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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 11:13 PM
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McCain / Iseman: A Senator's Committees & A Lobbiest's Clients
he might have had a lot to offer her clients.

iseman's client list: (fcc regulated companies)
Client

AMFM Inc
AstraZeneca
CanWest
Capstar Broadcasting Partners
Carnival Corp
Computer Sciences Corp
Future Leaders of America
Hillsborough County
Hispanic Broadcasting Inc
Paxson Communications
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Telemundo Network Group
Total Living Network
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x2899117

and this from boston globe january 2000

MCCAIN GETS MONEY/PERKS, PRESSURES FCC
source: Boston Globe
The Boston Globe is reporting a multitude of instances where Senator John McCain has used his influence to get results from the FCC, which his Committee oversees. Please read the whole article at the link above.

Days before Senator John McCain joined hands with Senator Bill Bradley last month to decry the noxious influence of special interest campaign donors, McCain pressured the Federal Communications Commission to vote on an issue that cleared the way for a major contributor to his presidential campaign to buy a Pittsburgh television station.

McCain, in his bluntly worded Dec. 10 letter to the FCC, did not urge a vote favoring the contributor, Paxson Communications. But he acted at the request of the company's lobbyist, during a period when he used Paxson's corporate jet four times to travel to campaign events -- where he almost always attacks monied special interests.

McCain's intervention in the case drew a speedy, scolding response from William E. Kennard, the FCC chairman, who deemed the Senator's letter "highly unusual'' and suggested it was inappropriate. The Senate Commerce Committee, which McCain heads, oversees the FCC.

Angela J. Campbell, the attorney who represents opponents of the sale to Paxson, went much further, asserting in an interview yesterday that McCain's action was improper, unethical, violated FCC rules barring such contacts on pending FCC matters, and appeared designed to assist a major contributor.

"Senator McCain said, 'Do it by December 15 or explain why,' and the commission jumped to it and did it that very day. The senator's intent was for the FCC to grant the transfer of the TV license, said Campbell, a Georgetown University law professor. McCain's intercession, she added, ''may well have tipped the decision.''

A spokesman for the senator, noting that McCain often sees the FCC deliberative process as molasses-like, said there was no connection between Paxson's political support for McCain -- $20,000 in two concentrated doses from Paxson and its law firm -- and his intercession with the FCC.

But McCain's close ties to Paxson were abundantly clear on the key dates surrounding the FCC decision. The day before he sent the Dec. 10 letter, McCain used Paxson's jet for a trip from New York to Florida. The day after the letter, he took the company jet from Florida to Washington. The campaign reimbursed the company at first-class airfare rates -- well below the actual cost of the charters.

http://www.radiodiversity.com/archives/2000_01.shtml




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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 11:16 PM
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1. Isn't it just amazing how these publicans
seem to fall innocently into these 'coincidences'?
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 11:23 PM
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2. you know, i don't know what it means exactly.....but i smell a
real connection somehow.
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ProgressiveEconomist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 01:19 AM
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8. Your link directly contradicts McCains strong denial tonight that he NEVER
VIOLATED THE PUBLIC TRUST, NEVER DONE FAVORS FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS OR LOBBYISTS"

From http://ap.google.com :

'McCain: Reports on Lobbyist a 'Smear' By LIBBY QUAID Feb. 20, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) ...

In a statement issued by his presidential campaign, McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said: "It is a shame that The New York Times has lowered its standards to engage in a hit-and-run smear campaign.

"John McCain has a 24-year record of serving our country with honor and integrity. He has never violated the public trust, never done favors for special interests or lobbyists, and he will not allow a smear campaign to distract from the issues at stake in this election."'

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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 01:36 AM
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9. good point. i guess now we know--of all the things mccain is--
HE'S A LIAR TOO!

