September 24, 2008

John McCain's lobbyist scum, oops, I mean Campaign Manager, Rick Davis on the take from Fannie and Freddie, selling access to McCain for $30k a month


"John McCain's campaign manager and Freddie Mac essentially had a secret half a million dollar lay-a-way plan.

For almost three years, they made secret, monthly payments of $15,000 to Rick Davis for apparently no other work than for him to provide special access to a future McCain White House in exchange.

If McCain knew about this, his presidential campaign should be over. If he didn't know about it, he ought to fire Rick Davis immediately."

- David Donnelly, director of the watchdog group Campaign Money Watch, September 23, 2008

14 comments:

Noodles said...

Oh my Gawd, that's sooooo Mavericky! Ah, but he was a POW. So we can't ask him about it.

Let's ask Gov. Palin...

Question: "Gov. Palin, what are your thoughts regarding Rick Davis, your campaign manager, selling access to your ticket for a secret $30,000 a month?"

Answer: "In what respect, Chaaarlie?"

Anonymous said...

McCain aide's firm was paid by Freddie Mac
By Jackie Calmes and David D. Kirkpatrick
Published: September 24, 2008
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WASHINGTON: One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain's campaign manager from the end of 2005 through last month, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement.

The disclosure contradicts a statement Sunday night by McCain that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had no involvement with the company for the last several years.

Davis's firm received the payments from the company, Freddie Mac, until it was taken over by the government this month along with Fannie Mae, the other big mortgage lender whose deteriorating finances helped precipitate the cascading problems on Wall Street, the people said.

They said they did not recall Davis doing much substantive work for the company in return for the money, other than speak to a political action committee composed of high-ranking employees in October 2006 on the coming midterm congressional elections. They said Davis's his firm, Davis & Manafort, was kept on the payroll because of Davis's close ties to McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, who was widely expected by 2006 to run again for the White House.

Davis took a leave from Davis & Manafort for the duration of the campaign, but as a partner and equity-holder continues to share in its profits.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/09/24/america/w24davis.php

Agent 99 said...

Keith, I hope there will be pieces to pick up. We've got a lot of people itching for a fight. Here's out outlier, in case you missed it:

Release Date: 4/24/2008 3:32:00 PM
Navy Reestablishes U.S. 4th Fleet

"Reconstituting the Fourth Fleet recognizes the immense importance of maritime security in the southern part of the Western Hemisphere, and sends a strong signal to all the civil and military maritime services in Central and Latin America," said Roughead. "Aligning the Fourth Fleet along with our other numbered fleets and providing the capabilities and personnel are a logical execution of our new Maritime Strategy
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=36606

bitterrenter said...

But this is Clinton's fault!

McCain/Palin are going to lead us to that magical tax-free life of prosperity, right brainstems?

I can't wait to read stories of your job losses and desperation come 2009. No matter who wins. I may even go to those white trash heartland states like Ohio and laugh at the guys in the unemployment line.

Anonymous said...

McCain/Palin are going to lead us to that magical tax-free life of prosperity, right brainstems?
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give it a break. Do you really think the democrats are any different? They have stood by, especially over the last two years when they had control in congress (don't give me the "don't have veto over-ride control" BS) and let everything happen.

What is the alternative? the obama plan? raise taxes to obscene level and have government take care of everyone (well those making less than 250k per year? Opps, did you notice that obama has been talking about the threshold being 200k/year now? soon it will be 150k, then 100k....)

Anonymous said...

This is the type of stuff that needs to be investigated. The FBI needs to dig into fannie and freddie and follow the money trails and do it now before the elections.

It would only stand to reason that there will be more democrats implicated in such investigations as they are the ones who control congress and the committees.

Anonymous said...

Fiscal budget restraint is ON the table.

Defense cutbacks are OFF the table.

Political kickbacks are UNDER the table.

Lobbyist manipulation of Federal Policy is BEHIND the 'players' AT the table.

National Debt is hanging OVER the table.

Political blame-game is TURNING the table.

National Bankruptcy is threatening to OVERTURN the table...

consultant said...

"give it a break. Do you really think the democrats are any different?"

Why don't the "anonymous" posters take the time to get a Google identity?

Some of you remind of the kid in 8th grade who shot spit balls from the back of the class all year long.

He was doing the same thing in 10th grade. He didn't make it to the 12th grade.

A bunch of high school rejects. Now that's low.

Anonymous said...

Here's a solution to our national woes...

Use the $700B to place an order for 50 million Made-in-USA electic cars to be delivered within 5 years to be repaid by a 5% federal 'green tax'.

Anonymous said...

rip on mccain all you want (he deserves it) but he often shows more "action initiative" than obama does.

Take today's decision by mccain to suspend his campaign in order to work on the bailout fiasco.

I am surprised that obama didn't think of doing this before mccain.

making a decision like this shows the ability to think on your feet and move with the dynamics of the situation. To fault mccain i would say "what took you so long?"

Anonymous said...

"I may even go to those white trash heartland states like Ohio and laugh at the guys in the unemployment line."

You can't afford to. You've already posted that you'd leave the country if you had the money. How are you going to get to Ohio if you can't get out of the US?

Consucktant said...

Why don't the "anonymous" posters take the time to get a Google identity?

Some of you remind of the kid in 8th grade who shot spit balls from the back of the class all year long.

He was doing the same thing in 10th grade. He didn't make it to the 12th grade.

A bunch of high school rejects. Now that's low.


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OMG not the "get a fake name so you can be a real person" sh*t again. That way we can argue, fake person to fake person.

get a life, loser.

Consucktant said...

"I may even go to those white trash heartland states like Ohio and laugh at the guys in the unemployment line."

You can't afford to. You've already posted that you'd leave the country if you had the money. How are you going to get to Ohio if you can't get out of the US?
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Doh! that is too complex for the simple liberal mind to comprehend.

Anonymous said...

ha ha, love obama's comment about mcloser wanting to delay the debates so that he can focus on doing his job (a senator) because the crisis at hand needs his full attention.

Obama's reply? "A president needs to be able to do more than one thing at a time, now stop asking me questions so I can get back to preparing for the debate".

Too bad obama doesn't see that is is important that he focus on DOING HIS CURRENT JOB before trying to get the next.