Presidential ambition dims McCain’s support of campaign finance reform

You’d think that in the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal Sen. John McCain’s commitment to campaign finance reform would be stronger than ever. Well, not exactly, according to former TNT correspondent Ken Vogel, now writing for the Capitol Hill startup The Politico, who reports that McCain has been vacillating on his signature issue as he tries to thread the political needle of his presidential campaign.

Last session McCain co-sponsored a bill cracking down on 527 groups, but this session seemed to be backing away from it. Then all of a sudden, he’s sponsoring it again. And that’s not his only wavering.

This session, however, McCain has declined to support two other campaign finance measures that reformers consider priorities: one would expand the public financing system for presidential elections, and another would require grassroots organizations to disclose their funding and expenditures.

His lack of support for both worried campaign finance reformers who have considered him a champion of their cause.

McCain “has been supporting reform efforts for so long and has taken on the whole world when it comes to reform drives in Congress, so I’m convinced he truly believes in it,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist on campaign finance for Public Citizen.

“But it’s very unfortunate that when it comes around to his presidential bid he’s suddenly backing off, especially at such a critical moment. This is the year in which we’re actually going to get some sweeping lobbying and ethics reform legislation, and he’s not working with us on that,” Holman said, adding that McCain’s staff over the last few months had become unresponsive to entreaties to support campaign finance reforms.

[…] One campaign finance reformer who has supported McCain’s campaign finance efforts said his recent equivocation should be understood in the context of the campaign. The people whose support McCain needs don’t count campaign finance as among their top issues, the reformer said, adding “some of the people hate McCain-Feingold and he’s not going to run from it. I don’t think he could, but he won’t try to.”

“There’s going to be ongoing tension between his interest in campaign finance reform and the political reality that some of the people he’s trying to reach are not interested in that issue.”

Well, so much for the Straight Talk Express.


  1. 1

    RightEqualsStupid spews:

    Now that some of the chief liars for the GOP are going to have to testify under oath, we may be starting a regular train to the federal prison for all those convicted of lying under oath.

    The right is in BIG fucking trouble and they’re on the edge of a fucking wipeout here. America is tired of them. Baby Bush’s approval is 24% and even some GOP members are starting to bolt. God I love this country. Sucks to be a right winger!

  2. 2


    McCain cooked his own goose when he backed Bush’s troop surge/escalation and suggested we needed more troops than what Bush was sending.

    Let us review:

    1. Over two thirds of Americans, you know… the people who elect the president, want us to redeploy (I love using talking point language) the troops back to the homeland. They are against the troop surge.

    2. Over two thirds of Americans, the same ones mentioned in item 1, think this president is full of shit, not doing a good job and screwing the pooch in Iraq. They are against the troop surge.

    3. John McCain comes out swinging for the fences in defense of a president whose popularity is no longer in the toilet, but now resides in the deep recesses of the sewers after the flushing that occured on November 7, 2006.

    John McCain has, without the help of anyone, completely destroyed any hope, no matter how infinitesimal that hope may have been, and shoved it up his own ass. He apparentely missed the memo containing the talking points listed in items 1 and 2 above.

    Funny how that works.

  3. 3

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    John McCain: Day late and a dollar short. Courts the religeous right just about when even the righties are sick of kowtowing to these Neanderthalian dimwits.

  4. 4

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    re 1: We need to render them to some secret prison and torture the truth out of them.

    What’s good for the goose …

  5. 5


    Yep, it is Saturday and I am posting away. It must be sundown somewhere.

    Beginning to wonder if Goldy has banned/blocked, cast out, deported, discarded, discharged, dislodged, dismissed, dispeled, driven away, ejected, eliminated, eradicated, evicted, excluded, excommunicated, exiled, expatriated, expulsed, extradited, isolated, ostracized, ousted, outlawed, proscribed, relegated, removed, rusticated, sequestered, shook offor shut out our friend auntie.

    By the way, I SWEAR on my mothers soul, that I did not use a thesaurus to write any part of this post. Not even for one word. Nope, I did it myself. Alone. No help. Just sat here and alphabetically typed the words above. In fact, honest, some of my friends call me the human thesaurus. They are always calling me to give them word alternatives.

