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. Joel Miller

    Gambling is an addictive behavior. Perhaps we should find out if McCain has this addiction.

    October 9, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. TheTruthHurts

    idiocy. This is less than proof. It's a logical leap with NO evidence. I support Obama, but this story is a waste of ink.

    October 9, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. renando

    So who is looking into his compulsive gambling. Now I am starting to understand this guy. Last one was a recovered alcoholic, now a guy with a gambling problem. Add this to the Senator with the tapping foot restroom problem...what is up with these Republicans? Goldwater is turning in the grave.

    Obama 08

    October 9, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. ARK

    Now watch Cindy go after Obama for playing dirty .... What a sorry bunch of hypocrites!

    October 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. Pamela

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander. I "bet" McCain did not report one red penny og gamling winnings. NOT ONE CENT! CREW should keep fighting for the senate investigation.

    October 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. Nick

    Yeah right, I want a a gambling addict as President of USA...

    October 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. SD

    ETHICS and JOHN McCAIN???

    Can't stop laughing!

    Good one!

    We all know he lacks them!

    October 9, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. iowaobamafan

    Oops, John!

    October 9, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. S. Boatman

    I Have Done My Own Investigation And Have Found That Mccain Has On Ethics! . . . Or Morals!

    October 9, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Grayson

    It actually is believable that he never won over $200 at a time. Looks like this is more of a pro-left group than a watchdog group.

    October 9, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. Rita - Canada

    I sure hope they find something on this old white-haired man. All the mudslinging that he's doing against Obama is ridiculous. What is McCain doing at his rallies? Is he paying the voters and giving them microphones to stand up and yell out all these horrible things. And that lipstick wearing pitbull should pack up and go home. She's scary and very dangerous. She should be home looking after that poor little baby. I just can't imagine McCain in the White House with that blonde barbie Cindy as the First Lady. Did you watch Michelle Obama on Larry King Live last night. Now there's a lady....First Lady
    Go Obama, Biden, Michelle

    October 9, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. Douglas, Los Angeles

    Go get him!

    October 9, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. R Phillippi

    You must be kidding. Obama's campaign won't even comply with the campaign finance reporting rules. He has until AFTER the election to report where the 13 million $25 donations came from.

    October 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Texas Trail Dog!

    AFTER ALL THAT HAS COME OUT ON OBAMA AND YOU'VE DONE NOTHING. NOW YOU WANT TO ETHIC INVESTIGATION OF McCAIN. GIMME A BREAK. THE MOST CORRUPT INDIVIDUAL IS KNOCKING ON THE DOOR OF THE OVAL OFFICE. WHILE WE STAND BY DOING NOTHING. BAH AMERICA.

    October 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. Michele

    Really!!! Oh this sounds juicy..... and he has unlimited money to work with!!

    October 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. MikeH

    Seems reasonable in light of the rabid skunk behavior of
    Palin and Cindy.

    if he's innocent, he has nothing to worry about.

    October 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  17. MIKET

    IT LOOKS LIKE THE DEMS WILL HAVE IT ALL BE CAREFULL WHAT
    YOU WISH FOR, IM NOT SOME CRAZY RIGHT WINGER ,BUT WHEN
    YOU THINK ABOUT IT HOW BAD HAS THE GREAT U.S.A BECOME AS
    A NATION WHEN WE ABOUT TO ELECTA MAN WE KNOW NOTHING
    ABOUT .DRUG USE,BILL AYRES THIS IS A SAD TIME MAYBE WE REALLY ARE ALL DONE .HOPE MY KIDS WILL SURVIVE THIS

    October 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. largoman

    What McCain Lie? Oh no!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. Skyview

    I am also interested to know more about McCain's connections to Jack Abaroff, the lobbist for the Indian Casinos which transacted much business before McCain's committee on Indian Affairs

    October 9, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Sun

    An example of true journalistic prowess.

    October 9, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. Voter

    "history of gambling on a regular basis"

    Gambling "experience" illustrates Palin and other "solutions" he has.

    No McVegas!

    October 9, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. Winnie in Montana

    Ethics? Bet McCain and Palin can't even spell the word.

    October 9, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. A.D. Vasquez

    This is a question that should be raised with all of our Republican brothers & sisters...

    If John McCain is so great, why didn't you choose him in 2000?

    Also, if W. was a better choice then, then why on earth would you vote for McCain now?...

    October 9, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  24. Renee Villalon

    I think that McCain needs a rest,all he is doing is hurting himself.So what if Obama tried drugs in school.As far as I know McCain could have done drugs in the service,we dont know that he did or didnt.But that has nothing to do with what is going on in our economic worries.
    They need to stop going after one another and tell us a plan on how they are going to fix the mess or at least try to fix.McCain wake up smell the coffee.Please,The world is tried of listing to you.

    October 9, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. chris

    Look who is talking, McCain who was a gambler, filled for incpm tax separatly from his wife, he is hiding a whole lot, there is a lot about McCain that meets the eye. A racist that used "that one" during his closing staement on the last debate.

    October 9, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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