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MoveOn Calls Out McCain's 'Friends'

Corrected 2:43 p.m.
By Ed O'Keefe
Listen to most John McCain speeches and he's bound to say the phrase "my friends" close to a dozen times. A new 30-second message by the liberal group seizes on the phrase to target some of the candidate's closest associates.

The ad flashes the names and photos of several McCain campaign staffers, advisers and donors: campaign adviser Charlie Black, the campaign's national finance co-chairman Wayne Berman, major campaign donor Jack Oliver, foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann and RNC deputy chairman Frank Donatelli. A MoveOn release notes that until recently Black led BKSH & Associates, which lobbied for Occidental Petroleum and a subsidiary; Berman works for Ogilvy Government Relations, which has lobbied for the American Petroleum Institute; Oliver was a registered lobbyist for Shell Oil; Scheunemann's firm, Mercury Group, has lobbied for British Petroleum; and Donatelli lobbied for Exxon Corporation.

"McCain got more than $2 million from Big Oil," the ad's announcer says. "And he didn't support the measures we need to get cleaner, cheaper fuel. So when it comes to gas prices, John McCain won't be taking care of you, he'll be taking care of ... my friends ... my friends ... my friends."

"Barack Obama has 'friends' of his own, including unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers who helped launch his political career [and] convicted felon Tony Rezko who helped purchase his home," blasted RNC spokesman Alex Conant in response, also noting that Obama's chief campaign strategist David Axelrod once had the largest lobbying contract in New York state. "As Obama's star starts to fade, his special-interest friends are responding to his campaign's pleas for help." has endorsed Obama for president. The group will spend $200,000 to air "My Friends" national cable networks and on broadcast stations in Nevada, and it will likely air in other battleground states, according to a group source.

This item initially reported the ad would air in Wisconsin, rather than Nevada, and has been corrected.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 16, 2008; 1:37 PM ET
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I do believe john mccain is to old to run for president of the U.S., and Sarah Palin is too inexperienced. The republicans have led our nation down a long scary road, loss of jobs, loss of personal finance, loss of dignity, loss of respect around the world. I would say loss of a real feeling of national pride, let's get the United States back from the insanity that has been the worst eight years of my life.

Posted by: JoAnn | September 17, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Democrats don't seem to like Obama any more than anyone else with a brain and some common sense. They are watching him fold tent and he's resorting to desperate measures. The only reasonable chance he has of winning the election is to get Democrats to dislike McCain/Palin more than he and Biden. Unfortunately Obama has moved more to the middle as this thing goes on to try to capture enough votes to win. His base is shocked that he would support drilling, leave troops in Iraq, support Bush tax cuts, and all the other concessions he's already alluded to in order to get in. They have seen he is a mere mortal, another two-faced, corrupt politician like the rest of them. He now only has the hope of convincing people he is less corrupt, less two-faced and less to the middle as his opponent. We have never heard an explanation for 'present' votes in the Illinois senate. No reasonably intelligent person can accept that he sat in Reverand Wright's church for 20 years and never heard "Goddamn America" and "U.S. of K.K.K.". No reasonably sane person buys Obama's explanation of his relationships with Rezco, Ayers, Soros and A.C.O.R.N. No educated person thinks that raising taxes on business will do anything but trickle down to consumers. The only thing Obama can do at this point is try to smear a war hero, with a record of bipartisanship, experience in government up the ying yang and his extremely likable running mate. If you ask most successful, intelligent people, this is a no-brainer. The Democrats let this one get away. Hilary is licking her lips for 2012. Maybe by then, partisanship will be a distant memory and the corrupt politicians can all get along for the good of the people.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Watching you libs come up with all these crazy things is great. NWO, Mafia, Depends dipers. Funny that Move on doesn't mention how much money Obama got from "Big Oil". Isn't NWO a Dem thing? Ya know, big central govn't. Repubs want small fed govnt and strong state power. That is why lots of decisions are left up to states. You libs are soo scatter brained I can understand why you will lose this one also. You can't get half a dozen of you to walk in a straight line to save your life. Everyone running around screaming, probably gonna forget to vote. What do you have to worry about if McCain is as forgetful and as old as you say you shouldn't have to do anything. He will destroy his own chances. But you aren't sitting back and laughing at his demise. Hmmm. Why is that? Also, if he is the same as Bush why do you have to work so hard to tell people? You don't have to work hard to teach people fire is hot. Why are dems having to work so hard to make people believe McCain is the same as Bush. And isn't that argument the same argument you would use on any Repup candidate? Why is anyone suprised you would pull this out of your hat?

