McCain Lobbyist Scandal Explodes (links)

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A Fifth Top Aide To McCain Resigns (Washington Post 5/19/08)
By Michael D. Shear; A01
Tom Loeffler, the national finance co-chairman for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, resigned yesterday because of his lobbying ties, a campaign adviser said. He is the fifth person to sever ties with the campaign amid a growing concern over whether lobbyists have too great an influence over the Republican nominee.

John McCain advisor Thomas Loeffler steps down over lobbying role (LA Times 5/19/08)
By Dan Morain
The campaign, concerned about McCain’s reformer image, wants lobbyists working for his candidacy to cut ties to their firms or leave the team.,0,6560530.story

A top adviser overseeing finances for Republican John McCain’s presidential campaign has quit over his ties with lobbying, a campaign official said yesterday.

A Top McCain Aide Quits (WSJ 5/18/08)
By Elizabeth Holmes
The McCain campaign lost another top aide Sunday over ties to lobbying, the fourth such departure in less than two weeks. Thomas Loeffler, a former U.S. representative from Texas, resigned from his post as a national finance committee and campaign co-chairman, a campaign spokesman confirmed Sunday.

Obama hits McCain lobbyist purge; also spoke to Kennedy (Politico blog 5/18/08)
By Ben Smith
…Obama weighed in today on Sen. John McCain losing a fifth member of his campaign team over the lobbying ties and other interests. “It appears that John McCain is very much a creature of Washington and one of the things that we’ve said from the outset of this campaign is that if we’re gonna change policies, if we’re gonna deliver on universal health care or have an energy policy that over the long term can bring down gas prices that we were gonna have to change how Washington works,” Obama told reporters Sunday at an ice cream shop in Milwaukie, Ore.

Annoyed at lobbyist issue, McCain camp plays Ayers card (Politico blog 5/18/08)
By Jonathan Martin
Aggravated over persistent questions surrounding their new policy on lobbyists working for the campaign, Team McCain sought to change the topic tonight by raising Barack Obama’s ties to a 60s-era radical.

In Effort to Avoid Conflicts, McCain Issues New Rules for Staff (NY Times 5/17/08)
After expelling four advisers in the last week over concerns about their outside entanglements, Senator John McCain said Friday that his presidential campaign was beginning a new “vetting process” intended to end the embarrassments over staff ties to private interests, foreign governments or independent political groups.

Charlie Black On His Lobbying Career (Atlantic Online 5/17/08)
By Marc Ambinder
“I’m not ashamed of anything the firm did,” McCain adviser Charlie Black says of his days as the principle in one of Washington’s most influential lobbying firms. “If they want to use it to fire up the left wing, well, that’s fine.”

McCain’s Lobbyist Scandals Prompt Additional Scrutiny (Huffington Post 5/16/08)
John McCain’s chief strategist Charlie Black isn’t losing any sleep about his firm’s involvements with some of the worst dictators and human rights abusers in the world. Responding to a MoveOn video seeking to have Black removed from McCain’s campaign, the lobbyist-turned-adviser had this to say:


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