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. Sun

    What bite, what grit, what sentence structure.....a mighty journalistic piece.

    October 9, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. Michelle Marietta

    I call this Karma....McCain and Palin have dug their own graves.
    Would someone please throw them a rope so they can hang themselves....it would save time. They aren't digging fast enough.

    Thank God for Obama and Biden.

    October 9, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. craig

    This is more valid than any other character "flaws"- I don't want a compulsive gambler running my country. We've had enough of that, are seeing the economic ripples of the gambling anything-goes self-serving "maverick" culture.

    October 9, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. Mike in Texas

    McCain to America: "I am sorry to say this but I lost all of the taxpayers money on a roulette bet in Vegas. I bet on red but it came up black"

    October 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Bruce

    good...fight fire with fire!

    October 9, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. thomas

    McCain needs nine homes so he has lots of closets to hide all the skeletons from his past. Keep digging, There's more in there.

    October 9, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. Janine

    R Phillippi –
    I would be very concerned about who McCain is getting money from also. He has lobbyists on his staff that represent the interests of other countries. He even has lobbyists for Taiwan and Georgia.

    October 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. Laurie, Phoenix

    Perhaps his gambling strategies are like his economic strategies and he hasn't won money. It's not like he can't afford to lose over and over again...Cindy will keep him supplied.

    October 9, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    Why isn't anyone the media 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 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Amy

    McCain and the RNC brought this on by requesting the audit of Obama. What's good for one is good for the other.

    October 9, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Amy

    We already know that McCain has had issues with ethics in the past (Keating 5). Why should we believe he changed back then?

    October 9, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. SB in NoVa

    They better buy a lot of paper and pens to take notes with ....

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

    October 9, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. Generation X


    October 9, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |

    CREW...Go back to stealing stereos, and jacking cars.

    October 9, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. Tyree in Virginia

    McSame is despicable, disgusting and devious. He has made my top 3 list of the darkest people in history right after after Hitler my number one pick and George Bush my number three pick.

    October 9, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. Sun

    STOP THE PRESSES...."it is nearly impossible to imagine that he never won over $200"......Martina is bringing us justice....was it a slow news day? You're not planning to make a career of this now are you?

    October 9, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  17. Julia in South Carolina

    OK, so let's put a gambler in the white house...Sure, John, you can take my retirement to the boat...how 'bout you use my husband's social security for poker night?!!

    October 9, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. Mad Democrat

    So What if he won alittle money!!! That's American!!!!
    I'm tried of our democratic party make a big deal if he won or lost money ( small picture ) PETTY......
    I'm so mad at OUR party I'M VOTING For McCain !!!!!

    Frank, Dodds, Reid, Pelisoi.....What a mess........

    October 9, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. Sandy


    October 9, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. SYLVIA (Georgia)

    NO,NO Mr honorable Mcshame Membrane Mcain. I don't hear too much of this on TV. Mcain is being investigated it's about time Mcain to be investigated. I forgot he plays dice. He looks like and acts like a crook. WAKE UP PEOPLE.
    His wife was so phony and you can see right through her when she was talking yesterday. They all are full of crap and smells like a dead rat.

    October 9, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. Green Collar Worker

    If he did it, it's an ethics violation. It's right to investigate and if nececessary prosecute... the only thing I have a problem with is the timing. Are they investigating any other members of Congress for this?

    October 9, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    Gambling is not a crime. McCain didn't cheat on taxes. He just profitted from the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

    Anyway, let's get rid of both of them once & for all, instead of gambling with America.

    October 9, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. tillman




    October 9, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. Terry - Ontario,Canada

    So, tell me more about John and his first wife ? Was she sick and he
    was having an affair with Cindy while she was sick and then what happened ? To get us to the point where he could marry Cindy ?

    This is pretty cool, we don't have this excitement in Canada.

    We do have the most stable Banking system in the world, Universal Health Care and Low taxes, but that isn't as interesting as all this
    IMPORTANT STUFF that is going on in the U.S..

    October 9, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  25. Pepou

    Of course McCain is addicted to gambling ! And his wife is a drug addict. Nice pair. Not to mention that hysterical mad dog whom they are trying to stuff down our throat as VP.

    October 9, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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