JD Hayworth for U.S. Senate: Part 1 – Lobbyist?

“We have nothing to fear with Barack Obama in the White House.” Stated by John McCain on 10/10/2008, while campaigning in Minnesota. John McCain then went on to lecture his Republican supporters to be “civil and respectful” toward Barack Obama.
Judging from the barrage of attack ads that John McCain has rained down on JD Hayworth, John McCain must have been far more comfortable with Barack Obama in the White House than with JD Hayworth in the U.S. Senate. John McCain is anything but civil and respectful toward JD Hayworth.
You have much to fear if you return John McCain to the U.S. Senate. He despises Conservative Arizona and as much as he now paints himself with Conservative colors, if he is elected, he will ignore us (again) and return to his more comfortable role as the Progressive Maverick John McCain. Washington has changed John McCain. He is not Conservative. He is not a Constitutionalist. He is not a Statesman.
Most Conservatives knew long ago what an Obama presidency would do to America. We knew that Obama would begin legislating away the U.S. Constitution, spend away our children’s and grandchildren’s futures, and systematically dismantle America, turning it into a Socialist’s dream. His words and previous record were there for anyone with half a wit to hear and see. But John McCain, as long as he thumbed his nose at Conservative Americans, and Arizonans in particular, was the darling of the maintream media, and so the frequently "misled" John McCain got his information from them.
What is truly disturbing about John McCain’s “in our faces” radio spots, television ads, interviews, robo calls, and glossy mailers is that he is so blatantly misleading Arizonans. He’s willfully contorting facts, and he’s betting that we are ignorant of them.
MCCAIN ATTACK AD #1: “As a Lobbyist, JD Hayworth was paid thousands by a Florida corporation to lobby the very committee he used to serve on. Legal, yes. Ethical, no way.”
JD FACTS: In 2008, as a private citizen, JD was asked by a former college classmate, who at that time,owned a Florida company, Wealth Transfer Group, if he would help him protect a patent on an intellectual property issue concerning a strategy to reduce taxation. This issue fell within the jurisdiction of the House Ways and Means Committee, on which JD had served while he was a Congressman. The Treasury Department was threatening heavy-handed action, and JD was asked if he would help fend them off. Even though the attorneys that JD consulted told him that, on this, it was not necessary to register as a lobbyist, JD went ahead and did so, out of caution and in the spirit of transparency. Seventy-one days later, JD filed another report with the Clerk of the House disclosing that he received $10,000 in compensation. That was JD’s brief “lobbying career.”
MCCAIN LOBBYIST FACTS: Monday, June 14, while JD attended a U.S. Senate forum in Prescott sponsored by the Yavapai County Republican Party, John McCain sent a surrogate to speak. John was absent, attending instead a fundraiser in McLean, Virginia, one of Washington DC’s wealthiest suburbs. This elite fundraising event, which was slopping over with Washington insiders and lobbyists, was for the purpose of donating to John McCain’s campaign so John could buy more ads attacking JD for being a Washington insider and lobbyist. It would be hilarious, except that it is so arrogantly cynical.
John McCain has deep ties to lobbyists, including Rick Davis, his presidential campaign manager. It was Rick who led efforts to fight off regulations for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. McCain’s confidante and adviser Charlie Black’s firm worked for Freddie Mac. (NY Times, 9/10/2008)
Wayne L. Berman, McCain’s deputy finance chairman and vice president of Ogilvey Worldwide, lobbied for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from 2004 through the 2nd quarter of 2008. His firm earned over $100,000 from Freddie Mac in 2004 and over $1 million from Fannie Mae. (Senate Lobbying Disclosures)
You and I are probably smart enough to decline economic advice from the geniuses at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Not John McCain. He received economic advice from former Fannie & Freddie directors. McCain’s economic adviser was Aquiles Suarez, who worked as Fannie’s director of government and industry relations. His finance co-chairman was Frederic V. Malek, a former Freddie Mac board member. (Politico.com 7/16/2008).
Nineteen of McCain’s Fundraisers & Advisers lobbied either for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (Senate Lobbying Disclosures).
Also during his presidential race, McCain fundraisers included eight AIG lobbyists and executives.
The above is a brief listing of McCain’s ties to lobbyists and the multi-millions they have earned. Now, John, what did you say about JD being a lobbyist who earned thousands?
More to come.