-in and the break-in at the office of the psychiatrist of Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers. Liddy has acknowledged preparing to kill someone during the Ellsberg break-in “if necessary”; plotting to murder journalist Jack Anderson; plotting with a “gangland figure” to murder Howard Hunt to stop him from cooperating with investigators; plotting to firebomb the Brookings Institution; and plotting to kidnap “leftist guerillas” at the 1972 Republican National Convention — a plan he outlined to the Nixon administration using terminology borrowed from the Nazis. (The murder, firebombing, and kidnapping plots were never carried out; the break-ins were.) During the 1990s, Liddy reportedly instructed his radio audience on multiple occasions on how to shoot Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents — telling listeners, “Go for a head shot; they’re going to be wearing bulletproof vests” — and also reportedly said he had named his shooting targets after Bill and Hillary Clinton. Liddy has donated $5,000 to McCain’s campaigns since 1998, including $1,000 in February 2008. In addition, McCain has appeared on Liddy’s radio show during the presidential campaign, including as recently as May. An online video labeled John McCain On The G. Gordon Liddy Show 11/8/07 includes an audio discussion between Liddy and McCain, whom Liddy described as an “old friend.” During the segment, McCain praised Liddy’s “adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great,” said he was “proud” of Liddy, and said that “it’s always a pleasure for me to come on your program.” Liddy called for the murder of federal agents, served time in jail, plotted murder – and after that, John McCain applauded him and took his money

    HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: In 1998 Liddy hosted a campaign fundraiser for McCain and McCain has accepted campaign donations from Liddy over the last a decade, most recently in February 2008. McCain has appeared as a guest on Liddy’s radio show multiple times, most recently in November 2007 during the presidential campign when Liddy greeted McCain as “an old friend.” During the interview, Mccain stated he was “proud” of Liddy and praised Liddy for his “adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great.”

    Charles Keating, Convicted Felon

    Charles H. Keating, Jr., is the former chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association. The “Keating Five” were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s. McCain and four other senators were accused of improperly aiding Keating., chairman of the failed Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, which was the target of an investigation by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB). McCain received $112,000 by 1987 from Keating and Keating’s relatives and employees to McCain’s Senate campaign, more than any of the other Senators. In addition to campaign contributions, McCain’s wife and her father had invested $359,100 in a Keating shopping center in April 1986, a year before McCain met with the regulators. It was also found that the McCains, sometimes accompanied by their daughter and baby-sitter, had made at least nine trips at Keating’s expense, sometimes aboard the American Continental Corporation (parent of Lincoln) jet. Three of the trips were made during vacations to Keating’s opulent Bahamas retreat at Cat Cay. McCain also did not pay Keating for some of the trips until years after they were taken, after he learned that Keating was in trouble over Lincoln. The Lincoln Savings and Loan’s collapse cost taxpayers $3.4 billion After a lengthy investigation, the Senate Ethics Committee criticized McCain for “questionable conduct,” and did not mete harsher punishment because of McCain’s future presidential ambitions.

    HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: John McCain was a close personal friend of Charles Keating, McCain and his family vacationed at Keating’s Bahamas mansion, Cindy McCain had investments with Keating.

    Raffaello Follieri, Convicted Felon

    In late August, 2006, McCain celebrated his 70th birthday aboard a yacht, the Celine Ashley, rented by Raffaello Follieri and his then-movie star girlfriend Anne Hathaway. Follieri, who posed as Vatican chief financial officer in order to win friends and investments, pleaded guilty in a Manhattan district court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, eight counts of wire fraud and five counts of money laundering. As part of the plea, Follieri admitted to misappropriating at least $2.4 million of investor money and redirecting it to foreign personal bank accounts that were disguised as business accounts.

    HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: McCain spent his 70th birthday aboard Follieri’s yacht in August 2006.

