John McCain’s (Continuing) Lobbyist Problem (UPDATED)

The Public Campaign Action Fund has released a new report on John McCain.

And the findings aren’t pretty:

One hundred and eighteen lobbyists aiding McCain’s campaign have received $496 million in lobbying contracts from domestic clients since 1998.McCain has received $1.2 million from lobbyists, their spouses, and their firm’s political action committees, and his 70 lobbyist-bundlers have raised at least $4.15 million for him so far.McCain has received more than $8.9 million from his lobbyists’ clients and their affiliated PACs.

If nothing else, this proves that John McCain is politically tone-deaf. At a time when corrupt lobbyists like Jack Abramoff are going to jail for peddling influence, buying votes and ripping off the American people, John McCain can’t help but take lobbyist money hand-over-fist and hire lobbyists to run his Presidential campaign.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama is refusing money from federal lobbyists and special interest PACs, and he’s now he’s made sure the Democratic National Committee follows the same rules.

Isn’t it time we took special interest money out of politics? Isn’t it time to start putting the people ahead of lobbyists? Isn’t it time we rejected money-hungry politicians like John McCain?

UPDATE: Then there’s this:

The McCain campaign is strongly denying the paper’s reporting that in 2005, a White House National Security Council staffer called John McCain’s Senate office to complain that [McCain campaign manager] Rick Davis’ lobbying firm was “undercutting American policy on Ukraine” by representing a Kremlin-backed politician….

The story also raises the possibility that Davis’ firm may have violated the anti-espionage Foreign Agents Registration Act, by failing to register work for Yanukovich with the U.S. government….

If the account of the NSC staffer’s call is true, it suggests McCain should have known about the work by Davis’ business — but installed him as campaign manager anyway.

[Emphasis Added]

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