John McCain Corruption Exposed Connections & Details Here



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FISA: McCain Supports Pro Industry Position, Raises Campaign Cash From Lobbyists

 

“I’ve never done any favors for anybody — lobbyist or special interest group — that’s a clear, 24-year record.”

— John McCain [Associated Press, 12/20/07]

 

McCain’s Top Advisers Ran “Secretive Lobbying Campaign” For Retroactive Immunity

 

Top McCain Aides Charlie Black & Wayne Berman Helped Run Campaign For Retroactive Immunity. Newsweek reported, “The nation’s biggest telecommunications companies, working closely with the White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress to quickly approve a measure wiping out all private lawsuits against them for assisting the U.S. intelligence community’s warrantless surveillance programs. … Working with them are a battery of major D.C. lobbyists and lawyers who are providing ‘strategic advice’ to the companies on the issue, according to sources familiar with the campaign who asked not to be identified talking about it.  Among the players, these sources said: powerhouse Republican lobbyists Charlie Black and Wayne Berman (who represent AT&T and Verizon, respectively.”  Both Black and Berman declined comment for the story. [Newsweek, 9/26/07, emphasis added]

 

  • Black And Berman Are Top McCain Aides. Charlie Black is McCain’s senior political adviser, and Wayne Berman is McCain’s national finance co-chairman. When Newsweek identified both men as leading the fight for retroactive immunity, both were already working for McCain.  In April 2007, the Boston Globe referred to Berman as “a senior McCain adviser,” and the New York Times referred to Black as a McCain adviser in early July 2007. [Boston Globe, 4/26/07; New York Times, 7/3/07; Newsweek, 9/26/07]

 

  • Charlie Black Admitted Making Lobbying Calls From McCain Campaign Bus. The Washington Post reported that “But even as Black provides a private voice and a public face for McCain, he also leads his lobbying firm, which offers corporate interests and foreign governments the promise of access to the most powerful lawmakers. Some of those companies have interest before the Senate and, in particular, the Commerce Committee, of which McCain is a member.  Black said he does a lot of his work by telephone from McCain’s Straight Talk Express bus.” [Washington Post, 2/22/08]

 

Surprise, Surprise: McCain Sided With Bush And His Telecom Lobbyists

 

McCain Voted To Protect Telecom Companies That Violated Customers’ Privacy By Releasing Personal Information. After skipping all but one previous vote in 2008, McCain showed up in the Senate on February 12 to vote on S. 2248, the FISA Amendments Act of 2007.  McCain voted for final passage of the legislation, which provided retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the Bush Administration’s illegal, warrantless eavesdropping and wiretapping of American citizens. [S. 2248, Vote # 20, 2/12/2008]

 

  • McCain Voted For Retroactive Immunity For Telecom Executives. Prior to voting for passage of the FISA bill, McCain voted against an amendment offered by Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) that would have eliminated provisions in the bill providing retroactive immunity to telecom companies. [S. 2248, Vote # 15, 2/12/2008]

 

McCain Refused To Comment On Telecom Immunity Vote.  According to the Boston Globe, “McCain did not explain his vote to give retroactive immunity to the telecommunications companies, and neither the McCain campaign nor his Senate office responded to questions about the issue.” [Boston Globe, 2/16/08]

 

McCain Has Funded His Campaign With Millions From The Telecom Industry

 

Telecom Contributions: McCain has Taken Over $1.5 Million From The Telecom Industry. According to a Campaign Money Watch analysis of campaign finance data provided by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics Center, John McCain, the former chairman of the committee of jurisdiction over the telecom industry, has accepted at least $1,527,648 from the Telecom Services & Equipment and Telephone Utilities industries since 1989. [Center for Responsive Politics via Campaign Money Watch]

 

  • AT&T Has Given McCain $431,355 In Campaign Cash. According to a Campaign Money Watch analysis of campaign finance data provided by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics Center, John McCain has accepted $431,355 from AT&T. [Center for Responsive Politics via Campaign Money Watch]

 

  • Verizon Has Given McCain $160,350 In Campaign Cash. According to a Campaign Money Watch analysis of campaign finance data provided by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics Center, John McCain has accepted $160,350 from Verizon Communications. [Center for Responsive Politics via Campaign Money Watch]

 

McCain’s Campaign Tied To Telecom Industry Lobbyists

 

AT&T Executive & Lobbyist Is Top McCain Fundraiser. Tim McKone, AT&T’s executive vice president for federal relations, is a top McCain fundraiser and one of his bundlers.  As a bundler, McKone is responsible for raising tens of thousands – if not hundreds of thousands of dollars – for McCain’s presidential campaign.  McKone has personally contributed the maximum – $4,600 – to McCain’s 2008 presidential bid, and has contributed thousands to his previous campaigns. [FEC, accessed 2/12/2008; Washington Post, 12/1/2005; JohnMcCain.com, accessed 6/20/08; Public Citizen, accessed 6/20/08]