    Rep. Rick Renzi, Under Indictment

    Renzi, Arizona Congressman 2002-2008, is currently under indictment for conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, concealment of money laundering, transactions with criminally derived funds, extortion, insurance fraud and criminal forfeiture. In robocalls to assist Renzi in his re-election bid in October 2006, McCain stated, “Rick has represented the first district of Arizona with tenacity, honesty and integrity beyond reproach.” The indictment also names business associate James Sandlin, and Maryland attorney Andrew Beardall. The indictment also refers to two companies involved in the transactions, Company A and Investment Group B. Prosecutors allege Renzi criminally concealed information about land deals to both Company A and Investment Group B, and used his seat on the House Natural Resources Committee to try to force their hand. The indictment says Renzi was trying to help his business associate, Sandlin, finish paying off an $800,000 loan Sandlin owed to Renzi. Renzi was in financial straits and needed the money and also states Renzi also never claimed the $733,000 in his 2006 House financial disclosure statements.

    HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: Until February 2008, Renzi was co-chair of McCain’s Arizona 2008 presidential campaign, member of McCain’s 2008 National Leadership Team, and a personal friend. In October 2006, McCain stated, “Rick has represented the first district of Arizona with tenacity, honesty and integrity beyond reproach.”

    Rick Davis, McCain Campaign Manager & Freddie Mac Lobbyist

    Davis is currently John McCain’s campaign manager in his bid for the U.S. presidency. Davis’ lobbying firm — Davis Manafort — received payments of $15,000 a month between 2006 and August 2008 from Freddie Mac, the troubled mortgage giant that was recently placed under federal conservatorship. As the mortgage crisis has escalated, almost any association with Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae has become politically toxic. But the payments to Davis’s firm, Davis Manafort, are especially problematic because he requested the consulting retainer in 2006 — and then did barely any work for the fees, according to two sources familiar with the arrangement who asked not to be identified discussing Freddie Mac business. Aside from attending a few breakfasts and a political-action-committee meeting with Democratic strategist Paul Begala (another Freddie consultant), Davis did “zero” for the housing firm, one of the sources said. Freddie Mac also had no dealings with the lobbying firm beyond paying monthly invoices — but it agreed to the arrangement because of Davis’s close relationship with McCain, the source said, which led top executives to conclude “you couldn’t say no.” Freddie Mac’s roughly $500,000 in payments to Davis & Manafort began immediately after Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in late 2005 disbanded an advocacy coalition that they had set up and hired Mr. Davis to run. From 2000 to the end of 2005, Davis received nearly $2 million as president of the coalition, the Homeownership Alliance, which the companies created to help them oppose new regulations and protect their status as federally chartered companies with implicit government backing. That status let them borrow cheaply, helping to fuel rapid growth but also their increased purchases of the risky mortgage securities that were their downfall.

    HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: Davis is currently John McCain’s presidential campaign director, and McCain told Newsweek in 2007 “Rick is a friend, and I trust him.”

    Charles Black, Jr., Senior Advisor To McCain Campaign & Lobbyist For Dictators

    Currently a chief strategist and senior adviser for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, in June 2008, Charlie Black stated in an interview with Fortune magazine that another terrorist attack on the United States would “Certainly it would be a big advantage to him.” Black is a registered as a lobbyist and is chairman of one of Washington’s lobbying powerhouses, BKSH and Associates. His clients have included right-wing guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi of Angola and such dictators as Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines and Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, as well as Nigerian General Ibrahim Babangida, Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the countries of Kenya and Equatorial Guinea, among others. As of February 2008, Black said he is still being paid by his firm and does work for clients in his “spare time,” recusing himself from lobbying McCain: “I not only do not lobby him [McCain], but if an issue comes up that I have a client on, I will tell him that and stay out of the discussion.” Though McCain often portrays himself as an anti-lobbyist politician, his senior advisor has earned more than $57 million dollars since 1998 as a Washington lobbyist. Some of his other clients include: Alcoa – $100,000; Amerada Hess Corp. – $80,000; American Financial Group – $80,000; Asoex Chilean Exporters Assn. – $40,000; AT&T – $1,185,000; AT&T Inc – $720,000; Bristol-Myers Squibb – $690,000; ChevronTexaco – $140,000; Chilean Salmon Farmers Assn. – $100,000; Colombian Textile & Apparel Industry – $80,000; Comasa, de la Optica – $80,000; Contran Corp. – $505,000; Freddie Mac – $820,000; Glaxo Wellcome Inc – $40,000; GlaxoSmithKline – $590,000; Global Strategies Group – $180,000; Honeywell International – $220,000; Importers Service Corp. – $540,000; International Franchise Assn. – $290,000; JP Morgan & Co – $140,000; JP Morgan Chase & Co – $724,000; Lockheed Martin – $487,500; Mortgage Bankers Assn. of America – $140,000; National Assn. of Mortgage Brokers – $60,000; National Foreign Trade Council – $40,000; Occidental Petroleum – $1,650,000; Occidental Petroleum – $1,650,000; Philip Morris – $1,292,500; Tobacco Quota Warehouse Alliance – $120,000; Yukos Oil – $155,000;

    HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: Charles Black is McCain’s current chief strategist and a senior advisor to his 2008 presidential campaign. Black said he is still being paid by his firm and does work for clients in his “spare time”. Black’s relationship with McCain goes back more than twenty years, from the time McCain first came to Washington. They got to know each other well during (former Senator Phil) Gramm’s 1996 presidential run. Gramm, the architect of deregulation which led to Enron and the subprime mortgage meltdown in later years, and now an investment banker, who has lately stepped down as official adviser to McCain because under fire in the press, but Mr. Gramm continues on in an unofficial capacity as a supporter of the Bush presidential campaign.. Black drew fire recently when he suggested that a terror attack would help John McCain, but maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised. Black’s past is littered with questionable associations with comrades from a 1970s young-conservatives group that has chalked up quite a questionable record in the years since.

    Richard Quinn, White Supremist

    Beginning in 1981, Richard Quinn became the Executive Editor in Chief of the racist Southern Partisan Quarterly Review and as was still listed as the owner of the magazine as recently as 2005. Like McCain did originally, Quinn opposed the Martin Luther King holiday, writing it “should have been rejected because its purpose is vitriolic and profane.” In 2000, People For American Way called on McCain to fire Quinn, listing his disparaging of Nelson Mandela as a “terrorist,” his promotion of David Duke (“What better way to reject politics as usual than to elect a maverick like David Duke?”) and his selling of t-shirts praising Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. McCain wouldn’t fire him. He rejected the guilt-by-association charge, defending the man and disavowing the publication. In the 2000 presidential primary, all the time he was blasting George W. Bush for campaigning at Bob Jones University, McCain himself was paying $20,000 a month to South Carolina political consultant Richard Quinn, a neo-Confederate revanchist who was one of the leaders of the state’s pro-flag faction. Quinn was editor in chief of Southern Partisan, a magazine that published apologias for slavery and sold paraphernalia celebrating the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Quinn himself once advocated voting for David Duke.The day after the South Carolina 2000 primary, McCain didn’t distance himself from Quinn. Instead, he professed ignorance about Quinn’s writings, just as Bush did about Bob Jones’ policies, and argued, as Bush also did about Bob Jones, that Ronald Reagan had done the same thing he was doing. But where Bush later criticized Bob Jones in stringent terms after the fact, McCain continued to describe Quinn as “a man of integrity” who wasn’t responsible for what appeared in his own magazine. Though McCain’s Richard Quinn connection was worse than Bush’s Bob Jones faux pas, it never turned into a big deal for one simple reason: The press let McCain get away with it, even as it held Bush’s feet to the fire about Bob Jones anti-Catholic stance.

    HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: The Washington Post this month described Quinn as the “longtime adviser [who] directed the senator to a crucial victory in the Palmetto State.” Politico reported that McCain paid Quinn’s firms $184,000. An article that was posted on McCain’s website in 2008 — that is no longer available — described Quinn as “a senior political consultant to the McCain campaign.”

