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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  1. Tired of McCain/Palin Negativity

    This is good news on McCain.. He has put out such negative campaigning over the last couple of days and the constant inquire into something that happen 20 years ago. Is this all that McCain got.. We the American people don't care, all we are interest in is the economy. McCain has spewed lies and now I can't listen to him anymore. I was undecided at the begining but over the last month, I'm all Obama/Biden

    October 9, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. X-democrat for McCain

    Watch-Dog should keep a look out for Obama!! Were Sick of Obama we could Puke!!

    October 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. ED

    Look he was forced to learn and lie while he was a POW,so it is not his fault. He could blame it on Spooky Sarah and she could blame it on the first dude and he could say he was trying to save his family some embarrasment. that might work except for the first public event in the U S she embarrased her family with announcements that most families would not brag about. SOOOOOOOO John you may have to eat this charge on your own before someone calls it an earmark and we know you would tell all.

    October 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. sophia nyc

    Good. And let's also probe Bush, Cheney, Rove and the rest of the Republicans while we're at it.

    October 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. voting 4 that one!

    REPUGS WANT TO PLAY DIRTY, WELL THE 8 DISASTROUS YEAR OF BUSH AS RESULTED IN DEMS FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE.

    LETS GET IT ON!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Maritza

    At least it's not ACORN/ voter fraud , at least it's not investigating the relationship w/ a domestic terrorist who a few years ago hosted a political gathering for the naive senator, at least it's not why he really attended a radical church for twenty years the preaches hate of America... and you want to be President?

    Maritza

    October 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    No Leadership + No Honor = No CHANGE

    No Honor
    No CHANGE

    October 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Ron

    Electing George Bush not once but twice was a big mistake. Electing McCain/Palin for president will be a BIGGER MISTAKE

    October 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    Isn't there some sort of watch dog group that investigates the ethics of politicians who incite ignoramuses at hate rallies and call it campaigning?

    October 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. Deb

    I am more concerned with Farrakhan claiming Obama "The Messiah" on that new yotube video and calling "American youth" easily brainwashed!

    October 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. mrwolf

    Way to go Mr Maverick! Just another example of Bush-Cheney type government. Change is needed and McCain ain't the one to bring it!

    October 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Say it ain't so Sarah

    This is the reason this personal crap doesn't belong in the darn race...Honestly I'm a Obama supporter but I could careless about how much loot McCain won. Or for that matter if Palin fired a guy for screwing over her sister...He might have had it coming.

    But once one candidate goes down this road he/she takes everyone else with them.

    Stick to the issues!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama '08

    October 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Dan, TX

    McCain's prescription drugs affect his judgment. He is dangerous for America. He also was likely brainwashed in Vietnam to make America communist. He let the cat out of the bag with his mortgage buy out plan. that is communist to the core. How did he fool the republicans into nominating him. The republican party now stands for government control of the economy. Way to go! Now the republicans will be known from now on as the left wing party.

    October 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. R.W.

    We already know what the McCain campaign reaction will be. They will claim this is political persecution motivated by the intellectual elites and the liberal media

    October 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. Old Guy

    I disagree, I think Old John has been a consistent "loser"

    October 9, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. ready for change

    it seems that mccain and his running mate think they are ABOVE THE LAW, BUT WE KNOW THEY ARE NOT, BOTH ARE AN AMERICAN DISGRACE! VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 9, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Carol

    Just what we need, if Palin legal investigations wasen´t enough!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Vahagn

    HAHAHAHAHAH

    McCain is unravelling at the seams

    October 9, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. Obama a REAL Change

    About TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY ARE YOU NOT LETTING ME COMMENT, CNN???????????????????????????????

    October 9, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. Lucy

    Ethics? I didn't know he had any. He could take a lesson or two from OBAMA' s integrity and ethics.
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 9, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    WE DON'T KNOW WHO WENT TO WAR,

    BUT WE KNOW WHO CAME BACK & HE IS

    BENT ON OUR & THE WORLD'S DESTRUCTION.

    EVERY WORD THAT COMES OUT OF HIS MOUTH

    HURTS ALL OF US RIGHT DOWN TO OUR SOULS.

    MAN HAS INVOKED THE POWERS OF HELL TO RISE.

    HOME GROW ONE SEEMS BENT ON OUR DESTRUCTION.

    October 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. b

    McCain is not the top "gambler". The people who are going to vote for him are the top "gamblers" and the whole country will lose.

    October 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Kristen

    BOUT TIME!!! McCain is a hate mogger and is extremely disrespectful!!! Taking the words right out of Cindy McSane fake smile and mouth"this is by far the most dishonest campaign in American history"! Oh, you forgot one thing-My husband is sooo old, mean, angry and divisive that he is running the most dispicable campaign in American history.

    Obama/Biden08

    October 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. B. Morris

    Senator John McCain need to come clean on this one.
    Ethics is a big issue in this campaign.

    October 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. ben

    Yes, investigate it. It's probably true.

    October 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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