August 15th, 2008
07:10 PM ET
6 years ago

New DNC Web video tries to link McCain to Abramoff scandal

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee’s is taking on John McCain in a new Web video calling into question his reputation as a campaign finance reformer and a maverick who stands outside the inner circles of political dealings in the nation’s capital.

The online video accuses McCain of “cozying up” to the “cronies” of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pled guilty in 2006 to federal charges of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials.

The video takes issue with McCain’s fundraising ties to Ralph Reed, a former business partner of Abramoff. “While most people now see Ralph Reed as a tainted man raising tainted money, John McCain sees him as a source of campaign cash,” a narrator in the video says.

Reed recently sent out an e-mail that urged Republicans in Georgia to attend a planned Republican National Committee fundraiser for McCain scheduled for next Monday in Atlanta.

The Democratic National Committee said that Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, will call for McCain to cancel the planned fundraiser in a conference call with reporters on Friday morning.

Update 7:10 pm: Alex Conant, spokesman for the Republican National Committee released the following statement in responce to the DNC's new web video: “It’s laughable Democrats would try to make this a political issue, considering John McCain led the Abramoff investigations and has record of fighting to reform Washington, while Barack Obama’s brief political career already has its own fundraising scandals.”

(full script after the jump)

Script, DNC Web ad “Tainted”

VOICEOVER: “On the campaign trail, John McCain claims that he fought to expose Jack Abramoff and his corrupt cronies…”

MCCAIN: “And I led the investigation.”

VOICEOVER: “It was a scandal that rocked the country, linking all the way to the Bush White House and Republicans in Congress, sending two former Republican Congressmen to prison.

“But, now, desperate to raise campaign cash to run more negative attack ads, John McCain is cozying up to Jack Abramoff’s cronies.

“Ralph Reed, a key business partner of Jack Abramoff helped the convicted former Republican lobbyist launder 2 million dollars through a front group to finance a gambling campaign.

“Now, Ralph Reed has signed up to raise money for John McCain. Reed has even been appointed to McCain’s Victory 2008 Team.

“Ralph Reed’s murky connections to Jack Abramoff run so deep, it cost him a race for Lt. Governor in Georgia.

“While most people now see Ralph Reed as a tainted man raising tainted money, John McCain sees him as a source of campaign cash.

“John McCain – more of the same old politics.”


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soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Some Maverick! In the pocket of Big Oil now and forever...

    August 15, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. Matt in NC

    Get em! I can't believe he was using that baby faced bible banging crook for anything.

    August 15, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Obamanation + dirty tricks

    Obamnation is a best Seller becasue it speaks the truth

    August 15, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Sacto Joe

    If that is not the pot calling the kettle black I don't know what is. He is up to his neck in Rezko, not to mention the Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Phleger connections and they are going to try and make some sort of weak Abramoff connection? Please, McCain has more honor in his little finger that Nobama could ever dream of having. IS THIS THE NEW POLITICS Obama has been preaching to his flock????

    August 15, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. Tammie From Cleveland

    Look who's calling the kettle black. Obama is a disgrace to this country with his shady friends, especially Rev. Wright his mentor.

    August 15, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Proud Army and Navy Mom

    DNC?? Is Coward Dean trying to make some sort of fantasy come true over there? Maybe he might want to look into Obama and Rezko while he is at it. I'm sure that is connection MUCH easier made.

    August 15, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. Demonut

    Speaking of campaign cash, what about all that illegal internet funding Obama is receiving that can't be tracked?? Talk about fishy.......He is a typical politician. It is amazing that this do-nothing suit is the best the dem party could come up with for a candidate.

    August 15, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Sandy

    I would like to see more information on McCain's links to Georgia.

    I am confused as to why he felt he needed to send Lieberman and others (at taxpayer's expense) when Rice was already going as a representative of our government.

    Why has McCain been to Georgia so many times? There is something fishy here.

    August 15, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Charles W. Skinner

    This isn't going to work. I'm willing to bet that the general public doesn't even remember who Jack Abramoff is, let alone that he was part of a campaign finance scandal.

    As for Ralph Reed, he still has a burnished reputation as a man of honor from running the Christian Coalition. Again, I'm willing to bet the general public mostly doesn't remember who he is, and those that do will have a high opinion of him as being respectable.

