I’d missed this choice little detail about John McCain, the lobbyists’ friend, until I saw a blast-email from the DNC.
Charles Black, the senior campaign official who isn’t being paid by the campaign but is still drawing a full-time salary from his lobbying firm — which lobbies for outfits with business before the Senate Commerce Committee — has figured out a way to earn his salary:
Black said he does a lot of his work by telephone from McCain’s Straight Talk Express bus.
Imagine you’re a Republican Senator, and you get a call from the Republican Presidential nominee’s campaign bus asking you to do a favor for a corporate client of one of the candidate’s top staffers. Feeling any pressure?
It’s not quite clear whether paying an employee full time while that employee is traveling with a candidate and working on the candidate’s campaign constitutes an illegal corporate campaign contribution. But whether it does or not, it’s not entirely consistent with the idea that McCain is trying to get corporate money out of politics.
The DNC is sending this around as an email, and lots of Blue bloggers are picking it up.