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. S. Boatman

    I Have Done My Own Investigation And I Found That Mccain Has No Ethics! . . . My Investigation Also Found That He Doesnt Have Any Morals Either!

    October 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. former gop

    McCain's pick of Sara Palin should get him tried for treason. He's a traitor to this country for putting himself and not what's best for the country first.

    Arrogant, little, little, little man.

    October 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Biff

    I'm a hardcore Obama supporter. even I say this is small potatos.

    but.. i suppose ethics, are ethics....

    October 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. vh

    WELL, WELL, WELL VERRRRRY INTERESTING. JOHN I HOPE YOU BET THAT YOU LOSE THE ELECTION AND WHEN YOU WIN THE BET YOU CAN PAY YOURSELF.

    October 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Independent but Leaning

    Pathetic. This is the type of stuff the left-wingers bash on when it's directed to "the messiah." Somehow, I doubt there will be the same outcries when it's McCain being looked into.

    October 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. laura

    Fight fire with fire, but let other people do the dirty work. Kind of like what the RNC is trying to do for the McCain camp.

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

    I guess:-

    "That One" is "The One"

    October 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Don

    Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You goin down McCain!
    Won't it be great to have the President and Vice President candidates under investigation!
    Stellar leadership!

    October 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. randy

    john can you go and seat down!

    October 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Chris

    YES!!! I hope the republicans fall hard and I hope John Mccain falls hard! HE DESERVES IT!! Back in 2000 when George Bush ran the negative ads against him, john mccain said "may there be a special place in hell for those that run that kind of campaign" and he is now running the same campaign! I hope this brings him down and I hope troopergate brings down palin and the campaign will be brought down entirely!!

    Im sorry, but when John Mccain doesnt speak out against people in his crowd that yell awful things about obama like "Terroist" or "Kill Him" during mccain's rallies, mccain is just as guilty! I could care less if he fought for this country, John Kerry was just as much a war hero as John Mccain and the same republicans spit in his face in 2004!!

    The only difference is John Kerry wasnt DUMB AND STUPID LIKE JOHN MCCAIN WAS TO BE SHOT DOWN AND CAUGHT TO BE A POW LIKE WRECKLESS MCCAIN WAS!

    Obama/Biden 08-12

    October 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. S. Boatman

    Mccain Cheats On His Taxes? . . . How Un Patriotic!

    October 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. NoTrustInPolitics

    ... He's a gambler alright. With money, politics, and lives.

    I'll bet that they find something bad for McCain.

    YAY! and it's about time someone gave him a taste of what he has been doing w/ the Obama campaign, but in a more legit way.

    October 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. little emp

    Please America – come to the table! The White House is buying the banking sytem – who do you want in charge of the money? A one time senator from Illinois who nobody knows who owns him? OR a man who has his own money by marriage? I m scared, frightened and do not want someone I do not know handling my money. Al of this crap about a gambling debt? Get real America and get with the program

    October 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. JAMES

    I am voting for Obama but, think this is a stupid waste of money ti investigate.

    October 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. Chris in Va.

    The chickens are coming home to roost.

    October 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. Dale, MI

    Good, maybe McCain will need to look in his own backyard for a change and stop slinging mud.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. Michael Ogu,Dortmund Germany

    So McCain is a gambler! He is going to gamble American Future, But that is ridiculous and irresponsible for a president of the US to be involved at all in gambling attitude.McCain a gambler!!!
    Obama "08.

    October 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. Darryl

    Whoops!!! There it is!!!

    October 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Michael

    Like he Gambles with the future of the American economy. More Lies, negative attacks, pandering and incompetance. His new plan (stolen from Hillary) to buy all the Nations Bad Mortgages. Is just another shamefull ploy for the Republicans to Bail out their Billionaire Corporate Banker Masters.
    McSame wants to give these Corporate Crooks, 300 Billion more tax dollars to cover their loses caused from their own greed and avarice.
    And what did these Corporate scum do with the last Bail Out tax dollars. A bunch of them flew to a Luxury Resort and blew 400 Thousand Dollars to include 23 Thousand Dollars in Manicures.
    This is McInsane!!! Enough America !!! Please Enough!!

    October 9, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Killbucket

    HAW-HAW! About time this was questioned. But wait, I'm sure he can McSplain...

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

    Game, set and match. It's all over Rover!

    October 9, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. S. Boatman

    Mccain Cheats On His Taxes? . . . How Un Patriotic! Mccain Will Gamble With Our Future!

    October 9, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. HouseDiva

    Old people and gambling go hand in hand.

    Obama 08

    October 9, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. A vote for John

    Is like playing craps.

    October 9, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. selee7

    It's about time someone investigate that piece of slim that is trying to run for president and while you are at it do the same for his bitbull.

    I am appauld that the way the Mccain race has turned so nasty. What will it take for McNasty and Bitbull to realize that they are about to start a riot that they can not control. I am living in Naples Florida, I think Sheriff Scott should be FIRED at the very least. Is there any end to what they will do to win a race.

    What ever happened to McNasty going to run a clean race. I watched the debate, HE IS RUDE, he walked around in front of Obama while Obama was speaking, talked very condescending and if I hear him say one more time, I KNOW HOW TO DO IT, SEEMS TO ME HE HAS BEEN IN CONGRESS 26 YEARS, HIS PARTY IN POWER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. WHAT IS HE WAITING FOR!!!! He and his bitbull are such a disgrace, wake up people this poor excuse of a man is going to run your country, and if that happens, WE WILL NO LONGER HAVE A COUNTRY AND SENATOR YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK.

    October 9, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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