    Pastor John Hagee

    In a 2006 address, Hagee stated, “The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God’s plan for both Israel and the West… a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ.” Over the years, Hagee the right-wing pastor has waged “an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church” by “calling it ‘The Great Whore,’ an ‘apostate church,’ the ‘anti-Christ,’ and a ‘false cult system.'” During an interview with National Public Radio, Hagee also blamed Hurricane Katrina on gays, saying the devastating storm “was, in fact, the judgment of God against … New Orleans.” The city, he continued, “had a level of sin that was offensive to God” because “there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came.” John McCain has accepted the blessing of “Pastor” John Hagee, who believes the Pope is the Anti-Christ, who believes Jews are responsible for their own suffering in history due to their failure to believe correctly, and who advocates starting a war with Iran in the Middle East to ‘hasten Armageddon’; and who calls Washington “the City of Satan”. Hagee also has said “God may already have sent hurricane Katrina to punish the U.S. for its role in helping Israel remove Jewish settlers from the Gaza strip” I guess it is acceptable to advocate mass murder and be a religious bigot. McCain has officially distanced himself from Hagee, but only after he was severely criticized for his association and had pointed a finger at Barack Obama over Obama’s association with “Pastor” Jeremiah Wright.

    HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: Despite McCain’s statement in 2000 that “Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right,” McCain spent more than a year actively seeking Hagee’s endorsement. In February 2008, McCain stated, “I’m very honored by Pastor John Hagee’s endorsement today.” Only after public outcry did McCain repudiate Hagee.

    Pastor Rod Parsley

    Parsley has stated that “Islam is an anti-Christ religion that intends through violence to conquer the world.” Parsley has further stated that “The fact is that America was founded — I’m gonna stagger you right now — America was founded in part with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed.” He also said that Mohammed received revelations from demon spirits.

    HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: McCain actively sought Parsley’s support to get evangelical votes. In February 2008, McCain stated, “I’m truly honored today to have one of one of the truly great leaders in America, a moral compass, a spiritual guide — Pastor Rod Parsley.” View Video. Again, after public outrage over Parsley, McCain was forced to repudiate him.

    Todd Palin

    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband, Todd, twice registered as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a fierce states’ rights group whose primary goal is for the state of Alaska to secede from the United States. Sarah Palin herself was never a member of the party, according to state officials. Founded in 1973 by Joe Vogler, Vogler stated, “I’m an Alaskan, not an American. I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.” “Keep up the good work,” Sarah Palin told members of the Alaskan Independence Party in a videotaped speech to their 2008 convention six months ago in Fairbanks. She wished the party luck on what she called its “inspiring convention.”

    HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: Todd Palin is the husband of McCain’s vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin has attended their conventions and Sarah Palin herself sent them a videotaped address for their 2008 convention, telling them to “keep up the good work.”

    Governor Sarah Palin (she’s tied to this through her husband)

    Governor Palin’s involvement with the pro-secession Alaskan Independence Party, to which husband Todd belonged, was also criticized. The Governor herself, in a March video message, told the organization to “keep up the good work.” Founder Joe Vogler, in 1993, intended to give a speech denouncing “American tyranny” at the United Nations with the sponsorship of Iran.

    Andrew McCain

    Andrew K. McCain, sat on the boards of Silver State Bank and of its parent, Silver State Bancorp, both in Nevada, but resigned in July citing “personal reasons,” corporate filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission show. Andrew McCain also was a member of the bank’s audit committee, responsible for oversight of the company’s accounting. Regulators on Friday, September 5, shut down Silver State Bank, saying the Nevada bank failed because of losses on soured loans, mainly in commercial real estate and land development.

    HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: Andrew McCain is John McCain’s son from his first marriage to Carol Shepp, the wife John McCain cheated on and left behind for Cindy Hensley.

    Joseph “Joe Bananas” Bonano

    In 1995, McCain sent birthday regards, and regrets for not attending, to Joseph “Joe Bananas” Bonano, the head of the New York Bonano crime family, who had retired to Arizona. Another politician to send regrets was Governor Fife Symington, who has since been kicked out of office and convicted of 7 felonies relating to fraud and extortion.

    Donald R. Diamond

    McCain has done political favors for real estate developer Donald R. Diamond. McCain stepped in to use his official clout to facilitate a sale of land that Diamond had wanted to obtain. Diamond got help through red tape in dealing with the Department of the Army because Mr. Diamond “had been very active with Senator McCain,” a partner said in a deposition. For McCain, who has staked two presidential campaigns on pledges to avoid even the appearance of corruption, this is another instance, like the Keating 5 Scandal in which McCain dispensed official favors for Mr. Diamond, a longtime political campaign donor of McCain’s and one of an elite group of donors called “Innovators,” because he raised more than $250,000 for McCain’s campaign. Mr. Diamond invites public officials aboard his flotilla of yachts and specializes in deals with the members of government in exchange for campaign donations.

