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. A Joe six pack

    Aha! No deed goes unpunished mcGambling!

    My inlaws gambling with their social security income have won more than $200 several times. You are screwed on this one if you did not disclose it

    October 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Joyce,

    I love the CREW. Keep up the good work. John is great for dishing it out, let's see if he can take it.

    October 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. Victor of MI

    Hahah McCain! This is what happens when you open a can of worms!

    October 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Laszlo in L.A.

    This makes me wonder whether McCain preferred the casino or the sports book. Poker does not seem like his game at all. I'm betting he was a horse track man. I'll also put $500 on McCain/Palin losing the White House race by at least 100 electoral college votes.

    October 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Judy from PA

    Someone needs to investigate Obama's ACORN income.

    October 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. Christopher Walter

    Well, well, well. Let the truth come out. Sarah Palin likes to throw mud at her opponent- let us hear about her. Message to the GOP and Palin- Can someone please remind them that if they bring up Rev. Wright that they will look stupid. Barack Obama's mother AND grandmother who raised him were WHITE. To suggest that he doesn't like white people (when he is half white) is utterly ridiculous. As for Ayers- he met Ayers when Ayers was a professor (does that mean the faculty, the parents of Ayer's students, his neighbors, etc. are all palling around with a terrorist?). Also, I hear that one of McCain's campaign officials served on a committee that Ayer's served on as well. Does that mean McCain is palling around with people who pal around with terrorist? American's are not stupid. These attacks didn't work before and won't work now. Tell Palin to take care of her corruption charges first before she begins slinging mud!

    October 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Remy

    A real task ahead for McCain. But McCain and Cindy must declare how much they lost in gambling or earned. This man always tell that COUNTRY FIRST but he never respect the laws of the country.

    I think when he says country first means he and his cronies and not America!

    October 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Jeffrey

    Geez. Who among us hasn't won $200 bucks? Surely there are more important reasons not to vote for McCain than this? A pure non issue, let's get back to the issues.

    CREW is not seeing any of my money if that's what they're using it for.

    October 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Ork

    And while you are on it, be sure to get this guy fully medically examined.. we need to know his status!

    October 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. hannah

    I hope this story proves to be true, and STICKS TO MCCAIN
    just like glue!!

    October 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. Joyce,

    Simon Legree is going DOWN.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. * * 1/2 White-1/2 black * * ALL AMERIACA

    GOD FORGIVE ME, BUT I AM CONVINCED

    THAT BUSH, CHANEY,MCBUSH & FRIENDS

    WERE BORN WITHOUT A SOUL; OTHERWISE

    IT MAKES NO SENSE, WHY THEY ARE SO EVIL.

    MORE IMPORTANTLY GOD FORGIVE THEM FOR WHAT

    THEY HAVE DONE TO US, OUR NATION & THE WORLD.

    October 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. SeattleVoter

    This is great news. Now they need to also investigate the supporters at the McCain / Palin rallies who are chanting "kill him" when Obama's name is mentioned.

    For all the things I learned from my parents I have to honestly say that thank goodness I did not follow in their republican footsteps. Most comments from McCain / Palin supporters are vile, obnoxious or simply uneducated dribble. They are falling right into republican traps which are baited with fear. Since they have lost so much ground in the election process they have nothing else to offer except for dragging Obama's name through the mud with lies and half-truths. They have no viable solution to the economic crisis and in fact have stated publically that if they continue to talk about the economy they will lose. Here's news for you McCain and Palin... you're going to lose anyways because most people simply don't trust you to turn this country around. Here's hoping that come November Sarah can go back to Alaska and continue to do what she does best hockey and hunting. For McCain he can simply retire and gamble away Cindy's fortune.

    October 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. Wrinkly and Winky

    WHO IS THE REAL JOHN MCCAIN?

    October 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. sevin

    *
    Nice John. You take care of the very banks that wrote the bad loans and now want to reward them with a 300 billion dollar bailout.

    You are a gambler? Now I understand why they call you Maverick.

    October 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. Dan (Redmond, WA)

    I've gambled maybe a dozen times in my whole life and I've made more than $200 on one occasion

    October 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. Darren

    Memo to CREW:

    Republicans are above the law (see Bush, Palin, Cheney, Rove).

    October 9, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Jessica, MD

    Atilla the Hun is going down.

    October 9, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. Xavier

    I dont know about you, but I dont want old man McCain gambling with my retirment.

    October 9, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. annie - never again a dem.

    hussein is so desperate! Let's see gambler or terrorist? There are no ends to the lies of hussein!!!

    October 9, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. Former Republican for OBAMA

    MCGREEDY'S UNSTABLE EVIL MIND

    SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME. JUST

    LOOKING AT HIM GIVES ME THE CREEPS.

    October 9, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. STILLBELIEVE

    MCAIN LOVES TO GAMBLE ......... HIS CAMPAIGN SHOWS US THAT

    I CANNOT AFFORD TO LET HIM GAMBLE WITH MY FUTURE..

    OSAMA BIN LADIN IS SOMEWHERE LAUGHING AT US SAYING

    THANK YOU ALLAH FOR GEORGE BUSH AND THE

    REPUBLICANS THEY DESTROYED THEIR OWN NATIONS

    ECONOMY FOR ME.............

    October 9, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. James Wilson

    Give me a break. Even if McCain did win, the tax laws allow you to write off the winnings with losses. Get over it and move on. Who cares?

    October 9, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. 12 HOUSES to O

    MCGREEDY IS EVEN WORSE &

    GREEDIER THAN BUSH & CHANEY.

    October 9, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. precilla dreams

    no one should be above the law if you break it. then just like every one else.he should have to answer to it. mccain acts like he has not done any wrong doing.but if anyone else dose he wants it to be brought out.fare is fare. find out the truth we have the right to know. obama/biden

    October 9, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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