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. Debbie

    Ouch. Aren't the wingnuts gonna howl over THIS!? I personally don't care if he gambles – legally – but not reporting it to the IRS (so people won't know he gambles maybe?) ... tsk tsk.

    Then on the other hand if he wins that much than maybe he CAN do something about the economy...

    Nah.

    October 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. J.D.

    Yep, fight fire with fire.

    The Republicans need to pay for giving us George W. Bush the last two elections. They need to pay BIG TIME. Destroy them. Beat them. Investigate them. Dismantle them.

    Then...maybe in some future election, they will humbly bring us an intelligent candidate and respect our intellect rather than the ideological idiots (Bush, Palin) they keep insisting on putting forth.

    October 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Gregg - Florida

    Hmmmm,,,,,1st Palin, now McCain is hiding something? so much for honest campaigning,,no wonder they are focusing on Obama's integrity in these final days before the election, what a better way to get America's minds off of the TRUE issues,wake up America, FACT CHECK is your friend, when in doubt, go see for yourself, Obama is the better candidate...

    October 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. BT

    Gee, I always declared mine, wouldn't want the IRS to go nuts on me.
    Maybe they should also look into his "unethical lies he calls ads".

    October 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. S. Boatman

    You Dont Need An Investigation To Prove Mccain Doesnt Have Any Ethics! That Has Already Been Proven By The Way He Runs His Campaign!

    October 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. McCain=the draft

    While you're at it, find out why McCain's military records are sealed, and why his mental evaluations were not released.

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

    Its about time for some fair accountability...the RNC investigates Obama's campaign contributions...Now CREW takes on McCain's ethics...

    October 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. stephanie

    It's about time McCain and Palin are getting scrutiny. They have been running one of the most dishonorable and disrespectful campaigns in history. Somay lies and distorions and inciting racial violence and hatred..another divider is NOT we need. McCain's disdain for Obama is so evident..we dont need a Senator let alone a President who can't treat people on the other side civilally. Like Bush, McCain feel she is entitled to this role as President, and Cindy is even getting bitter and uglier...and it seems they will do anything, along with their pitbul, to make it happen. Country first? No way..McCain-Palin first is their motto.

    October 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. James L.

    THE STOCKMARKET TROUBLES ARE A DIRECT RESULT OF BUSH AND THE EXTREME RIGHT-WING REPUB'S YEAR'S OF FAILED POLICIES AND POOR AGENDA. IF YOU REPUB'S WANT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY TO COME CRASHING DOWN, AND PUT US ALL IN THE POOR-HOUSE, JUST KEEP VOTING FOR YOUR DUMB CANDIDATE'S AND YOUR BACKWARD'S PARTY!!!

    October 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Dal CA

    Come on he did not win anything while gambling.

    October 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. Jesus Praising, Freedom Loving American Patriot

    Gambling? What's this about?

    October 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. STRAIFGT TALK...

    McMood always talking about country first but it is just a cover up for his eratic behavor. McMood is nothing but smoke and mirrors. He needs to look at the plank in his eye before looking at the one in other peoples. He should be investigated.

    October 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. cecil

    Good!

    Sen. McCain And Gov. Palin, How Many Times Have You Look Into The Camera And Lied, Smear, Distorted, And Spinned The Truth!

    By The Way Gov. Palin, We Haven't Forgotten About Your Ties To "AIP"!

    Where Just Waiting For The Right Moment To Release iT!

    Remember How Fast, The Keating Five 10 Minute Video Showed Up!

    October 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. BOOTSTOMPER

    McCain-Palin = minimum security prison.Todd Palin = maximum security prison.

    October 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Trust ;(

    If Cindy McCain can't trust her own husband without a prenup then why is the heii should we! The man has gambling issues and he isn't going to be gambling with my interests.

    October 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Will

    Yea....Public Funding is not supposed to somehow be giving him so much money.....

    Something is amiss here.

    October 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Valerie - North Carolina

    John McCain, a good man, has so much against him in this presidential campaign already that I sincerely hope these charges are false. In the past I have greatly admired McCain but, after his selection of Sarah Palin as his VP, it is impossible for me to support him. My vote goes to Obama/Biden.

    A Senior Southern Lady – Independent voter

    October 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. joe

    fear won't work this time, unfortunately

    October 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    “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" Sure it is – he's a loser.

    October 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Laura, WI

    He CANNOT be trusted!

    October 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. chippyarm

    Oh boy, you never know what can of worms one opens when they decide to try to take someone else down by talking about things that happened when they were eight years old.

    October 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. Cami

    OOps.... Maybe he doesn't know that he can deduct any losses from the winnings. Or maybe he didn't want anyone to know that he gambles..... There's no way he hasn't won any money at $1,000 a roll playing craps on a fairly regular basis for many years. Either way, definitely not good

    October 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. independent

    Here we go!

    October 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    As a resident of Las Vegas AND an Obama supporter, I gotta say, this is RICH! I love it!

    October 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. Susan, Newport Beach

    Americans should really be asking the question WHO IS SARA PALIN? Idiotic thinking Americans are completely willing to elect Sara Palin to the possible highest office in the land, to take charge of their lives, knowing absolutely nothing of substance about her. This is how Hitler got into power. At least Senator Obama has been vetted. Believe me, he would not have gotten this far without the feds going over him with a fine tooth comb. You can't say the same about Sara Palin. It will be too late when you can't check certain books out of the library, or your daughter who's pregnant from rape can't have an abortion because fascist Palin won't allow it. Americans should wake up and stop being vunerable and stupid in their responsability to elect a qualified person to office. You see what happened to the country under Bush, and he didn't care what our races were. We All got taken.

    October 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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