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.


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. mrwolf

    A real maverick! Just another example of more Bush-Cheney type government where rules apply only to others. Change is definitely needed and McCain is not the one to bring it.

    October 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. Don in Florida

    as a whole hearted supporter of "That One" I hope this isn't a partisan ploy. Let's just deal with the economy and on November 4th elect "That One" to the Presidency of the United States of America.

    October 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. Soupertc

    I really hope they check this out. I also hope someone will start a state by state investigation into voter fraud. I can't believe how crooked these people are!

    October 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Steve

    Hm. To use gambling parlance, this seems pretty penny-ante to me.

    I hope my fellow Obama supporters don't flock to this. We're smashing McCain on the real issues. We don't need this kind of peripheral thing.

    October 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Republican 4 life

    I would love to see a playmate in the white house. Sarah Palin reminds me of Jessica Simpson.

    October 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Independant. Texas.

    With Palin in jail for troopergate and McCain in jail for gamblegate ... they'll have to get advice from the mafia dons on how to run a large organization from behind bars. This story line is getting more bizarre as the weeks roll on.

    October 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Griff

    Canada does not need your money... They call it "Free Trade".... Mr Lou Dobbs... But it is the safest "Bank", America could invest in today... Work it out foir yourselves. Together we Stand... Divided???

    October 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Donna

    This is outstanding. McCain has created an image that needs to be pierced so that the American public can see the true person. They can then decide if they really want him or not; however, their decision should be based on complete information.

    Gambling is an addiction. Because of his wife's wealth, McCain has been able to indulge that addiction. It is time to see the extent of his extravagence.

    October 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Zeke

    A vote for McCain is a gambling vote for Success of the future of America. Go Obama '08

    October 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. President THAT ONE 2008

    McCain should believe in karma...

    October 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Lynn, CT

    I know he's gambled with his presidential campaign but has Sen. McCain really had time to gamble with anything else? If his campaign gamble is any indication, I think I'd believe he hasn't won over $200.

    October 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Tayo

    A gambler running for the post of president, not fit to lead!

    October 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Gerald F.

    Sure Senator McCain can explain what gambling money that is and how much. Where it came from and why he may not of said anything about it. Just as soon as Senator Obama explains where ALL his money came from. How much. Where it came from and why he may not of said anything about it.
    After all: FAIR IS FAIR?

    October 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. mrwolf

    A real maverick! Just another example of more Bush-Cheney type government where rules apply only to others. Change is definitely needed and McCain is not the one to bring it!

    October 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Mark

    I will bet anyone that McSame will stonewall this investigation until after the election.

    October 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Come on !
    Mavericks are tax exempt from stating there winnings from gambling!

    Living in New Orleans
    Running with Jacks and Queens
    Maverick Was a legend of the West

    October 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. AndrewK

    He did roll a 'snake eyes' with his VP gamble. He also rolled a 'snake eyes' when he "suspended his campaign" and jumped into the bailout hearings. He doesn't seem like the kind of gambler that would have reportable earnings.

    October 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Chicken Little's Hardhat Company

    Everybody now!!

    You've got to know when to hold 'em.
    Know when to fold 'em.
    Know when to walk away.
    Know when to run.

    You never count you're money
    When you're sittin' at the table
    There'll be time enough for countin'
    When the votin's done

    October 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. GOODBYE JOHNNY!

    OMG!! John McCain has a gambling probelm and its only coming out now? Why weren't people aware of this potentially debilitating disease earlier? The American public cannot afford a President who would gamble away the country. Once a gambler, always a gambler in EVERY areaof life...

    October 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. virginia

    Get to investigating idiots, but when you do you better get with the same thing done with Barrack Hussian Obama! and then lets know why he is connected with Aeyers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mack, Barney Frank, Mrs. Nacy Pulosi, Acorn and thier fraud voting habits!!! Come on Dem's you made you bed hard now lay in it!

    October 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Julianna LeBlanc

    Desperate Democrats! Sad sad sad. Someone should inform them that DOJ is busy investigating real crimes: The very fact that Senator Barack Obama hires ACORN and spends $800,000 on them in a month represents a conflict of interest. ACORN has been the subject of investigations for voter registration fraud and its Nevada offices were recently raided. .This is far more disconcerting and far more criminal than bogus claims about McCains "gambling".

    October 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. Charles, Miami

    looks like the dog is biting MCFAIL AND FAILIN right in the arse.

    October 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. Doris,Memphis,TN

    It is terrible how Senator McCain exploded with rage during a gambling outing at a casino hotel in Puerto Rico. He shouted at
    a small middle aged woman "don't touch me, do you know who
    I am". Americans are wondering if Senator McCain has the temperament to be President of the United States of America.

    October 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. offwallst

    REMEMBER ROSS PEROT.....HE TRIED SAME 30 MIN AD.....IT SHOWED DESPERATION...AND LOST

    FLUSH OUT THE HYPE....MCCAIN DOWN 3-4 POINTS..

    PANIC MODE FOR OBAMA

    October 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Citizen

    Why am I not shocked that McCain is a big gambler? He has been gambling in this whole campaign all the way from his selection of Palin, though his eratic behavior on the bailout. And now this mope actually thinks that this Country will elect him so he can gamble our future away.

    October 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15