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. Racist Rep.

    McCain, McCain no, you should have told us about this man, what I can't believe this. I want my senior citizen check back, John.

    October 9, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. yesu

    Conservatives talks about Obama's Middle name. How about Mc "Cain" s name?.
    In Bible one guy is jealous of his brother and killed him and lied to God. Can you guess what is the name of the the Guy?

    October 9, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Michigan Voter

    McCain gambled he could cover for Keating: lost.
    McCain gambled with his VP pick: lost.
    McCain gambled with his 'suspended campaign' : lost.
    McCain gambles on attacking Obama: losing.

    I doubt if he ever won over $200....

    October 9, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Dale, MI

    Maybe he'll have to send fruitcake out to do his bidding, while he focusses on this investigation. She can sell a few moose pies to help his campaign along.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. indy chris

    WOW! That's big. That's Al Capone big. He never declared anything?! It would be bad enough to have a degenerate gambler and philanderer in the White House, but the thought of one who always loses! Which is worse, that he always loses or that he knowingly cheats?

    October 9, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. j

    This doesn't seem very important at this point, other than it going to McCain's character. It is possible that he has a gambling addiction and just keeps losing but because of the addiction, he can't stop gambling.

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

    Good, now my question is... when is the media going to report and drill McCain and Palin about her ties to The Alaskan Independence Party? If Obama is "paling around with terrorsit" because he worked on educational charities with Ayers, I guess Sarah is a traitor since she is doing more than just paling around with her husband. Also, McCain's deep and proven ties to Keating makes him an embezzler. It's only fair for us voters to learn about their radical ties, so we can make an informed decision on Nov. 4th. Ain't that right, Pitbull?

    October 9, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. mary ca

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

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

    HOORAY! Nail the old fool!

    October 9, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Palin 2012

    Please do a total investigation of McCain.... And Palin to too, they are FRAUD

    October 9, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Rough choice

    Hilarious! McCain has two options:

    1. Admit you cheated on your taxes.

    2. Admit you are AWFUL at gambling.

    October 9, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Maggie VT

    Maggie, Vt

    What goes around comes around, but they will probably just turn their head and say he made a mistake.

    October 9, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. Trust ;(

    "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"

    and this person is running for president of the United States..of course he failed to disclose the winnings, what, leave a trail to let to his lobbyists in Vegas. I truly despise this man.

    October 9, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Heath

    This is the man that they want to trust during these economic times, huh?

    October 9, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. No Drama Obama vs Erratic McCain

    McCain and his soulmate Palin have skeletons in their closet. McCain gambling, his VP troopergate fiasco..............both are less than ethical people to run the country............What's next on the menu? Cindy McCain skeletons..............hmm, interesting.

    October 9, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. AB

    Nelson Munz says "Ha Ha!"

    October 9, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Mike

    great a gambling, bumbling, bitter, old, out of touch buffoon.....

    October 9, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Andy

    BAHHAHAHAHAHA. This gets better every single day. I cannot even explain how hard im laughing right now. Not because I want McCain to sufffer but because hes the epitomy of hypocracy much the same way the entire Republican party is. Ok maybe I do want McCain to suffer a little...

    October 9, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Tony

    HEY JOHHNY BOY....CAN YOU SAY.........

    PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    BETTER GET USED TO IT!

    October 9, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. j

    At this point I think it's more important to get a real leader in the White House that can steer us out of this crisis. If I thought McCain could do this, I wouldn't care whether he reports his gambling winnings or losses.

    I don't think McCain is the right person for the times that we find ourselves and I really don't care about any gambling problems he might have.

    October 9, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. Denise OKC

    Oh My! Gambling huh? Well I like to hit Vegas once in a while myself, so I guess I won't beat up on him this time.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 9, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. Tom

    . . . WHY HASN'T SARA PALIN BEEN VETTED?

    October 9, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Molly Weasley

    To use the words "ethics" and "McCain" in the same sentence is an oxymoron. I'm waiting for his head to explode.

    October 9, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. David Goldman for OBAMA

    I THOUGHT ONE HAD TO HAVE SOME ETHICS

    IN ORDER FOR OTHERS TO INVESTIGATE THEM.

    SINCE MCBUSH GOT AN EYE ON THE PRESIDENCY,

    WHATEVER HE HAD & I AM CERTAIN IT WASN'T MUCH,

    HE QUICKLY DISPOSED OFF. ANOTHER KEATING FIVE ????

    October 9, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. X-Republican in Texas for Obama

    OOPS THERE IT IS! Could this be the October surprise?

    October 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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