Posted by: Wow | September 16, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

If you feel the need to vote republican....write Ron Paul on the ballot. He's an american you all should truely be proud of.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

thank you McCain/Palin - dumber than a bag of rocks for your post. Very interesting, and not surprising.

Posted by: claritygraphics | September 16, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse


"Still can't never" means you's called a double negative. Go back to grade school.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I have listened to Obama and I still can't never get 1 straight answer about anything he has done. He's a nice looking guy, speak incredibly well and is very motivating to watch. But, there is no substance that I have found in anything he has done.

McCain can actually show what he has done, working with both parties. I've never seen Obama do it, he did vote with his party 96% of the time ( and with Bush for 40% by the way )so I'm niot sure he has demonstrated his ability to back up his words with actions.

Posted by: TomB | September 16, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

It is getting nasty, isn't it? Nobama's star began to fade long before the conventions, just about the time the conservative Dem's and Independents knew they were going to be stuck with him and not Hilary. Now that Nobama realizes the race has tightened, he's willing to do anything and say anything to reverse his fortune. It won't work. People realize now that he has no experience, no new ideas, and no shame. The fact that celebrities and other leftest groupies fall down in adolation when he comes near, won't make any difference. Middle America has finally wised up to this guy and is regarding him basically as a frightening fraud. I just know that breaks the groupies' collective hearts.

Posted by: Richard Sharpe | September 16, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah! Pick Obama! He will be alive and healthier...longer.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

If your Republican and voting for McCain as a Republican, fine. It is your right. If your a Republican and your serious about this election because you know America is broken with its economy, then I would suggest, think seriously about which candidate will truely help Amercia to recover to posperity, consider Barack Obama. Take a moment and really listen to what he says without prejudice. If you still believe McCain is your choice, then, vote for McCain, you have all the right to do so.

Posted by: Kimmo | September 16, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't know any better...because he's too old to. Do you blame McCain when he craps his depends? No...because you can expect that. I really don't have a point to get to...other that he's too old for an office that ages people by 20 years in their first 4 years in at pictures of bush before and after...even clinton.

I'm just saying lets be humane. Let vote for Barack Obama, and let this sick old man live a little longer. After all he sacrificed his life for this country....can't we just let him die in peace?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

MoveOn.Org what a trustworthy source for unbiased information! Extreme radicals who care only about their own agenda.

4 more years of EVIL Bush policies which McCain supports. He caused Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to go under.... Although in 2005 he pointed out they were operating poorly and were at risk. He tried to get some legislation passed to reform them only to be blocked... by who??? DEMS.. Who got the second highest amount of campaign money from them???? OBAMA...

WOW.. didn't Obama see this coming??? I guess not.. As the Messiah he is all knowing is he not???

Posted by: TomB | September 16, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

My friends, I will never feel your pain or know what it is like to lose a home, to scrimp to pay for gas to get to work, or wonder if I'll need to make a trip to Catholic Charities to get a meal today. You see, I have the tax payers' money to spend, lobbyist perks coming left and right, not to mention my wife assets. Vote for me anyhow, you can't do not worse than you did last time out. Morons!

Posted by: JohnMcCain | September 16, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

If you want truly find out what BHO's community organizing was about check out the website, look under CRC publications and pull up the article on BHO by Crim/Vadum, there you can see why associations such as Ayers, Wright, Farrakhan, Alinksy, Davis and community organizing really matter.

Who is Barack Obama really??????

Posted by: southerngirl | September 16, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Not only did the Charles Keating/Lincoln Savings and Loan scandal cost the taxpayers $3.4 billion, it cost lots of people their homes. Sort of what's going on again now, right?

