Karl And Me
John McCain and Sarah Palin keep calling themselves reformers, and that word comes up every 10 seconds in light of the current financial meltdown. Yet, it’s the McCain/Palin camp that has the most ties to lobbyists.
More than Mr. Obama, Mr. McCain’s circle of advisers and contributors includes current and former lobbyists or directors for the companies, although since July he has called for a ban on any lobbying by the two firms [Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac].
Among the companies’ past advocates are Mr. McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, a longtime lobbyist; Mr. McCain’s confidant and adviser Charlie Black, whose firm worked for Freddie Mac for several years ending in 2005, and the deputy campaign finance chairman, Wayne L. Berman, a vice president for Ogilvy Worldwide and a former Fannie Mae lobbyist.
Mr. Davis previously was head of the Homeownership Alliance, a coalition of banks and housing industry interests led by Fannie and Freddie to stave off regulations.
My mention of this didn’t sit well with Karl Rove on Wednesday’s H&C. Conservative bloggers think Rove took me to the woodshed. I’m not the most objective observer, so you be the judge.
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