    Long story short, this might sway a few weak minded individual voters who won't take the time to look into the story behind it, but for any serious voter, this has all the subtlety of a drive-by shooting, spraying campaign ammunition everywhere and hoping that they hit something.

    August 15, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. Rocky

    Yes and Obama had Tony Resko as one of his fund raisers for most of his political career. What exactly does Waxman think of that?

    August 15, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Clif, Ga.

    McCain has been a crooked underacheiver all of his twisted life. I keep telling yuu guys about the "keating 5" when McCain and four of his cronies were investigated for their dealings with the Lincoln Savings & Loan. In 1991 the taxpayers had to fork out over 3 billon dollars. Fast forward to 2008 and the apple didn't fall far from the tree.He has been wheeling and dealing for a long time.

    August 15, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. empty vessel

    Second time Obambi's campaign has used the WORD OLD underneath a picture of McCain.

    Ageism is fine, but don't use Obambi's real middle name as that is racist.

    Black "leaders" and liberals and some media members ran around stating that McCains ad with Hilton and Spears had hints of racism, but this BLATANT ageism is fine I guess?

    I challenge you Obamabots to look up bill SB 1095 that Obambi ALONE stopped the psasage of in Illinois, it would have allowed for Doctors to save the life of a baby that SURVIVED and was BORN during an abortion, ALIVE and BREATHING and he wants the DOCTORS TO DO NOTHING TO SAVE IT'S LIFE.

    He cares about rights of EVERYONE but these babies that were BORN.

    This isn't about abortion, this is about MURDER.

    McCain – Rice 2008

    August 15, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. victor,nj

    It is about time we start learning what is in Mccain's closet.

    August 15, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. Dave, Illinois

    The Democraps better watch out, what comes around goes around. Lets dig a little deeper into Obama's sweet deal on his house and adjoining land with the corrupt Chicago fundraiser Rezko. How about looking at his racist, socialist, and terrorist mentors. Bring it on Dean.

    August 15, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. JP

    The largest source of funding for the democratic party and Obama's largest source of funding comes from lawyers. The trial bar pays off the democrates with the money they suck out of our economy through excessive lawsuits, in return the democrates kill any bill that stops the trial bars gravy train.

    August 15, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  16. Don't Follow the Flock

    Good to see that Obama isn't resorting to politics as usual. He's a lying hack and sooner or later the sheep will realize that.

    McCain in 2008

    August 15, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. Andy

    Democrats should grow up already. For them, what they are accusing McCain of is a badge of honor for them. Ralph Reed is a crook, Tony Rezko is gods gift to humanity. Give me a break.

    August 15, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  18. randy

    Go dems hit them back real hard the repubs think the are the only one that knows how to go nagative.well the gloves are off now.

    August 15, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. emj

    The bully kid on the Simpson – "Ha Ha"

    August 15, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. Former democrat

    Obama- I want to run a positive campaign

    more of the same old tired tactics

    give me a break

    what happened to staying positive and keeping on message

    conclusion: Obama= same old politics

    August 15, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. Gaffer in Dover, NH

    Wow, the DNC's finally got some heavy hands. All I can think of LL Cool J's "I'm gonna knock you out"

    Don't call it a comeback!!!

    August 15, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. randy

    The republicans are trying to call obama on on terorist anti christ and all but we the american people knows that it is them the republicans are the devils.

    August 15, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. jimmy

    IT WONT WORK . MCCAIN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ABRAMOFF, TOM DELAY , DICK CHENEY , BUSH . HE WOULD BAVE BEEN
    VICE PRESIDENT HAD HE NOT OPPOSED BUSH IN 2004

    August 15, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. Bill Clifford

    McInsane is a desperate old fool who will do anything to cap his life off with the presidency.

    August 15, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. BUSHED!!!

    Ralph Reed, a key business partner of Jack Abramoff helped the convicted former Republican lobbyist launder 2 million dollars through a front group to finance a gambling campaign.
    “Now, Ralph Reed has signed up to raise money for John McCain. Reed has even been appointed to McCain’s Victory 2008 Team.
    Clean up your House McCain !!

    August 15, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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