    No, really, I am serious.

    That is my story. I am sticking to it.

  6. 6

    Kiroking spews:

    Left Nut

    What is an offor? Maybe you should have used a spell checker though…..

    Come on Word Wizard, is that a typo?????

  7. 7


    numb nuts at 6:

    It is indeed a typo. Very good, I see you are learning. A space is missing. Most moe-rons, you are an exception, would be able to see that and self correct it. OFF OR was the intent, no misspelling.

    I am sorry to have confused what is left of your pharmaceutically augmented mind.

    Love and Peace

  8. 8

    Kiroking spews:


    Truly a mispelling, as offor is not a word. By using “offor” the context was skewed.

    I will agree this once, that Auntie has been rather vulgar lately, even for HA standards.

  9. 9

    John Barelli spews:

    My left foot at 5:

    Could we add exorsized? That really seems the appropriate word.

    Poor pitiful little auntie-liberal. I actually feel sorry for the poor dweeb. He(?) has so much anger and hatred running through him. We can turn it off and walk away from it. He’s stuck with himself.

    It really sucks to be him.

  10. 10


    I can get down in the gutter too. I have never denied that. I can say I have not stepped quite that far over the line. The Jew thing he has going is out of control.

    By the way, the post with the intentional misspellings was pretty good. I will admit that this one time.

  11. 11


    10 is for kiroking, sorry.

    John Barelli @ 9:

    Great addition. It really does fit him/her to a tee/tea/T.

    I am convinced that the “sucks to be you” line is what sent the poor soul over the edge. I understand because I have a trigger word too. And it is not Jew, even if not capitalized.


  12. 13


    fakeimposter dug @ 12:

    No, fakeimposter dug, you may not fuck your mother. That is incest and is just plain wrong. Even in the West Virginia coal mining towns.

    Go back to pulling on your pud. That is as safe as sex can get. You will thank me later for the advice.

    Your pal

    The Real and True Dug

  13. 16

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    Gotta go work-out now. I wanna be ready in ’08 when the rethugs resort to physical intimidation.

    I will kick some Rethug butt when they try that. This ain’t Florida. There’s not a bunch of retirees here.

    I am going to crank up the Culture Club and dance my ass off!

  14. 18

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    Ya gotta love it. . .the Righties devouring their own. . .Cheney to testify for Scooter. . .The Scooters /\Shooter?
    Then we will be treated to Jeff Gannon/Guckert’s BF, Mr Groovey (The debbil made me do it)Rove.
    Cheney will have to explain that memo he sent saying he would not protect one staffer over another. . .
    Too hilarious.

  15. 19

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Ambition has done more than that to McCain; it has clouded everything he ever told us he stood for. McCain is proving himself to be just another opportunist willing to kiss the fundies’ butts to get his claws into the Nazi Party nomination.

  16. 22

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @6 “What is an offor?”

    Two words missing the space between them. C’mon, genius, you should be able to figure it out.

  17. 23

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @8 I don’t see what all the stink is over Auntie’s vulgarity. On the other hand, if she paraded nude in front of us (bleccchh!), that’s grounds to kick her off the board.

  18. 24

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @14 How did I get left out of that list? Why are you discriminating against me? Do you hate rabbits?

  19. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @16 “Gotta go work-out now. I wanna be ready in ‘08 when the rethugs resort to physical intimidation.”

    Oh God I hope so! I drilled out a bat and filled it with spent uranium. It’d be a shame to go to all that trouble for nothing.

  20. 26

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    #25 is an example of liberal humor, similar to what Ann Coulter disseminates. ha ha ha ha ha

  21. 27


    I did not think of this one, but it’s exactly right:

    McCain is now a P.O.W. for the 2nd time. To have ANY chance to get his party’s nomination, he MUST kneel down to the religious kooks and whatever else is the “base” of his party.

    He’s a prisoner.

  22. 28

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    The straight talk express never stopped in jesusdumbheadland. And McCain is just smart enough not to try.

