The Money Whore

So, you thought McCain was a stand-up guy. You thought of all of them, he was best suited for office? Wrong, he’s the biggest money hooker of them all. OK, so whore sounds better, but a hooker gets paid for it. Come up with the right amount and I’m sure he would do anything for it. I’ve no respect for this guy.

From CommonDreams.org I bring you this well written article:

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

by David Sirota

I’ll admit it: I used to admire John McCain.

To paraphrase the UFO poster from “The X-Files,” I wanted to believe.

Specifically, I wanted to believe the guy talking tough about campaign finance reform was committed to getting money out of politics. This was the Arizona senator who in 2002 taped a radio ad praising his state’s “clean elections” system. It provides public money to candidates so they don’t have to finance campaigns with corporate contributionsthe kind given in exchange for legislative favors. McCain’s support for clean elections, I thought, proved he wanted to end corruption.

But by the time the senator showed up here in Colorado last week for a fundraiser at Denver’s Petroleum Club, I knew I had been duped.

As The Washington Post reports, McCain is now “assiduously courting both lobbyists and their wealthy clients, offering them private audiences as part of his fundraising.” He has more lobbyists as fundraisers than any other White House contender, and he allows lobbyists to simultaneously work in his campaign and represent business clients. In fact, the Post reported that his chief adviser “said he does a lot of his [lobbying] work by telephone from McCain’s Straight Talk Express bus.”

Such antics have run that “Straight Talk Express” into the ditch of hypocrisy. Just look at McCain’s actions on two huge issues: energy and campaign finance reform.

While McCain prepared his presidential run in 2005, a bill came up to permit drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). McCain-the “maverick” who voted to prevent ANWR drilling in 2003-sided with the oil industry and reversed his vote. He has since signed on more than a dozen staffers and fundraisers who have represented energy interests, while his presidential campaign has been rewarded with $393,000 from the oil and gas industry.

Likewise, Democrats in 2006 authored legislation to implement a version of Arizona’s clean elections system at the federal level. McCain, who previously told PBS the system could be a national model, “dismissed the proposal with a flat ‘no,’ ” according to The Hill newspaper. As the nonpartisan Public Campaign Action Fund reports, McCain is the only current presidential candidate refusing to support public financing of elections.

That bill would be 8-2-07 Lobbying and Donation Regulation Vote = No

It is 3/4 down the page. They have done some upgrading on VoteSmart.org so you have to look carefully, but that is the way it is listed. Here is a short synopsis from VoteSmart:

Vote to pass a bill that increases regulations on Members of Congress regarding lobbyists and donations.

Official Title of Legislation:

S 1: A bill to provide greater transparency in the legislative process.

Highlights:

Increases the mandatory waiting period before becoming a lobbyist to two years after leaving office for former Senators and senior executive personnel, one year for former members of the House of Representatives, and one year for officers and staff of the Senate [Title I (Sec. 101)].

Requires that every six months lobbyists disclose all donations made to Federal candidates or officeholders, leadership Political Action Committees (PAC’s), or political party committees that were greater than or equal to $200 [Title II (Sec. 203 [a])].

Requires candidate committees, leadership PAC’s, and political party committees to disclose bundled contributions by a lobbyist totaling over $15,000 within a six-month period [Title II (Sec. 204)].

-Prohibits members of the House from participating in events that honor them at the presidential nominating convention for the party in which they belong if the event is directly paid for by a registered lobbyist unless they are a candidate for president or vice president at the convention [Title III (Sec. 305)].

Prohibits any member of Congress from participating in the Civil Service Retirement System if convicted of bribery, fraud, perjury, corruption, conspiracy or other related offenses [Title IV (Sec. 401 [a])].

-Requires a Senator who intends to object to proceeding to a measure to submit a notice of intent in writing to the Majority or Minority leader and, no less than six session days after the submission of the notice, submit a notice to the Congressional Record that states the Senator’s objection and details the reasons [Title V (Sec. 512)].