    Vicki Iseman and her association with Paxon Telecom.

    McCain denied that he’d ever had an affair, much less a meeting with comely lobbyist Vicki Iseman and her client Lowell Paxon, even though he had been warned by his staff to back off for the sake of his risking public exposure of his being seen too often with Ms. Iseman. McCain denied he had any frequent association with Ms Iseman, even though he had admitted it in a legal deposition.

    Jack Abramoff

    Since August 2008, John McCain has stayed busy trying to escape his ties to criminal lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his shady lobbyist colleagues, including Randy Scheunemann and Ralph Reed. formerly of the Christian Coalition and involved with Karl Rove and Grover Norquist in shady influence peddling schemes to shake down clients to donate money to government officials… The McCain campaign has been trying to gloss over the details of Scheunemann’s swings between lobbying and advising McCain, often on issues of interest to recent clients, and attempting to excuse McCain’s enlistment of Abramoff crony Reed to raise money. But the McCain campaign can’t spin away Scheunemann’s shady ties, or his influence on McCain, and they’re not having any more success trying to escape the fallout over McCain’s refusal to cancel his Monday fundraiser with Reed.

    Randy Scheunemann

    Served as McCain’s campaign foreign policy advisor in 2000 and is back in 2008, despite lobbying in the interim. Until May, Scheunemann was lobbying for the Republic of Georgia – earning more than $800,000 in the process – yet now in August, he’s advising McCain on the conflict between Georgia and Russia. Scheunemann’s other notable lobbying stints include putting his McCain ties to use in 2006 advising Greenberg Traurig, Jack Abramoff’s former firm, as McCain served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, charged with investigating Abramoff. Ralph Reed: McCain has also enlisted Abramoff crony Ralph Reed to raise money for his campaign. Abramoff directed at least $4.2 million to Reed as he defrauded his clients, yet as chair, McCain never called Reed to testify before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs during the Abramoff investigation. Lately,Reed’s helping McCain fundraise, sending emails with the subject line “special invitation from Ralph Reed” to recruit donors to join him at McCain’s fundraiser in Atlanta – and McCain is ignoring calls from nonpartisan watchdog groups to cancel the fundraiser.

    Scheunemann and Reed are only two of the cast of McCain advisors and fundraisers who prove how deeply McCain embedded is in the Republican culture of corruption – and just how clear it is that McCain means more of the same old politics.

    Joe DioGuardi

    The Albanians collected one million dollars for the presidential campaign of this senator. Americans of Albanian heritage collected a million dollars in one evening for the presidential campaign of Republican Senator John McCain, said the Albanian American Civic League yesterday, the lobby group headed by former Congressman Joe DioGuardi. A reception for McCain was held January 22 at the Saint Regis Hotel in Manhatten, and the senator, who is now leading in the runoff for the Republican party candidacy in the November elections, cut his campaign in Florida by one day to attend this gathering. “Even in 1998 when we had problems with Milosevic, McCain did everything that we asked of him to the benefit of the Albanian people, including arming the KLA”, announced DioGuardi. “We are American Albanians and we need a leader who will strengthen this country… We must support John McCain because he did everything we asked of him for Kosovo, from supporting the Kosovo Liberation Army to supporting the independence of Kosovo. Two years ago he spoke in Brussels and said that independence is the only solution”, concluded this former congressman who has been fighting for the independence of Kosovo and Metohija for more than twenty years. He explained that the first thing McCain said to him when he entered the hotel in Manhatten on January 22: “Joe, I saw your people in Michigan, and in South Carolina and in New Hampshire”, from which this lobbyist deduced that all Americans of Albanian background will be voting for the senator from Arizona.

  3. geek says:

    Giving you an interview.

    She has been giving many laughs and others heartburn.

    Lord knows what she gave Senator Mc Cain to get the gig as VP, it certainly was not intelligent policy advice.

By all means, leave your 2 bobs worth

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