Pimping Out America’s Coastlines: McCain Gives the Speech, Oil Companies Give Him the Bucks

Straight talkin’ maverick John McCain has a knack for sniffing out money. First he married it, now he’s trying to sell out America’s coastlines for it.

And it’s working.

Campaign finance reform expert: “This is a case study of how a candidate can change a policy position in the interest of raising money.”

Oil and gas industry executives and employees donated $1.1 million to McCain last month — three-quarters of which came after his June 16 speech calling for an end to the ban…

McCain delivered the speech before heading to Texas for a series of fundraisers with energy industry executives, and the day after the speech he raised $1.3 million at a private luncheon and reception at the San Antonio Country Club…

“The timing was significant,” said David Donnelly, the national campaigns director of the Public Campaign Action Fund, a nonpartisan campaign finance reform group that conducted the analysis of McCain’s oil industry contributions. “This is a case study of how a candidate can change a policy position in the interest of raising money.”

How do McCain’s handlers react to charges he’s a sleezy, spineless, Bush knock-off, money whore?

Brian Rogers, a McCain campaign spokesman, said he considers any suggestion that McCain weighed fundraising into his calculation on drilling policy “completely absurd.”

…”John McCain takes positions because he thinks it’s the right thing to do for America,” Rogers said…

Oil and gas executives have not traditionally been a major source of campaign money for McCain.

But they are now. Mission accomplished!

One comment

  • Bamboo Harvester
    July 29, 2008 - 12:33 am | Permalink

    America needs john mccain III like an Asshole needs Hemorrhoids.
    ~

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