In the May issue, we wrote about all of the lobbyists running the McCain campaign and we have updated the story for this month. McCain’s national finance co-chairman has now stepped down, which will be hard to explain. Former Texas Rep. Thomas G. Loeffler, one of McCain’s key fundraisers, resigned in the wake of a “new McCain policy” on conflicts of interest that requires campaign volunteers to disclose their lobbying connections. Loeffler, who runs The Loeffler Group, a lobbying shop, is the highest profile departure from McCain’s inner circle. Maybe the Senator should check a little more closely before he brings in folks to run his show. For example, Loeffler’s firm has lobbied for other foreign interests and foreign governments. His firm was paid $15 million by Saudi Arabia. It was reported in a Newsweek article that Loeffler listed meeting McCain along with the Saudi ambassador to “discuss US-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia relations,” even though Loeffler had told a reporter earlier that he had not discussed his clients with McCain.
Senator McCain’s new policy prohibits any staffer on the campaign from being a registered lobbyist or foreign agent. Part-time volunteers for the campaigns must disclose whether they are registered lobbyists or lobbying on behalf of foreign entities. This is sort of like “shutting the barn door after the horses get out!”
Source: Associated Press and Newsweek
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