In order to prove he wants to reform big-money Washington politics, GOP presidential candidate John McCain is distancing himself from campaign fundraisers found to be lobbyists for foreign governments by a CIR/ABCNews.com investigation.
McCain’s national co-chairman, Tom Loeffler, for example, recently resigned after controversy over his work on behalf of Saudi Arabia. As CIR first reported, Loeffler personally arranged a meeting between McCain and the then-Saudi Ambassador.
McCain also let go of advisor Eric Burgeson who, as CIR reported, was hired by the Kurdistan Regional Government. And Doug Goodyear, who was in charge of the Republican national convention, stepped down after Newsweek reported on his ties to a lobbying firm hired by Myanmar’s military junta.
Two other McCain fundraisers—Kirsten Chadwick and Peter Madigan—are registered to lobby for foreign governments. Another, Judy Black, has terminated her work for a company owned by the government of Dubai.
The McCain campaign set a new policy last week, stating that:
1.) No person working for the Campaign may be a registered lobbyist or foreign agent, or receive compensation for any such activity.
2.) Part-time volunteers for the Campaign must disclose to the Campaign any status as registered lobbyists or foreign agents. Such persons are prohibited from involvement in any Campaign policy-making on the subjects on which they are registered, including service on policy task forces or participation in policy discussions on those subjects. Such persons are also prohibited from lobbying Senator McCain or his Senate personal office or committee staffs during the period they are volunteering for the campaign.
5.) Senator McCain has also announced that it will be his policy that anyone serving in a McCain Administration must commit not to lobby the Administration during his presidency.
To view CIR’s chart showing presidential fundraisers who work for foreign governments, click here.