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Posted on February 28th, 2008 by ZP Heller - Comments -

Media Matters just posted a very thorough piece on McCain's lobbyist ties, complete with gems like these:

  • Lobbyist fundraisers. Two of the co-chairmen of McCain's national finance committee were registered to lobby Congress as of year-end 2007 (the latest disclosure data available), and a third previously lobbied Congress. Another co-chairmen is one of Florida's "most powerful lobbyists" (St. Petersburg Times, 10/1/06).
  • Lobbyist advisers and staffers. At least 24 McCain staffers or advisers were either registered to lobby Congress (as of year-end 2007) or were previously lobbyists, according to a Media Matters review.

The report goes on to dissect the media's love with "the straight-talking maverick."  The mainstream press has tried to paint McCain as the anti-lobbyist candidate, but as HuffPo political editor Thomas Edsall reported,  the McCain's campaign has "11 current or former lobbyists working for or advising McCain, at least double the number in any other [presidential] campaign."  And this just scratches the surface…

McCain has surrounded himself with lobbyists at every level of his campaign.

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