October 9th, 2008
06:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Watchdog group seeks ethics investigation of McCain

An ethics watchdog group has asked the Senate to investigate whether Sen. McCain failed to disclose gambling winnings.
An ethics watchdog group has asked the Senate to investigate whether Sen. McCain failed to disclose gambling winnings.

(CNN) – Ethics watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, commonly referred to as “CREW,” has requested that the Senate Ethics Committee investigate whether Sen. John McCain failed to disclose gambling earnings as required by federal law and the Senate’s own rules.

Click here to read CREW's request

Citing recent press reports, CREW alleges that McCain failed to disclose income earned from gambling on the personal financial disclosure forms he’s required to file as a senator. “Given Sen. McCain’s history of gambling on a regular basis over the years, it is nearly impossible to imagine that he never won over $200, the amount that triggers the reporting requirement,” CREW’s request says.

In the event the Senate Ethics Committee finds that McCain failed to disclose any gambling earnings, the watchdog group asks that the matter be turned over to the Department of Justice for a criminal investigation into whether McCain knowingly and willfully failed to disclose any winnings.

The McCain campaign has not responded yet to CNN’s request for comment about CREW’s request for an investigation.


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soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Innocent until proven guilty.

    But if he's guilty, prosecute to the hilt. Imagine what they would do to us or to Obama.

    7 more days and my family votes early (October 16) for "THAT ONE"

    October 9, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Mccain is a liar

    THANK YOU!!! They are trying to insite people to "kill" his apponent by insinuating he is a terrorist, and there have been shout outs like that calling him a terrorist and yelling kill him during Palin's rallies as she just stands there and smile's!

    October 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Nando, Florida

    John Mccain has no Idea what he is up against !! Obama is not some rookie he can push around , He knows how to fight he has had to do it his whole life and even now !

    Mccain is not on Barak Obama Level !!

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. Ken, LA California

    A new meaning to SMEARS

    S- Sarah
    M- McCain
    E- Erratic
    A- Attidute
    R- Results
    S- Stupid

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Mikey

    Hahahahahahahaha! Next up – the per diem, travel expense paid for family members and possible other income items the Palins failed to report on their tax returns as posted on McCain's website.

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Enough!!!

    Does McOld still gamble? That tells you right there how bad the economy is...

    October 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. bangladesh

    this is what happens when you sling mud

    obama 08

    October 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Lobbyists for Fanny Mae are on McCains campaign staff?

    Just heard it. Hmmm – Interesting

    October 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Lynn: 60 yr old white Obama supporter

    Palin's income tax under review...McCain's income tax and ETHICS under review...way to put Country first!!

    October 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. Cathy

    And he wants to talk about Obama.......

    October 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. McCain=Bush

    Why don't they also investigate why Mccain and palin's supporters are allowed to yell out "terrorist", and "kill him". That is definetly violating some law.

    October 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Mark Cuban owns the Mavericks

    McCain and Phalin...I guess ethics aren't for Joe 6packs.
    Ethics aren't for Mavericks.
    Ethics, the media, and facts....they all oppose McShame and his Moose sphincter.

    October 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. ursi

    Of course he won! Otherwise why gamble? Check the indian casinos he approved too.

    October 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. jayeandvic

    They should also investigate him for hate crimes.

    October 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. The TRUTH, Please

    Who is John McCain?
    Who is John McCain?
    Who is John McCain?
    Who is John McCain?

    a gambler?
    a DEREGULATOR of the Banking System
    a DEREGULATOR of the healthcare system
    an angry man?

    October 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. chad in avery ca.

    either he has won over $200 or he is the worst millionaire crap shooter in the world. either way, a compulsive gambler is not what the country needs in the whitehouse.

    October 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. ohio

    Mccain should be investigated on everything he does Crook

    October 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Vince -- California

    This is just one of many skeletons in McCain's and Palin's closet. This is sick, sick, sick man who is both mentally and physically unfit for the job of President of the United States, and it is obvious that his running mate is completely out of her league, Palin isn't the Washington Outsider everyone thinks she is, check her background out too !! Husband Todd being a member of group in Alaska who wants and advocate Alaska's secession from the United States, gee if that happens, Sarah can be queen of the next OPEC Member ...

    October 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Brian from NYC

    Even as a huge Obama supporter, I think this is just stupid. Gambling wins? Come on! I could see if he received a salary from the casinos, but winning some money at blackjack is quite different.

    October 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Do Tell

    It's always easier for McCain to find a plank in Obama's eye when he has a deck in his.

    October 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. Sarah So NJ

    Is it TRUE

    Democratic voters are being

    REMOVED from voting registry?

    so they will not be able to vote on Nov. 4????

    pls verify is this true?

    October 9, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  22. Jude

    OUCH!!!! This could potentially be damaging news!!! If its true McCain is Toast!.

    I don't think I want to vote for someone who would gamble away our nations honor and respect in this world!

    October 9, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. Throw Dirt & Mud From Behind a Skirt - U're a Punk

    lol.. Character and Judgement..Lol. Catch phrases in an insane mind... Does Obama even gamble??

    October 9, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. Griff

    Either-Sick??? Came out of a late Opperation... Where am I?
    Your in Somalia... Mr. America is Wasted... Out of pure ignorance...
    The Majority of American's are so depressed. Thjis is not the answer... Let the Blacks Win... But make sure they have none, of America' s Past Wealth to waste...

    October 9, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. FL Voter

    People wake up. We CANNOT have a liar like this guy running this country! The fact that McCain still has over 40% acceptance really really scares me.

    October 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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