    All of these euphemisms for “the base”!!!!!!

    We all know that the base is white southern racists(…and I don’t mean Paul Newman).

  23. 29

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President

    “With the ongoing crisis of America being held hostage by a rogue, runaway executive branch, we thought it was time to return to the scene of the original crime that made this horror possible: the theft of an election from the American people by five members of the Supreme Court.”

  24. 30

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    “There are terrorists in the world, but Bush and Cheney are not conducting a war against terrorism. They are conducting a war on democracy, a war against the will of the American people, a war against the truth.”

    Same article as # 29

  25. 33

    rob spews:

    John Kerry stays true to form and again shows that he was for ignoring Kyoto Before he was Against it!

    John Kerry in Davos, Switzerland this weekend.

    “When we walk away from global warming, Kyoto, when we are irresponsibly slow in moving toward AIDS in Africa, when we don’t advance and live up to our own rhetoric and standards, we set a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy,” Kerry said.

    Of course President Bush has done more to fight AIDS in Africa than any other President, even Bono thinks so. Back to Kyoto though.

    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 105th Congress – 1st Session

    Vote Date: July 25, 1997, 11:37 AM

    Question: On the Resolution (s.res.98 )

    Declares that the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol to, or other agreement regarding, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992, at negotiations in Kyoto in December 1997 or thereafter which would: (1) mandate new commitments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the Annex 1 Parties, unless the protocol or other agreement also mandates new specific scheduled commitments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions for Developing Country Parties within the same compliance period; or (2) result in serious harm to the U.S. economy.

    YEAs 95
    NAYs 0
    Not Voting 5

    Kerry (D-MA), Yea

    John (StukK n DaVoS)Kerry just admitting that he is duplicitous and a hypocrite…still.

  26. 34

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    re 33: Your assessment of statements one and two is faulty and “misleading” (a deliberate distortion of the truth).

    “(1) mandate new commitments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the Annex 1 Parties, unless the protocol or other agreement also mandates new specific scheduled commitments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions for Developing Country Parties within the same compliance period; or (2) result in serious harm to the U.S. economy.”

    Wingnut interpretation:
    “John Kerry stays true to form and again shows that he was for ignoring Kyoto Before he was Against it!”

  27. 35

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    And I would have to research every assertion you make here because past experience with you is that all you do is lie, distort, and cherry pick to arrive at your pre-conceived notions (e.g., you are a goddamn liar), and a bad one at that.

  28. 37

    rob spews:

    34: How convienient that you left out the part about kyoto in your cut and paste. Truth hurts doesn’t it.

  29. 38

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    re 37: You mischaracterized what happened — idiot. I do not think you even realize that.

  30. 39

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    re 33: “Of course President Bush has done more to fight AIDS in Africa than any other President, even Bono thinks so. Back to Kyoto though.”
    President Bush is doing a barnstorming tour of Africa to call attention to his administration’s commitment to addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic on the continent.
    One problem: He’s simultaneously trying to impose on African countries enhanced patent protections that would undermine their ability to gain access to affordable medicines.
    (Actually, there are lots of problems — denial of debt relief, water privatization, insistence on the failed IMF “structural adjustment model,” and much more — but those are topics for another day.)
    The administration has just commenced free trade agreement negotiations with the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), which consists of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.
    Among the key U.S negotiating aims, announced U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, is to “establish standards that reflect a standard of [patent] protection similar to that found in U.S. law and that build on the foundations established in the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS Agreement).”
    Pushing for equivalent patent standards in Africa will severely limit countries’ ability to take appropriate measures to address HIV/AIDS and other serious health problems.
    It also happens to run contrary to repeated U.S. promises.

  31. 40

    Wally the talking Badger spews:

    Rob: All Bush cares about is squeezing another $$$$$$ out of some poor soul’s broken life.

    What a mentally diseased swine That Bush is.

    You — you are merely a tool.

  32. 41

    Chadt spews:

    Roger @25: How Despicable. Animal cruelty is reserved for Republicans. (Was it a fruit bat or vampire?)