:rofl:
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 11:27 PM
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3. Great find K&R n/t
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Oilwellian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 12:02 AM
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4. Here are more connections
Ms. Iseman also lobbied for Univision.
http://www.jamd.com/search?text=vicki%20iseman&partner=Google&epmid=3

After John McCain's campaign manager Terry Nelson, chief strategist John Weaver, and chief of staff Mark Salter all deserted him today, McCain brought in veteran Republican lobbyist Rick Davis as his new manager.

Meet Rick Davis.

Rick Davis was founder and managing partner of the very partisan Davis, Manafort & Freedman, Inc., a lobbying firm based in Arlington, Virginia. Some of the firm's notable clients include:

Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha: The firm was hired by the Nigerians in March 1998, at a time when the country's dictator, General Sani Abacha, was engaged in an aggressive public relations campaign to persuade Americans that he was the leader of a progressive emerging democracy. Human rights groups described General Abacha as a ruthless and corrupt dictator.

Companies that moved jobs offshore: The firm also lobbied Congress for favorable treatment for Fruit of the Loom in a trade bill that was expected to deliver a quick $25 million to $50 million to the company's bottom line. The company had recently saved additional money by moving about 17,000 of its American jobs offshore, mostly to the Caribbean Basin, and reincorporating in the tax haven Cayman Islands.

Companies with business before McCain's committee: Two of the companies represented by Davis' firm, COMSAT and SBC, had major (and controversial) mergers pending before the Federal Communications Commission in 1999, and both mergers were approved. That same year, Davis was working both for McCain and for the lobbying firm representing the two companies seeking permission from the FCC to merge. McCain refused to recuse himself from the proceedings, despite his connections with the involved parties.

Davis also played a central role in the McCain Reform Institute Scandal. McCain founded The Reform Institute to push for clean campaigns and elections nationwide, but then used the 501(c)3 to draw large donations from industries seeking legislative favors. He also used the Institute to pay political advisors like Davis, who earned $110,000 a year from the Institute.

Many of the Reform Institute donors were also communications industry players with business before the Commerce Committee--when Sen. McCain was its chairman.

Echosphere, a communications company started by Charles Ergen, a founder of EchoStar Communications and the DISH Network, gave $50,000 or more to the institute. So did CSC Holdings, a subsidiary of the Cablevisions Systems Corporation, headed by Charles F. Dolan, and the Chartwell Foundation, the charitable group funded by A. Jerrold Perenchio, the Univision billionaire.

In fact, Cablevision's money accounted for 15 percent of the Institute's fund-raising in 2003.

http://www.democrats.org/a/2007/07/john_mccain_aft.php

and about Univision (and this doesn't even touch on Perenchio's interest in immigration reform):

Perenchio, now a member of McCain's finance committee, funneled more than $1.4 million in soft money to Republican causes in the 1998, 2000 and 2002 election campaigns, often in amounts McCain used to criticize. For one GOP fundraising dinner in the spring of 2001, for example, he donated $250,000. Perenchio has also been a major donor to the 527 groups formed to exploit a loophole in the legislation sponsored by McCain and Feingold.

Taking their name from a little-known provision of the IRS tax code, the groups began raising large donations -- some in the millions of dollars -- and running ads and funding other activities designed to influence the 2004 presidential election. Federal election regulators have refused to rein in the groups and their donations in the past two elections.

Perenchio gave $4 million to a pro-Republican 527 group called Progress for America, which helped Bush in the 2004 campaign. In the 2006 congressional races, Perenchio gave $5 million more to the same group.

In the summer of 2005, McCain's allies in the reform movement went to court seeking to force the Federal Election Commission to regulate the 527 groups and make them abide by the same donation limits as other political committees.

In a friend-of-the-court brief, McCain and Feingold specifically cited Progress for America as an example of what was wrong with 527 groups. The court filing cited one of the group's pro-Bush commercials -- which starred a 16-year-old whose mother was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks -- to illustrate the impact large donations had on the election. Perenchio was not mentioned.

