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. CaliforniaKid

    He sure has gambled non-stop in his presidential campaign. It remains to be seen if any of those gambles will pay off, though.

    October 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    WE DON'T KNOW WHO WENT TO WAR,

    BUT WE KNOW WHO CAME BACK & HE IS

    BENT ON OUR & THE WORLD'S DESTRUCTION.

    EVERY WORD THAT COMES OUT OF HIS MOUTH

    HURTS ALL OF US RIGHT DOWN TO OUR SOULS.

    MAN HAS INVOKED THE POWERS OF HELL TO RISE.

    October 9, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. A Woman In California For Obama:

    Well, it sure is true-what goes around-comes around. I'm sure he has made thousands from gambling but they will claim this is no one's business and this is "off limits" but Obama's PAST drug use is every one's business because after all, WE don't know him. Well John McCain, I DON'T KNOW YOU EITHER and I DON'T WANT TO.

    October 9, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. Pat_Pinehurst NC

    Guess McCain belongs in the dog igloo with the Alaskan Senator as well as the Alaskan Governor. McCain has gambled all 26 of his years in the Senate, too bad the watchdog group didn't bring this up years ago or at least before the primaries.

    October 9, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. John Smith

    And behold, the man that SHALL gamble away whatever George Bush left of America when he leave in January. McCain the Gambler.

    October 9, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. nganenu

    And just to think that the old erratic man went as far as agressing a womwn in a gambling room, one can say America wait for the worse if MacBush is in the oval House. Shame on the hawk. Obam/Biden 08
    Nganenu

    October 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. kendall

    Not even in the White House and these Republicans are showing you what they are about, Palin with Troopergate, and McCain with Gamblergate.
    -For those who say who is the real Barck Obama let me tell you this

    When someone shows you who they are by their actions just beleive them, they'll say anything but can't hide that body language

    October 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. John Smith

    All Hail McCain the Gambler !!!!!

    October 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Trysh, Los Angeles

    Oh this is pure comedy!

    October 9, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. a southern bell

    NOT A WORD COMING OUT OF

    WARBUCKS' MOUTH IS THE TRUTH.

    October 9, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Marylou

    gee...a gambling problem?? Now THAT'S SCARY

    October 9, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. California Gold

    How maverickish! Lie by omission. What a hero.

    October 9, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. Independent from CA

    This is a huge scandal! It's bad enough that he's addicted to gambling but not reporting his winnings is downright criminal. I bet he didn't report his winnings to the IRS either. They should investigate him.

    October 9, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. Angie

    Yeah CREW, go get McCain the Gambler!!!! The American people are right behind you!!

    October 9, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. Clara, Martha's Vineyard

    . . . Then he went on to Columbia, Harvard law School, became a
    Constitutional Scholar, A law professor, and a US Senator, and
    President of the United States.

    I would compare those credentials to McCain and Palin's anyday.

    October 9, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Greed is not good

    Watchdog groups still to this day are not happy with the Congressional ethics investigation re: his involvement with Charles Keating. That most would agree is much worse than this.

    October 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. Greg

    ACORN & OBAMA
    This will change the outcome of the election.
    I know voter fraud is a felony. How will ACORN spin this one?

    October 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. Concerned Voter

    'what a whole lot of hogwash. Tell them to get a life. I suppose because Obama is being tied to ACORN and their illegal vooter registration, these idiots are trying to get something on McCain. I wonder if they declare their winnings when they win. Try something else because is not going to work.

    October 9, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. Is McPalin Pentecostal?

    Ohh Guddie...:D

    This is GREAT..!!
    Gosh Darn it..!
    Whee doggies :P
    I betcha he's wunderin how tah get outta this dog gone mess...

    Shucks.. yah think he's gunna tryin use some sunscreen tuh coverit upp? Yah know.. soz he can prevent any Transparencee.... :P

    GOLLY GEE ... my friends.....

    October 9, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. CLINTON

    THIS REALLY DOESN'T MATTER SINCE HE HAS MANY MANY SUPPORTERS (NOT ME)

    October 9, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. A P

    And the hits keep coming. Everytime McShame/Barbie attempt to smear Obama, another one of their skeletons comes out of the closet. This election is a wrap

    Obama/Biden 09

    October 9, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. Thomas from Missouri

    Good grief. A gambler vs. a communist. Can I check D.) None of the above?

    October 9, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  23. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    One word

    KARMA

    October 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    OH THATS FUNNY.......

    October 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. Erik

    What a sleazeball. I don't know what else to say really.

    October 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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