 

At Least 21 AT&T Lobbyists Are Involved With McCain’s Campaign. McCain has at least 21 AT&T lobbyists running his campaign, as top advisers, or raising money for him.  These lobbyists include Charlie Black, his top political adviser; Frank Donatelli, the man he tapped to run his efforts at the RNC; Susan Nelson, his national finance director; Richard Williamson, a senior adviser and fundraiser; and two aides forced to leave their official roles because of lobbying ties, former regional campaign manager Doug Davenport and former national co-chairman Tom Loeffler. [Senate Lobbying Disclosure Records, accessed 6/2008]

 

At Least 18 Verizon Lobbyists Involved With McCain’s Campaign. McCain has at least 18 Verizon lobbyists running his campaign, as top advisers or raising money for him.  These lobbyists include Rick Davis, his campaign manager; Wayne Berman, his national finance co-chairman; Susan Nelson, his national finance director, Frank Donatelli, the man he tapped to run his efforts at the RNC; Christian Ferry, his deputy campaign manager; and James Courter, a national finance co-chairman. [Senate Lobbying Disclosure Records, accessed 6/2008]

 

McCain’s Lobbyists Who Have Worked For The Top Telecom Companies

 

CompanyNumber of McCain LobbyistsLobbyist Name & Campaign Role
AT&T21Philmore Anderson – Fundraiser

Wayne Berman – National Finance Co-Chairman

Judy Black – Fundraiser

Charlie Black – Senior Political Adviser

Kirsten Chadwick – Fundraiser

Bryan Cunningham – Fundraiser

Doug Davenport – Fundraiser; Fmr. Reg. Campaign Mgr.

Frank Donatelli – Deputy RNC Chairman

Samuel Geduldig – Fundraiser

Juleanna Glover Weiss – Fundraiser

John Green – Congressional Liaison

Kristen Gullott – Women for McCain Steering Committee

Tom Loeffler – Fundraiser; Former National Chairman

Paul Martino – Fundraiser

Tim McKone – Fundraiser

Susan Nelson – National Finance Director

Steve Perry – Fundraiser

James Pitts – Fundraiser

John Timmons – Fundraiser & Adviser

Vin Weber – Fundraiser

Richard Williamson – Senior Adviser & Fundraiser

Verizon Communications18Wayne Berman – National Finance Co-Chairman

James Courter – National Finance Co-Chairman

Bryan Cunningham – Fundraiser

Doug Davenport – Fundraiser; Fmr. Reg. Campaign Mgr.

Rick Davis – Campaign Manager

Mimi Dawson – Women for McCain Steering Committee

Frank Donatelli – Deputy RNC Chairman

Christian Ferry – Deputy Campaign Manager

Samuel Geduldig – Fundraiser

John Green – Congressional Liaison

Vicki Hart – Women for McCain Steering Committee

Nancy Johnson – Fundraiser

Peter Madigan – Fundraiser

Mike McKay – Fundraiser

Susan Molinari – Women for McCain Steering Committee

Susan Nelson – National Finance Director

Jack Oliver – Fundraiser

James Pitts – Fundraiser

Sprint Nextel6Judy Black – Fundraiser

Kirk Blalock – Fundraiser

Kirsten Chadwick – Fundraiser

Aleix Jarvis – Fundraiser

Alison McSlarrow – Fundriaser

Elise Pickering – Women for McCain Steering Committee

Qwest Communications4Bryan Cunningham – Fundraiser

Samuel Geduldig – Fundraiser

Alison McSlarrow – Fundraiser

Steve Phillips – Fundraiser

Motorola9Wayne Berman – National Finance Co-Chairman

Carlos Bonilla – Former Economics Adviser

Bryan Cunningham – Fundraiser

Mimi Dawson – Fundraiser

Melissa Edwards – Fundraiser

John Green – Congressional Liaison

Tom Loeffler – Fundraiser & Former National Co-Chairman

Susan Molinari – Women for McCain Steering Committee

Timothy Powers – Fundraiser

National Cable & Telecom Association6Judy Black – Fundraiser

Carlos Bonilla – Former Economic Adviser

Aleix Jarvis – Fundraiser

Gail MacKinnon – Women for McCain Steering Committee

Kyle McSlarrow – Fundraiser

Susan Molinari – Women for McCain Steering Committee

U.S. Telecom Association2John Green – Congressional Liaison

Peter Madigan – Fundraiser

 


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