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jAZ
02-22-2008, 10:29 PM
http://www.newsweek.com/id/114505

A Hole in McCain’s Defense?
An apparent contradiction in his response to lobbyist story.

By Michael Isikoff | Newsweek Web Exclusive
Feb 22, 2008 | Updated: 11:33 a.m. ET Feb 22, 2008

A sworn deposition that Sen. John McCain gave in a lawsuit more than five years ago appears to contradict one part of a sweeping denial that his campaign issued this week to rebut a New York Times story about his ties to a Washington lobbyist.

On Wednesday night the Times published a story suggesting that McCain might have done legislative favors for the clients of the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, who worked for the firm of Alcalde & Fay. One example it cited were two letters McCain wrote in late 1999 demanding that the Federal Communications Commission act on a long-stalled bid by one of Iseman's clients, Florida-based Paxson Communications, to purchase a Pittsburgh television station.

Just hours after the Times's story was posted, the McCain campaign issued a point-by-point response that depicted the letters as routine correspondence handled by his staff—and insisted that McCain had never even spoken with anybody from Paxson or Alcalde & Fay about the matter. "No representative of Paxson or Alcalde & Fay personally asked Senator McCain to send a letter to the FCC," the campaign said in a statement e-mailed to reporters.

But that flat claim seems to be contradicted by an impeccable source: McCain himself. "I was contacted by Mr. [Lowell] Paxson on this issue," McCain said in the Sept. 25, 2002, deposition obtained by NEWSWEEK. "He wanted their approval very bad for purposes of his business. I believe that Mr. Paxson had a legitimate complaint."

While McCain said "I don't recall" if he ever directly spoke to the firm's lobbyist about the issue—an apparent reference to Iseman, though she is not named—"I'm sure I spoke to [Paxson]." McCain agreed that his letters on behalf of Paxson, a campaign contributor, could "possibly be an appearance of corruption"—even though McCain denied doing anything improper.

McCain's subsequent letters to the FCC—coming around the same time that Paxson's firm was flying the senator to campaign events aboard its corporate jet and contributing $20,000 to his campaign—first surfaced as an issue during his unsuccessful 2000 presidential bid. William Kennard, the FCC chair at the time, described the sharply worded letters from McCain, then chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, as "highly unusual."


And in a bit of irony that will make even the most partisan Republican chuckle a little...

The deposition that McCain gave came in the course of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of his landmark campaign finance reform law, known as McCain-Feingold.

Much more at the link...

CHIEF4EVER
02-23-2008, 04:43 PM
Leave it to a leftie to try and find any way possible to defend the New York Slimes and their obviously far left wing bias and tabloid journalism. As I recall, you lefties cried incessantly when Flipper the War Hero got tanked by his old comrades in arms from Vietnam before the last election. I guess people are only innocent when they subscribe to your views, eh?

go bowe
02-23-2008, 11:49 PM
Leave it to a leftie to try and find any way possible to defend the New York Slimes and their obviously far left wing bias and tabloid journalism. As I recall, you lefties cried incessantly when Flipper the War Hero got tanked by his old comrades in arms from Vietnam before the last election. I guess people are only innocent when they subscribe to your views, eh?hey!

what have you got against lefties anyway?

some famous and influential were/are lefties...

there's barack hussein obama..

and, and...

well, there's me...

CHIEF4EVER
02-24-2008, 05:47 AM
hey!

what have you got against lefties anyway?

Nothing.

some famous and influential were/are lefties...

there's barack hussein obama..

Where's that unimpressed bored yawn smiley when you need it?

and, and...

well, there's me...

You're not as deluded as most hardcore lefties. [Dr. Evil voice]You are not ee-vowl enough. You are the Diet Coke of ee-vowl. You are the Bud Light of ee-vowl.[/Dr Evil voice] :D