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Saturday, February 23

McCain: Against Lobbyists before he was for lobbyists?

Or something like that. Spread this around.

From the Washington Post The Anti-Lobbyist, Advised by Lobbyists we learn that McCain's top adviser, lobbyist Charlie Black, says he does his work by phone from the The Straight Talk Express (McCain's campaign bus.)
"...An angry and defiant McCain denounced the stories yesterday, declaring: "At no time have I ever done anything that would betray the public trust."

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.

Black said he is still being paid by his firm and does work for clients in his "spare time," recusing himself from lobbying McCain: "I not only do not lobby him [McCain], but if an issue comes up that I have a client on, I will tell him that and stay out of the discussion."
...snip...
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 interests 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.
I agree with Greg Sargent at TPM that this is key for understanding the big Times story. In fact, McCain is very tied to lobbies and special interests despite his protests. shame on him.

Pass me the popcorn, Wanderer.

hat tip to oddjob

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