Requires that Senators who submit earmark requests on a bill or committee report be identified as the sponsor of their requests on a publicly accessible congressional website at least 48 hours before the item comes to a vote [Tile V (Sec. 521)].

-Requires that Senators, candidates for Senate, or Presidential candidates using non-commercial air travel pay the fair market value of the usual charter fare or rental charge for a comparable plane of comparable size[Title VI (Sec. 601)].

Prohibits House members and candidates from accepting travel on an aircraft unless it is operated by a commercial carrier, an entity of the Federal government, or the government of any state [Title VI (Sec. 601)].

Link to Legislation: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:s1:

Senate Passage: 01/18/2007 : Bill Passed 96 – 2 (Record Vote Number 19)

House Passage With Amendment: 07/31/2007 : Bill Passed: 411 – 8 (Roll no. 763)
NOTE: CONSIDERED UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE RULES. TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY OF THOSE PRESENT AND VOTING WAS REQUIRED FOR PASSAGE.

Senate Concurrence Vote: 08/02/2007 : Concurrence Vote Passed 83 – 14 (Record Vote Number 294)

Presidential Passage: 09/14/2007 : Signed Became Public Law Number 110-081

PVS provides summaries for each version of the bill selected as a key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill. For further status information, call the Voter’s Research Hotline at 1-888-VOTE-SMART (1-888-868-3762).

As you can see, that wasn’t to McCain’s liking. Transparency? Not on his watch! Be careful who you vote for and what they stand for. Now, back to the article:

Then again, McCain’s flip-flopping is likely the re-emergence of the real McCain-the longtime corporate crony.

For example, before voting against Arctic drilling in 2003, McCain voted to support such drilling in 1995 (yes, the “straight talker” was first for it, then against it, then for it again).

Additionally, McCain may have presented himself in 2000 as the crusader against corruption and in 2002 as a champion of clean elections, but he was originally a member of the Keating Five-the senators involved in an influence -peddling scheme during the savings and loan meltdown of the 1980s.

Now, rushing to build a war chest, McCain is doing everything short of putting a For Sale sign on his forehead. During a nationwide fundraising tour, he was showered with big donations after defending the lobbyist-written trade policies that have driven down wages. He is sure to raise even more cash as he shows his Keating Five roots when shilling for the financial industry. Last week, approaching the 21st anniversary of that scandal, McCain followed the advice of banking-executive-turned-campaign-adviser Phil Gramm and demanded that Congress oppose new Wall Street regulations in the wake of the credit crisis.

I wonder what his bottom line is or if he has one? Is there a place McCain won’t go? Does he have ANY standards? Obviously he can’t go around on his knees all the time, but that carpet must be getting awfully rough about now. Read on.

Indeed, this reversion to form is McCain’s catharsis of corruption, proving the senator is just another hired gun. In so publicly embracing Big Money, his message has become a series of embarrassing admissions-a campaign version of the book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.” There is just one difference: This Arizona hit man expresses absolutely no remorse.

David Sirota is a bestselling author whose newest book, “The Uprising,” will be released in June of 2008. He is a fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future and a board member of the Progressive States Network-both nonpartisan organizations. His blog is at www.credoaction.com/sirota.

© 2008 Creators Syndicate Inc.

I’ve said all along McCain is a money whore and a liar. Give him enough money and he will absolutely do what you tell him to do. How’s that for a guy who wants to sit in the White House? Just where do you think our country will be then? Is any of this getting through? My article on McCain’s voting habits only went back to 2007 so I couldn’t show you all the times he has flipped one way, only to reverse himself the next time. And there are all those NV, (didn’t vote at all either yes or no), to take into account. Sitting on the fence on an issue because it is in direct conflict with those you are taking money from is bad for US! McCain doesn’t vote the will of We the People, he votes however the money blows…

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~ by justmytruth on April 5, 2008.

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