"The deployment of section 527 groups as the new vehicle for using soft money to conduct political activities to influence federal elections is simply the latest chapter in a long history of efforts to evade and violate the federal campaign finance laws," the McCain court filing stated. "Sadly, it is another chapter in the FEC's failure to enforce the campaign finance laws."

Perenchio declined to be interviewed. Salter said Perenchio's support of McCain "pre-dates the existence of 527s. Perenchio served on Senator McCain's fundraising committee in 2000, and the senator is pleased to have his continued support."

That support has come in a number of ways. Tax records show that Perenchio's Chartwell Foundation donated $100,000 on March 1, 2002, to the Reform Institute, a nonprofit foundation of which McCain was co-chairman and which was advocating the end of big political donations.

At the time, McCain was chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the broadcast industry, and Univision had numerous issues pending before the government. Cablevision, another broadcaster, also donated $200,000 to the McCain foundation around the same time the senator took action in Congress favorable to that company.

McCain's allies in the campaign finance reform movement seem resigned to the fact that he will not abide by many of the principles he advocated for a decade as a reformer, including public financing and its associated spending and fundraising limits.

"Certainly we are disappointed that he has decided not to take the lead in fixing the presidential-financing system he is competing in," said Mary Boyle of Common Cause, the ethics watchdog that cheered McCain's reform efforts for years. "But it is understandable he is opting out.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/10/AR2007021001510.html

McCain had the nerve yesterday to ask Obama to be a man of his word and abide by his agreement to have a publically financed campaign. what a snake.
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 12:29 AM
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5. mccain's been a busy bee--looks like vicki isn't the only one he
might have had "intimate" relations with. (not to mention he's been fucking us for years. deregulation. what a great idea!)
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better tomorrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 12:33 AM
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6. that is almost as bad as....
Giuliani and his connection to the I-35 bridge collapse.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDGLd2Nvs-I

Don't forget....that is where the RNC is going to be held, too.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 01:54 PM
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15. Lobbyist Abramoff flew clients, as did lobbyist Iseman. McCain got the free rides.
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ProgressiveEconomist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 12:44 AM
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7. K&R (#5). For links to Iseman's year-by-year client lists, see the GD thread at URL
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x2899117 .

The list in your lead-in is, I believe, for Y2K.

But even more interesting may be Iseman's client lists for 1999, 1998, and just before the outrageous 1996 Telecommunications Act sleazed through Congress.
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ProgressiveEconomist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 08:12 AM
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10. McCain is set to hold a press conference at 9am today (Thu 2/21), according
to MSNBC.

Let's s see what reporters ask him, and how severely McCain's rage twists his face.
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ProgressiveEconomist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 09:25 AM
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12. A reporter DID ask McCain about the letter he wrote to the FCC on behalf of
Iseman's client Paxon. But he let McCain assert that "I thought it was appropriate". He did NOT follow up with the fact that the then FCC chair called the letter "highly unusual". If he had, the press conference might have gone in a very different direction than just a blanket McCain denial of everything.

It was all rather bland, except for the schizo body language of McCain's crazy-eyed wife Cindy, standing next to him and on-screen for the whole 15 minutes.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 08:14 AM
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11. Quid ..... meet pro quo
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 01:14 PM
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13. no kidding. n/t
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 01:19 PM
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14. Is this Karl Rove's hard work for Bush on opposition research in 2000?
Sweet irony if so! In this story, Cain gets it when the biblical axe backfires.

In summary, is this another Bush screw-up? :rofl: Home to roost 8 years late?
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 02:34 PM
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16. yeah--boosh to mccain: i've got your back
(yeah, surrrre ya do)
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ProgressiveEconomist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 10:31 PM
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17. Post-debate KICK!
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 10:40 PM
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18. Quite A List Ya Got There...
Thank you for re-posting...this should get put up regularly for the next couple days so people get a better idea of the dynamic at work here and how.

That young lady sure had quite a portfolio there...some of the biggest broadcast corporations (most big GOOP donors)...either she musta been one hell of a talker or she had some other "connections" in play.
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