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MoveOn Targets McCain Aides

Updated 6:44 p.m.
By Matthew Mosk
The liberal online advocacy group MoveOn.Org Political Action has sent out a new e-mail that seizes on the weekend purging by Sen. John McCain of two advisers who had registered as lobbyists for the repressive regime of Burma.

The e-mail notes that Doug Goodyear, the public relations executive McCain had tapped to run the Republican National Convention, and Doug Davenport, the regional campaign manager for the mid-Atlantic states, both resigned after reports that the firm where they work had been paid $348,000 in 2002 to represent the junta that rules Burma.

MoveOn takes the next step, piggy-backing on a press release by the group Campaign Money Watch, which identified three other top McCain supporters as having worked for "brutal foreign interests and big oil companies." Chief among the targeted McCain advisers was Charlie Black, a longtime Washington insider who left his lobbying firm to take a central role in counseling McCain.

"Charlie Black, McCain's campaign chairman, ran a lobbying firm that represented brutal dictators like Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire -- along with terrorist rebel Jonas Savimbi in Angola. Together, these men have been responsible for massive human suffering," the MoveOn e-mail says. It goes on to offer readers the chance to petition McCain to "Fire Charlie Black if he doesn't resign first."

Black said in an interview this afternoon that criticism of his lobbying past is not even among the top 20 worst political attacks he's endured over the years, and joked that he's "been trying to figure out some way to get fired so I can take up golf again."

Getting serious, Black said he never took on work for foreign figures "without first talking to the State Department and the White House and clearing with them that the work would be in the interest of U.S. foreign policy."

For instance, he said, the U.S. considered Marcos an ally when his firm took on work for his government, and "when the White House pulled the plug on Marcos, we resigned the account the same day," Black said. He said his firm was hired to help show Mobutu how to form political parties and conduct elections, and when Mobutu canceled the results of the parliamentary election, "we quit."

The thrust of the MoveOn attack though, could become a familiar one. McCain's campaign has the support of scores of lobbyists whose client lists are a matter of public record.

The Republican National Committee greeted the attack with disdain. " is a discredited, radical organization that has a track record of launching shameless attacks," said Danny Diaz, a spokesperson for the RNC. "It should not be surprising that an organization that has smeared our military leaders and instructed Barack Obama to vote against funding for our men and women in uniform would continue to pursue their reckless behavior."

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For instance, he said, the U.S. considered Marcos an ally when his firm took on work for his government, and "when the White House pulled the plug on Marcos, we resigned the account the same day," Black said.

As if the Marcos were STILL ABLE to pay --- still insisting on paying --- those $500,000 a year lobbying fees AFTER the US froze their accounts!

So that comment was a dead give away red herring.

Posted by: Her Lao | May 13, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Morgan-True! The SAME WaPo that is Ex'ing ME,(Find any of my old postings on the main Stories! Wiped Clean!),


Panders for "Barry" "Empty Suit" Insane O'Bomba-Nation,


Attacked Mitt Romney! :-(

Pretty serious lack of Creds. there for anything I'd call "Balanced" Reporting and Discussion! :-(

Thank You WaPo for the Compliments! :-)

To not be promoted by YOU! Thats'a Nice!

Posted by: RAT-The | May 13, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Jonas Savimbi killed more than a million people in Angola. He maimed literally tens of thousands of children with landmines strewn about the countryside. He stood for nothing except his own megalomania.

Charlie Black cannot resign from McCain's campaign because Charlie Black IS McCain's campaign.

John McCain is simply a frontman for Charlie Black. Black is the God of Washington lobbyists, the king of K street.

The lobbying community now has their own presidential campaign. McCain is its face, and Charlie Black is its brain.

Posted by: B. Kaufmann | May 13, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

JakeD-I am simply hoping that as time has passed, the Economy and the Banking issues have become much more prominent, that maybe the Hatchet gets buried by the Governors in a senile Senator.

A lying, traitorous one at that! :-(

I am privy to no inside knowledge. I am simply trying to incite a desire! I think that if Mike Huckabee is willing to stop trying to be al-Huckleberry the American Talibani, carrying his Cross everywhere, that he actually DID have a couple of Clues!

Then, while I still can(I am Ex'ed somehow, and with registration-You Folks lose the Light! Better listen while you can!);

Allow me to say again, Get Giuliani, Tancredo, Dr. Ron Paul, Thompson, Bloomberg, and even Kucinnich into Advisory and Cabinet Positions!

The inevitable Nightmare of Class Warfare is an announcement of Richardson as Veep away! :-(

Conservatives and Indies who ever loved the Capitalist Republic, WILL Need a Real Team Effort to win!

Loose Lips? Try "Screaming": WAKE UP! :-o

Posted by: RAT-The | May 13, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

If it wasn't for organizations like, America would have no idea how corrupted McCain's entire campaign is with lobbyists. The Washington Post has consistently underplayed, ignored, or made excuses for McCain. Of course they didn't miss any opportunities to play Rev Wright for 19 days on the front page.

McCain has the same lobbyists running his campaign that lobby the FCC for Big Media.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | May 13, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

If Mr. Black ever makes it out to the San Diego area, he has a standing invitation to golf with me at La Jolla ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 13, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse


Didn't you say something to me in the other thread along the lines of "Loose Lips Sink Ships"?

Posted by: JakeD | May 13, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the Lucrative Land deals McCain Backers get!


Posted by: RAT-The | May 13, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Whah, Thank-Ya, Thank-Ya! :-)

Get that OLD MAN out of the Running!

Juan McAmnesty is a LOUSY Choice who is Corrupt and and Economic Moron!

Announcing: The "Mitt & Mike Show!" ;~)

The Senate, what a GREAT place;


Posted by: RAT-The | May 13, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

O.K., so the "Terrorist Watch List" is acceptable to now?

Posted by: JakeD | May 13, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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