McCain "Frequent Flyer" On Wife's Corporate Jet

@anniepa (27521)
United States
April 28, 2008 1:00am CST
Mr. Campaign Finance Reform himself has enjoyed significant savings by using his wife's corporate jet for many campaign trips taken between August of last year and this February. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/27/us/politics/27plane.html?_r=1&oref=slogin McCain recently backed legislation which requires campaigns to pay charter rates when using such jets rather than cheaper first-class fares, was intended to reduce the influence of lobbyists and create a level financial playing field. However, McCain’s campaign paid a total of $241,149 for the use of that plane from last August through February, records show, which is approximately the cost of chartering a similar jet for a month or two, according to industry estimates. Here's an excerpt from the linked article: "The senator was able to fly so inexpensively because the law specifically exempts aircraft owned by a candidate or his family or by a privately held company they control. The Federal Election Commission adopted rules in December to close the loophole — rules that would have required substantial payments by candidates using family-owned planes — but the agency soon lost the requisite number of commissioners needed to complete the rule making. Because that exemption remains, Mr. McCain’s campaign was able to use his wife’s corporate plane like a charter jet while paying first-class rates, several campaign finance experts said. Several of those experts, however, added that his campaign’s actions, while keeping with the letter of law, did not reflect its spirit. “This amounts to a subsidy for his campaign, which is notable given how badly they were struggling last year,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that collects and analyzes campaign data." It appears McCain has broken two of his campaign pledges at once - not to use corporate jets and not to exploit his wife's massive fortune for his campaign. The "straight talk express" travels by first class only! Annie
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
28 Apr 08
The Federal Election Commission is short members because the Senate refused to hold a vote on the Bush appointments. Earlier there was a big stink about Senator Clinton using a private jet to go on vacation with her family and only have to pay the price of a commerical flight.
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@anniepa (27521)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I don't see the relevance here at all. If Hillary used a private jet to go on vacation that has nothing to do with her campaign. If it was against any rules or laws there should be a stink about it, don't get me wrong, but I posted about McCain using his wife's private jet for campaign trips for SEVEN MONTHS, not just for one vacation trip. Anyway, I guess you think it's the fault of the Senate Democrats that McCain broke his own pledge? Because the loophole that was to be removed in the campaign finance laws still exists making what McCain is doing legal it doesn't matter that it's not ethical? Does someone having an "R" after their name automatically make anything they do ethical? Annie
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I am no fan of Senator McCain but when people are holding him to rules that are proposed but not passed because the Senate (under Democratic leadership) won't bring the nominations to a vote. And when he is forced into using his wife's company's plane because his campaign is running low on money I guess I do not see it as a big deal.
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@anniepa (27521)
• United States
29 Apr 08
"I am no fan of Senator McCain but when people are holding him to rules that are proposed but not passed because the Senate (under Democratic leadership) won't bring the nominations to a vote. And when he is forced into using his wife's company's plane because his campaign is running low on money I guess I do not see it as a big deal." Number one, it was HIS rule and legalities aside he pledged not to use his wife's money! You don't see it as a big deal that he was "forced into using his wife's company's plane because his campaign is running low on money"? So rules shouldn't exist for rich people? What about other candidates who aren't sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars and have corporate jets at their disposal? I see it as a huge deal and a huge sign of pure hypocrisy that IF the public were made aware of it would turn a lot of voters against McCain who had the nerve to say Obama was "out of touch". Annie
@skinnychick (6906)
• United States
30 Apr 08
You had to see this one coming. How could he not use his wife's fortune for his campaign? The money is there and so easy to use. He should have just never said anything about using the planes to begin with. The straight talk express is too spoiled if you ask me.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
28 Apr 08
Wow, if this is the best you can come up with, clearly the dirt is lacking. I could close my eyes and point in any direction to find dirt on Obama or Clinton. You just have to dig up some rule, that doesn't even exist, that McCain may be breaking, despite the fact that the article makes it abundantly clear he is following the law. Good luck with that.
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@anniepa (27521)
• United States
28 Apr 08
OK, I get it that you don't get it, and that whenever anyone says anything about McCain all you can do is accuse the poster of looking for dirt and bring the Democrats into it. I clearly stated that I know what he's doing is legal under the law that he supported changing. He may not have broken the current law but he broke his own campaign pledge but I guess if a Republican does that it's OK. Sorry to have been mistake here. Annie
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