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. tgram

    Also look into the money used to halt the Palin probe. Who paid for all those lawyers?

    The media should descend on Alaska and get some answers about the AKIP and talk to those people who were told to SHUT UP or else.

    October 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Lisa Vilen

    Now another thing! After this election is over, make sure you write your Senator and Congress. Or, better yet, do it now. Tell them that they should ALL be sorry and ashamed for even remotely allowing someone like McCain and Palin on the ticket. These two are sick, period. For someone to even think of using racial angst as their campaign drive, is beyond belief, but for the rest of Washington to sit back and watch while this goes on is even more disgusting. My Republican Congressman just sent me a flyer saying to vote for him. At no point on the brochure did he list he is a Republican. Why? Because even he does not want to be affiliated with McCain Palin!

    October 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. ERP

    John McCain has lately shown the unstable, impulsive behavior of a gambler. He may have every right to gamble with his money as an individual but not with the future of America and the free world.

    Mr. McCain did not have the necessary qualities needed to become President and world leader when he was a younger man, and he definitely doesn't have them now as a gambling, mean-spirited, cantankerous old man.

    Game over, M. Maverick..... by the way, wasn't the real MAVERICK a GAMBLER?

    October 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. S. Boatman

    The Investigation Will Find That Mccain Doesnt Have Any Ethics!

    October 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I have heard that McShame has a HUGE gambling problem. Now wouldn't that make a nice "October Surprise" for the Christrian Right. They have totally blinded themselves to the lying, cheating, potty mouth, ect. Him and Palin stand there all holier than thou, talking trash and lying. How Godly is that? Getting people whipped into a frenzy, just like a Klan rally. Calling Obama a terrorist! These people are dangerous and nuts.

    We need a real leader, not some hot-head who like to shot craps. He would gamble with our future as well.


    October 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Mountain Man

    Now that McCain has taken the gloves off, I think they might not want to see the size of O8bamas fist!

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

    Mccain is scary!

    October 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Voice of Reason

    A very interesting bind that they have put McCain into here:

    If he admits that he HAS won more than $200 at a time, then he is branded a tax cheat.

    If he denies it, then his cognitive abiliies come into question: (He gambles for decades, and never cleared 200 bucks? If so – when did it occur to him that he should 'change tactics' ? )

    Either way, he comes off looking bad.

    But his saving grace is that the Obama campaign didnt (officially) fire this one up, so they cant push it publicly without looking like a bunch of heels – and so it'll never get a lot of momentum. McCain would do well to simply ignore it, and have no-name partisians deal with it.

    October 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. kirk in upstate new york

    Boy....that's exactly what McCain needs right now in these economically charged times...being painted as a candidate who has enough earnings from gambling to report them.

    I wish I had enough money to be ABLE to gamble with!!

    Go Barack and Michelle!

    October 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. rosangel..change that im waiting for


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

    Investigate all of the violated liscenses of muscians the McCain trampled over. There was basically no music their campaign used that was approved of by the actual musicians- – – – McCain trying to rip-off their coolness-Didn't work.....

    October 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Sarah So NJ

    The six states seem to be in violation of federal law in two ways. Some are removing voters from the rolls within 90 days of a federal election, which is not allowed except when voters die, notify the authorities that they have moved out of state, or have been declared unfit to vote.

    Some of the states are improperly using Social Security data to verify registration applications for new voters.

    In addition to the six swing states, three more states appear to be violating federal law. Alabama and Georgia seem to be improperly using Social Security information to screen registration applications from new voters. And Louisiana appears to have removed thousands of voters after the federal deadline for taking such action.

    October 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. AZ Dem for McCain

    I'm for any and all ethic investigations of our politicians but right now the American people are interested in in just how and why fannie mae and freddie mac failed? So let start with some of the Dems who were neck deep in the mess. The American people should find it mighty strange that there's no senate hearings being held demanding heads to roll? So it's obvious that the democratic leadership does not want to hold any hearings at all since it would implicate Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Chuck Schumer and even Obama.

    October 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Ellie, MD

    BACK CHA' McCAIN!!!...

    GOD doesn't like ugly and John McCain and Sarah Palin have been inciting "mob and hate" rallies? When you dish OUT this much lies and dirty politics, they always come back and bite you in the butt!!!

    October 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. cecil

    McCain You Got To Know When To Fold Them!

    Follow The Yellow Brick Road

    Follow The Yellow Brick Road

    Follow The Yellow Brick Road

    October 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. No Country For Grumpy Old Men

    Does anyone really know about John McCain?

    October 9, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. susan

    It is about time someone catch up with this phony.

    October 9, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Jon D>

    Gambler? With money? I'm shocked. SHOCKED !!

    October 9, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. CMJ

    He bets $100 chips ... how could he not have won more than $200 a year – when it is reported he goes to Las Vegas 1 weekend a month for a gambling binge. The guy gambles big. And if he gambles that much and loses – do we really want him gambling with taxpayers money? Seems like he can't turn a profit.

    October 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Ex-Republican for Obama

    How ironic. And Keating just happens to be on his resume as well?

    Talk about the most villanous person to ever run for office in america. We DEMAND our time back you criminal!! You have wasted our time you crook. Apologize and then hit the road old man!

    Obama: Because honesty and integrity matters!

    October 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    McCain is 100% honest 100% of the time...he said so, and if you believe that I have a bridge to nowhere to sell ya

    October 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE


    That RIGHT Alaska Judge……….......LET US know WHO the REAL Sarah Palin IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A pit bull WITH LIE after LIE since being introduced as McCain hired mug slinging mouth piece.

    Lou Doss.........When are you going to INTERVIEW Sarah Palin Pastor (the one with witch ties ??????????????????????.

    October 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. Mike

    Let's not gamble on The 'Inside Straight' Talk Express...

    Obama 08

    October 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Lovely in VA

    Cha Ching! This is the one I've been personally waiting for.... now just show that footage of him blowing up at the 70 year old woman at the craps table. Hero, smero.

    October 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. Peter (CA)

    Well, why not. They keep saying they have nothing to hide but this sure does seem to be getting silly.

    October 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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