BREAKING: John McCain LINKED to SUSPICIOUS DEATHS?

McCain Accepted $689,704 from the Lobbying Industry. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, McCain accepted $689,704 from the lobbying industry.

• McCain Voted Against Landmark Ethics Bill. In 2007, McCain voted against the final version of S. 1, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, which required disclosure of bundled campaign contributions over $15,000 in a six-month period, institute a two-year waiting period for former senators to become lobbyists, require quarterly lobbying disclosure reports, deny congressional pensions to members who’ve committed certain felonies, require senators and candidates to pay for charter planes, and alter House and Senate rules. McCain was one of only 14 Senators (all Republicans) to oppose the legislation. Senators Obama and Clinton both voted for it. The legislation passed 83-14. [S. 1, Vote #294, 8/2/2007]

• McCain Voted to Weaken New Lobbying Disclosure Rules. In 2007, McCain voted for an amendment to the ethics and lobbying overhaul legislation that eliminated requirements for grassroots lobbying organizations to disclose their fundraising activities. Both Senators Obama and Clinton voted against the amendment. The amendment passed 55-43. [S 1, Vote #17, 1/18/2007]

• McCain Voted Against Expanding Lobbyist Gift and Meal Ban. In 2006, McCain voted to kill an amendment that would have expanded the definition of a lobbyist, as it relates to the gift and meal ban, to include not only an organization or person required to register as a lobbyist, but any employee of a registered lobbyist. Senators Obama and Clinton both voted in favor of the amendment. The motion to kill the amendment passed 68-30. [S 2349, Vote #80, 3/29/2006]

• McCain Led Effort to Maintain Lobbyist Donations. In 2001, McCain made a motion to kill an amendment that would ban members of the House and Senate from accepting contributions from a registered lobbyist, lobbyist employee or lobbyist PAC while Congress is in session. McCain’s motion to kill this amendment passed 74-25. [S 27, Vote #40, 3/20/2001] Defense McCain Accepted $443,869 from Defense Industry. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, McCain has accepted $443,869 from the defense industry. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 1/18/08]

• McCain Voted Against Allowing Competition For Defense Contracts. In 2002, McCain voted to kill a Kennedy amendment that would allow private and public agencies to compete for new Defense Department contracts based on current department standards. It also would codify a contracting prohibition on work currently performed in the public sector unless the agency can show a savings of at least 10 percent. Motion to table passed 50-49. [S2514, Vote #162, 6/25/2002]

• McCain Voted Against Stricter Penalties For War Profiteering And Fraud. In 2004, McCain against the Leahy amendment that would make profiteering on contracts in connection with military or rebuilding activities in Iraq, Afghanistan or other countries punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison and $1 million in fines. Amendment rejected 46-52. [S 2400, Vote #120, 6/16/04]

• McCain Voted To Protect Administration War Profiteering. In 2003, McCain voted against prohibiting the use of Iraqi reconstruction funds for any contract or financial agreement with an entity that pays deferred compensation to the president, the vice president, or a Cabinet-level official, or any entity in which the president, vice president, or Cabinet-level official holds options to purchase more than 1,000 shares of stock. It would be effective 90 days after the bill’s enactment. Motion to table passed 65-34. [S 1689, Vote #386, 10/16/03]

McCain Accepted $447,962 from Oil & Gas Industry. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, McCain has accepted $447,962 from the oil and gas industry. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 1/08/08]

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