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. kishon 100% Obama and Biden all the way!

    They ought to put the old fort in jail , for one thing lieing on Obama, he knows that he is on the verge of not winning the president election, but he and palin are on there way to jail for gambling and for forceful
    firing of an official for personal gains, i hope the law find both of these
    dirty rascals guilty as charged,

    October 9, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. McCain The Real Gambler

    Criminal invstigations on BOTH Republican Ticket Members? Oh this IS quite the October Surprise!!

    October 9, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. patricia for Obama

    Good for CREW!

    October 9, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. McCain The Real Gambler

    Investigations on BOTH GOP Representatives for the Ticket? Oh this is Change we can CONVICT ON!!

    October 9, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Denise

    McCain & CNN need to be stopped for the racial and sleazy campaign tactics they should be stopped.

    Mothernature
    Houston,Tx

    October 9, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. TexicoFrom Mexico

    This guy is friends with DAVID DUKE!!!! MCCAIN IS AN OUT RIGHT RACIST! HIS WIFE IS A DRUG USER AND HIS RUNNING MATE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION/ SHE HAS HAD REALATIONS WITH OTHER MEN WHILE MARRIED, SHE HAS FAILED TO BE A GOOD MOTHER, MCACAIN IS KNOWN AS SONGBIRD AND HAS SOLD HIS COUNTRY OUT WHILE IN A POW CAMP..HE IS A MEMBER OF THE KEATING 5 AND CHOSE NOT TO VOTE FOR AN MLK DAY!!!!!! THE GUY MIGHT AS WELL BE WEARING A SHEET AND HOOD

    October 9, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    oops Mr. McCain.
    Well I'd be glad, if this is all about economy.
    I don't care about McSame, being part of Keating anything, as less as I care about Mr. President Obama, who was working together with a "terrorist" of the 60's... guys come on
    Well I don't know if this investigation makes any sense, but if he did so willingly, sure, there has to be a criminal investigation, but, yeah, I hope America doesn't need McCain in a criminal investigation AND his running mate also in a investigation, to be smart enough, to vote for CHANGE, real HONOR, real PLANS, and the BEST FUTURE for THIS GENERATION AND FOLLOWING GENERATIONS!
    And this can only be BARACK H. OBAMA + JOE BIDEN!

    Obama/Biden in a landslide!

    October 9, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. James Cox

    I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS! Say it ain't so John, say it ain't so!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. Mike from Michigan

    What goes around, comes around. With the way he has been acting on the campaign trail, I think it would be fair game to point out that, while he was not found guilty of criminal activities, he did not learn a thing from the "Keating Five" affair and still supported, and supports today, the relaxation of government oversight of banking practices. Which is, of course, what got all of them in trouble in the first place. Experience only matters if you can learn something from it.

    October 9, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. mitch

    with his luck i doubt he ever won anything.

    October 9, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. PROUD AMERICAN FOR OBAMA

    What a shock. Once again Mr. Mcshame lied......I am literally watching this man unravel in front of my eyes! Thank God someone is looking into this man's background!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. legare

    speak up johnny boy

    October 9, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Very Corcern Voter

    McCain is not squeaky clean. He needs to stop with the negative attacks.

    October 9, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. Hector, Lexington, Ky

    Perhaps Senator McCain is a really bad gambler and has never won over $200. Based on his resent campaign gambles, this should not be that hard to believe.

    October 9, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. whatever

    NOW THAT'S FUNNY RIGHT THERE, I DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE
    THAT'S FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. S. Holt

    Oh really. Whatever, how did he get away with that? I win over $1500, they walk up and give me a tax form and take their state taxes. What else can CREW or anybody else uncover about the upstanding Senator McCain and Sarah?

    October 9, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Susan Acs

    Our MAVERICK is now the ramblin' gamblin' man!

    October 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. Roland

    Everyone knows that McCain has impeccable character . . . just ask the other Keating four!

    October 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. Apoo

    McCain – "No don't do that! It's Hussein you have to be worried about, its no big deal when we do it, but when others do it we will create a fuss"

    Republicans are hypocrites and will do whatever to WIN. They don't care about the country at all!

    October 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    But, but, but...............Obama's a terrorist........................whine, whimper, growllll!

    Pathetic old man.

    October 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. georgia

    We know he will have nothing less than being forthright so let's have it,John. & while you're at it tell us about Keating 5 & your propensity for crashing planes (& lying to cover ) even before VietNam. Way to go maverick....NOT !!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. Amy

    Snake eyes!

    October 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. Rodger

    McCain has never lied! He said he is 100% truthfull...do you believe it?

    October 9, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. joy

    I guess alls fair in love and war,its pretty sad. We should just keep on going,come forth Palin,Cindy,good people of Alaska. How much money is the gop paying these people at rallies, OMG were going to have another civil war ,and McCain ,Palin & there goons are bring it about with all there lies,McCain is Bush all over again,do anything to win anything,NO WAY ! NO HOW. The REP. got us into this mess to start with,hope no one forgets that.

    October 9, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. Hopeful

    Hoorah for watchdogs! McCain is an admitted gambler. Let's see how his pitbull spins this... He won't be gambling with my life; I'm voting OBAMA.

    October 9, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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