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Lobbyist Boasts about Conducting Business on McCain's Straight Talk Express

A hat tip to Steve Benen and the website of John McCain - Lobbying and Ethics Reform-

Stop the revolving door and restore ethics. America deserves and demands a government that serves the country, not itself. Most people believe that elected leaders are more interested in the perks and privileges of office than in public service, and that too often the special interest lobbyists with the fattest wallets and best access carry the day when issues of public policy are being decided.

"A democratic government operates best in the disinfecting light of the public eye. Ethics and transparency are not election year buzz words; they are the obligations of democracy and the duties of honorable public service."

You might forgiven if you thought that the last quote was from Barack Obama. It is indeed, from Senator John McCain. That and the background mesage of the revolving door lobbyists were from his own site. Well it is no revolving door with John McCain. He has more lobbyists working for him than any other candidate, and most of his key campaign aides are uber-lobbyists who haven't even bothered to leave their former employers and continue do their lobbying for their clients even while aboard the Straight Talk Express.

His campaign manager, Rick Davis, co-founded a lobbying firm whose clients have included Verizon and SBC Telecommunications.

Senior advisers Steve Schmidt and Mark McKinnon work for firms that have lobbied for Land O' Lakes, UST Public Affairs, Dell and Fannie Mae.

His chief political adviser, Charles R. Black Jr., is chairman of one of Washington's lobbying powerhouses, BKSH and Associates, which has represented AT&T, Alcoa, JPMorgan and U.S. Airways.

Even before McCain finished his news conference, uber-lobbyist Black made the rounds of television networks to defend McCain against charges that he has been tainted by his relationship with a lobbyist. Black's current clients include General Motors, United Technologies, JPMorgan and AT&T.

Some of those companies have interests before the Senate and, in particular, the Commerce Committee, of which McCain is a member.

Black said he does a lot of his (lobby) work by telephone from McCain's Straight Talk Express bus

What was that his website- says-"special interest lobbyists with the fattest wallets and best access carry the day when issues of public policy are being decided," except for John McCains 'honorable' friends, who are practically sitting in the lap of John McCain when they ride the bus doing their public and private business together. Let's hope that they know the difference and would never do anything 'inappropriate'.

For a very amusing look at 'mccains-cronies-ya-gotta-have-friends' see McCain's "my friends" video...This was taken from the real John McCain, "I've got to give you some straight talk. I'm the only one the special interests don't give any money to." They don't have to.

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