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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  1. Billy

    How about an ethics investigation in implying that a United States Senator is a terrorist?

    How about a criminal investigation in inciting mobs to act violently towards Obama and his supporters?

    John McCain has gone crazy.

    October 9, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    McCain is definitely a gambler. Anyone that can hire someone for potentially the most important job in the world after meeting them only one time is an incredible gamble! I am betting this senile old bigot will not win this election. As a country, we are so past all of this negativity. If he continues down the negative erratic path he is on then it won't be a bet... but will soon become a sure thing!

    October 9, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. Obama for President

    Now both Palin and McCain are under suspicion and investigation? Ro…Ro…Shaggy!!

    October 9, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. gl

    McCain is getting what he desire.

    October 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. kenny cole

    ohh tell me more wife is on drug husband is a gambler

    October 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. joan and meljomel57@

    No and he probably won't--They are eager to discredit Obama and everyone else, but when it comes to them, they can always get out of answering to anything. Look at McCain and Palin too-why is it that the GOP and evangelicals who support them do not adhere to the Bible, which says "Do not judge, lest ye be judged" They are first to get on the bandwagon to judge anyone that does not believe the way they do. Come on get over it!!!!!! talk about what to do about this country and its problems and quit backbiting!!!! The American people are getting sick and tired of it.

    October 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. Doug

    This is weak. I hate McCain as much as the next thoughtful American, but this is not news-worthy.

    October 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. CMG

    Ethics investigation involving the McCain campaign. Won't that be interesting. Do they know how to spell "ethics?"

    October 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Brian

    I can certainly believe he may not have made any money gambling if it is poker he's playing. That actually takes some smarts.

    October 9, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. Jon


    October 9, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. dEMOBRAT

    That is right if you disagree or raise questions about Obama you are a racist and are deamed erractic.

    Is Obama erractic because he changed his mind about his offshore drilling? How about his plans for Iraq? How about his opinion of the surge- boy that changed really quickly didn't it? What about his plans for withdrawl- remember what he said in the primary? He would have troops out with 60 days.

    Please define erractic Sen. Obama.

    October 9, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. joseph

    Mcaine what a sick person.. Guess he will gamble our futures away or maybe has.....

    October 9, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    McCain has failed himself and has failed this nation. He is utterly ridiculous. I have NO MORE respect for him. NONE!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. Monroe W. DeVos

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander. I would not in the very least be surprised that he did not report.....!

    October 9, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    Is honesty an issue? (Keating 5)

    This seems to be a pattern with this guy.

    First he sneaks around behind his cripled wife's back and hooks up with Cindy, and then there's his ties to Keating, now there's all of this half-truth and dishonesty in his campaign and now we find out this guy is a cronic gambler?

    I think he's been gambling with this country's future and I don't think that's the kind of leadership we need.

    October 9, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. Blogthis

    McAngry: Oh no but wait what about Bill Ayers ! Lets get back to this ! Don't talk about me or the economy !

    October 9, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. Tony in NM

    good grief

    October 9, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. R-Howard

    Yeah,He's honorable allright. Just like Hitler was to Gerbel. Just like Capone,his arm length list of back room deals and outright lies isnt going to do MCcain in, tax evasion will. I think thats Ironic, the "Sherrif" headin to the "Slammer". Couldn't happen to a nicer Racist.

    October 9, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Craig Kasnoff

    What goes around...comes around.

    Just what do we know about John McCain?

    October 9, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. reggie


    October 9, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    Why isn't anyone talking about the mob atmosphere at McCain/Palin campaign rallys? After being incited by McCain and Palin, the mobs surrounding them appear ready to get a rope and lynch Obama!

    This has to be the nastiest, most unAmerican campaign I've ever seen. Aren't there laws against inciting riots? These two and their supporters are threatening to destroy this country, and the media seems happy to urge them on.

    October 9, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. s.positive

    A gambler would definitely not be the president of America. God will make sure of that.

    October 9, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. james

    Who cares? How about a story on Barr or Nader for a change? Yes, for a real "change." It's repulsive just how obvious the media blackout is on the alternative candidates. The press is supposed to keep us informed here in America, so that we can react to Washington appropriately. But it seems to be working consciously to keep us uninformed about our options. It's sad.

    October 9, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  24. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    McCain was censored by the Senate for his involvement in the Keating 5 scandal.

    The Senate never censors anyone – not even Mark Foley ... so it must have been very serious!

    McCain was censored for lack of ethics and lack of judgment:

    He still has no ethics (just look at his campaign) and no judgment (Palin; dashing to DC to "fix" the economy he just said was fundamentally strong.)

    October 9, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. Denise

    Like I said,McCain will soon cheat on the ballots or blame Obama. Evil ententions will not prevail. McCain should turn in the ticket what a disgrace to the NATION!


    October 9, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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