October 9th, 2008
06:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Watchdog group seeks ethics investigation of McCain

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(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. Maggie from Virginia

    Texas Trail Dog,

    When McCain looses the election, you should move to Alaska and let the pitbull with lipstick lead you. While you're at it, take all of McCain's supporters with you. You guys can start your own country!! How cool is that?

    October 9, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. SB in NoVa

    to writer "GRAYSON" ....

    If you think it's believeable that he never won over $200 at a time ... I've got a bridge to sell ya ... oh, and a road and pipeline, too! 😉

    I'm voting for the SMART one!
    Obama/Biden 08 and Beyond!!
    Turn VA Blue!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. John Hickey

    What else could we expect from Pinnochio McCain and Swift Boat Sarah?

    October 9, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. sandee in Portland

    Well, if he did disclosure any gambling winnings, he would be among the first of the "old time" senators to do so. These positions were never meant to be careers, folks. We need term limits on the house and the senate just like the presidency. I honestly believe that most people when they run for a position are doing it because they care about our country, but after having been in the position for more than 8 years, they forget about that and start enjoying the power and perks and use their positions for monetary gain only.

    October 9, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. cjg

    So McCain gambles....now that is something the religious right will love......Since many southern states still cannot have a state lottery because it would bring in all sorts of unethical people.
    Gambling is sinful to evangelicals.

    October 9, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. Elaine

    Yes, check on him.
    Since he has said he is 100% truthful and had nothing to hide. Since he is longer want to address the real issues facing the country, then we should play by his rule. On his gambling character. This is not the type of person you want in the WH.

    October 9, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. Brian

    I hope they nail him good.

    When he said he'd follow bin Laden to the gates of hell... he must have gotten confused and just went to hell without him to sell his soul to the devil.

    McCain... you are scum and your campaign is a disgrace.

    October 9, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Black and White for Obama

    when u r lying to a person , u don't look at the person's eyes. or if you look sometimes u mispeak stumble, so it fair for Mccain not to look at Obama's eyes.

    Well Mccflip flop will or won't stop lying until after the election when he conceed and caongratulate Obama.

    He knew he has to stop talking about the economic because he said it it doesn't know anything . All his life he's been help , pushed through military school, pushed into rich my diorcing his wife to marry rich girl..

    the question is why people know Mccain wants to lie to get into the highest Office and people still rally around him?

    October 9, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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