April 1st, 2008
02:55 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain operative steps down from lobbying firm

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Veteran Republican operative Charles Black stepped down from his job as chairman of a high-profile Washington lobbying and consulting firm, effective Tuesday, to move full time to the McCain presidential campaign, GOP sources tell CNN.

Black is a senior McCain adviser and one of his top campaign confidantes. He also is one of several top McCain advisers whose work at lobbying firms has been cited by McCain critics in challenging the senator’s credentials or commitment to lobbying and other political reforms.

Black, a veteran of the Reagan and George H.W. Bush political operations, was until Tuesday the chairman of BKSH & Associates. But the firm says he is now at the campaign full time, and referred all inquiries to the McCain headquarters. Black did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment, but two GOP sources, one of them a McCain campaign official, told CNN of the move and said it had been in the works since it became clear McCain would be the Republican presidential nominee.

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis is a former lobbyist who left his firm last year to work at the campaign full time.

–CNN's John King and Mark Preston

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Conservative

    McCain has plenty of the lobbyist money in his campaign. Most of the lobbyist are working hard NOT to change how our Government works. The same sharks have surrounded and jumped on the McCain camp, they want their free meals to continue.

    April 1, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. David

    Anyone surprised? I mean, this so called Maverick-Reformer is surrounded by lobbyists. What a fraud.

    April 1, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Chris from San Antonio

    Wow, a lobbyist moving full-time as a McCain advisor. I would have never ever guessed in a million, kajillion years that senior lobbyists would be tied so tightly to the GOP campaign.

    April 1, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Ronald

    Oh no. Is this a repeat of the Keating Five stuff again?

    April 1, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. @americans

    McBush = lobbyist!

    April 1, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Lourdes

    I hope all of the "Clintonians" who are threatening to vote McCain if Obama gets the Democratic nomination are willing to be responsible for another term of cronyism and corruption, but also for the deaths of so many more American soldiers and innocent iraqis that will result from the continuation of this unwinnable war. And for all the people who will continue to die in our country from lack of health care.

    PLEASE people, don't vote for another Bush term out of spite.

    April 1, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Mary

    Just an other lobbyst as usual.. no surprise..

    April 1, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Bob Stephens

    The double talk express has been caught again

    April 1, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Anyone but a Republican

    Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfovitz, Rice, Rove & now Black. Republicans have a way of recycling their old and we keep on buying it an voting them back in.

    April 1, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Get Real

    McCain's converts....LOL.

    April 1, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Tex'un

    You can bet that the firm has saved a place for him, in the event he needs to return. The separation is for public consumption!

    April 1, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. sozzi

    After the fact. Once a lobbyist always a lobbyist.

    April 1, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. jeremy

    the maverick is officially a follower now.

    the straight talk express is just another extension of Bush policies.

    Democrats must stay united to save our country from another 4 years of horrible economics, wars and blatant disregards to our constitution.

    OBAMA 2008

    April 1, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Dave -Las Vegas

    You traitor!

    April 1, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. kim portland, oregon

    one lobbyist down, 186 to go, mccain!

    April 1, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Bryant

    When I read stuff like this, it just reinforces the notion that our nation is in great need of the type of change that McSame and his cowarts just can't provide!

    Obama 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. What Really Happend

    Look at this prospective time line

    1) He leaves the firm now to help McSame to get elected

    2) McSame gets elected

    3) Charles Black returns back to Lobbying Firm

    4) President McSame sends billions of govenment aid his way

    People please don't be fooled.

    Obama 08

    April 1, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Stephen

    Just how "Maverick" is McCain if all his cronies are fat cat Washington grease balls? Seems like the old tried and true drum beat of Republican co-mutual back scratching for special interest and inside dubiousness.

    April 1, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. bjyellen

    Chelsea is not running for anything. Nor did she commit an indiscretion. She is free to decline to answer any question, personal or otherwise.

    The question seems off limits for Hillary and Bill,as it does not come up in their press events.

    April 1, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. kathleen

    The truth be told. McCain loves lobbyist money.I have a feeling
    that won't be the last time McCain wants to crawl in a hole.

    OBAMA or no one 2008

    April 1, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. dear working man

    We don't have to worry about this because he is not going to win in November anyway. He is to hot headed and does not carry the base of his party much the same way Obama does not carry the wal mart democrats but in November wal mart or otherwise the democrats will fight hard to take this country back

    April 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Doug R.

    McCain is a fraud and a liar. He has all sorts of skeletons stuffed into his closet. Let's open it up and put it all on the table and watch him lose his temper.

    April 1, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Todd, Kenosha, WI


    April 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |

    McCain? Lobbist? No connection? Oh, Ok. Now let us all ask
    ourselves this big important question????? Has the Bush
    "REGIME" ruined our country yet? Can it be repaired? Is it
    "repairable"? By anyone? I know this is a sad question, but
    some of you voted for Bush instead of Kerry. And the smear
    ads and the religions told YOU how to vote!!!!!!!!!No mind of your own?? Are you going to blow it again?

    Obama or No One Please not Hillary or McCain. Please!!!!

    April 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. kim portland, oregon

    i definitely see a BIG blow-up in the future of mccain's campaign. i hope it's enough to sink him once and for all.

    April 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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