While John McCain says he’s a defender of democracy, it appears some of the folks running his campaign may have been playing for the other team. Two of McCain’s senior campaign staff were forced to resign last month after revelations that their lobbying firm had been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to represent Burma’s brutal military dictatorship. And it gets worse—turns out this sort of thing goes all the way to the top. It has been reported that Charlie Black, McCain’s campaign chairman, ran a lobbying firm that has represented some pretty bad actors on the international stage. Also, I am told that Charlie Black has represented war profiteer Blackwater and some others with financial ties to the war in Iraq. Clearly, those sorts of ties make you wonder about the key folks surrounding the Arizona Senator.
Last month, we wrote about all of the lobbyists who are actually running the McCain campaign. Including Charlie Black, there were 112 lobbyists running the campaign, but their number is getting smaller. The bottom line is simply that John McCain’s inner circle is filled with lobbyists who have worked for forces the GOP standard bearer now claims to be against. Having folks who have ties to the powerful special interests running the show is bad enough, but when many of them have worked for foreign interests like those described above, there is real reason for concern.
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