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Over the past few weeks, the media has finally begun reporting the fairly obvious fact that there are a whole bunch of lobbyists working closely with the campaign of Senator John McCain. As a result, a number of lobbyists with embarrassing ties to foreign governments have been forced out of the McCain camp, like Doug Goodyear, whose firm lobbied for the Burmese dictatorship a few years back.
Now, the Washington Post is reporting that Democrats are calling for the firing of Charles Black, a close McCain advisor who in the past has been involved with lobbying for a number of foreign dictators and miscreants. As I noted last month, Spy magazine once ranked Black’s then-firm, Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly, as the “sleaziest” foreign lobbying entity, giving it a “blood-on-the-hands” rating of four.
Meanwhile, Harper’s has now posted my story from the May issue, which looks at McCain’s ties to the so-called “Reform Institute.” The Institute’s stated aim is to clean up Washington, which is somewhat ironic given that former top lobbyist Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager, ran the joint for a number of years.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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