Report Details McCain's Ties to 177 Washington Lobbyists
and What That Means to American Families
 

MADISON – The Democratic Party of Wisconsin today released a 65-page report illustrating that after 26 years in Washington, John McCain’s cozy relationships with his lobbyist campaign advisors and fundraisers and the backroom deals he's been involved with have harmed Americans and cost America jobs.

"This analysis makes it crystal clear that despite his campaign's claims that John McCain 'doesn't run with the Washington herd,' the opposite is true," said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.  "McCain's Washington herd is made up of more than 170 lobbyists who run his campaign, and who would run the White House under a McCain Administration, as they did under George Bush. That's not the change the American people want and deserve.  It's just more of the same lobbyist-led politics that we've seen over eight years of Republican rule, and that's a risk Wisconsin families just can't afford."

The report, prepared by the Democratic National Committee, shows that while John McCain is trying to recast himself as a reformer, he just recently named long-time Washington lobbyist William E. Timmons, Sr. as his senior advisor for a possible McCain Presidential transition team.  Time wrote, "By tapping Timmons, McCain has turned to one of Washington's steadiest and most senior inside players to guide him in the event of a victory, but also to someone who would represent the antithesis of the kind of outside-of-Washington change he has recently been promising." [Source: Time, 9/12/08; Senate Office of Public Records].

The report, entitled "No Reformer: McCain Puts Lobbyists First While Americans Struggle," outlines what four more years under McCain's industry-driven policy and insider politics would mean for Americans. 

The three-part report begins with an executive summary outlining McCain's ties to special interests and their disastrous implications for Americans on everything from the economy to foreign policy.  A "By the Numbers" section quantifies McCain's ties to lobbyists (177 lobbyists advising him or fundraising for the campaign), McCain's lobbyists' earnings (more than $930 million), and campaign contributions to McCain from his lobbyists' clients (nearly $12 million).

The second section – “McCain Lobbyists, Inc." – highlights the dishonorable ties and deeds of McCain's top lobbyist-advisors: Rick Davis, Charlie Black, Phil Gramm, Randy Scheunemann, Nancy Pfotenhauer, Frank Donatelli, John Green, and Wayne Berman. The section also features key details on these would-be McCain Administration members' clients, ranging from oil and gas industry giants to foreign dictators and despots guilty of murder and egregious human rights violations.

The final section analyzes the impact of Bush's industry-driven policies over the past eight years and what four more years of an Administration that puts lobbyists first will mean for Americans. An appendix lists the lobbyists and clients behind the McCain campaign in full and by industry to expose who's really driving the "Straight-Talk Express."

To download the full report, click on the following link:
http://www.democrats.org/page/-/pdf/noreformer.pdf.