McCain was on the side of his rich, elitist friends who thought the little people who were making mortgage payments existed only to enrich the arrogant Charles Keating and too bad if they lost their homes as a result of Keating's perpetrating a fraud on them.

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | September 16, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Ayers is implicated in acts committed during the 1960s, over 40 years ago. Obama is 47, so he would have been about 7yrs old when these acts were committed. Please explain why this should influence my vote.

Posted by: Independent | September 16, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain is an "expert" when it comes to bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years.

*McCain -Founding Member of the Keating Five:

McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.
Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)

Though he was not convicted of anything, McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."

*McCain - Mafia Ties:

In 1995, McCain sent birthday regards, and regrets for not attending, to Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonano, the head of the New York Bonano crime family, who had retired to Arizona. Another politician to send regrets was Governor Fife Symington, who has since been kicked out of office and convicted of 7 felonies relating to fraud and extortion.


Posted by: Bush + McCain = "W"orthless | September 16, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain Campaign is push polling the Jewish vote. And this isn't the first time. I keep getting forwarded emails from one of my jewish relatives about how Obama is secretly a muslim extremist and all this other crap.

Posted by: wunderwood | September 16, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Posting this that I posted on another site since the MSM isn't linking this either.

Here is an analysis by the Washington Times of bipartisanship of McCain and Obama by the numbers not the rhetoric.

This story should be splashed all over the MSM if the MSM was respectable and balanced, but it tells a more true story of bipartisanship so I just happened to get the link from a blog.The whole "same as bush" for McCain and "new kind of politician" are brought back down to earth.

Obama's 97% party line voting is change? And McCains 85% republican party line voting is same as Bush? This analysis is based off of voting records and bill sponsors so REAL NUMBERS not BS rhetoric.

Posted by: Cryos | September 16, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"Fair is fair. McCain keeps mentioning Ayers as if someone who once worked for the same charity as Obama is a big deal. By that standard, McCain has a lot of shady friends in Congress"

Well if it so innocent how come the university has blocked access to the public documents related to their dealings? I realize you probably haven't heard about this since "little details" like that about Obama don't make the MSM but a tanning bed purchased by Palin does. Yeah media is real balanced.

Posted by: Cryos | September 16, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked. I mean come on the MSM has touted how clean Obama's campaign is and how he "sent a message" to the groups not to run nasty ads about McCain.

Then he doesn't denounce the or other ads based at McCain. Once again Obama portraying a false image and by repeating it over and over fools just the gullible and idealistic.

Posted by: Cryos | September 16, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them:

Will this be the 3rd rigged Republican election in a row, to get the Zionists favorite war monger team into office again?

Bush and Cheney have done a great job for the Zionist NWO agenda, now McCain and Palin can finish it off for them by starting WW3.

Posted by: McCain = Bush | September 16, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them:

Will this be the 3rd rigged Republican election in a row, to get the Zionists favorite war monger team into office again?

Bush and Cheney have done a great job for the Zionist NWO agenda, now McCain and Palin can finish it off for them by starting WW3.

Posted by: JennyinOhio | September 16, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them:

Will this be the 3rd rigged Republican election in a row, to get the Zionists favorite war monger team into office again?

Bush and Cheney have done a great job for the Zionist NWO agenda, now McCain and Palin can finish it off for them by starting WW3.

Posted by: JennyinOhio | September 16, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Fair is fair. McCain keeps mentioning Ayers as if someone who once worked for the same charity as Obama is a big deal. By that standard, McCain has a lot of shady friends in Congress.

How many criminals does McCain associate with in Congress every day?

Posted by: Joe | September 16, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Now that John McCain has at last turned in his answers to Science Debate 2008 (after peeking at Barack Obama's answers for a couple of weeks) there are some interesting tidbits hidden among his rambling responses.

Take this reply to a question about maintaining America's lead in innovation.

"I am uniquely qualified to lead our nation during this technological revolution. While in the Navy, I depended upon the technologies and information provided by our nation’s scientists and engineers with during each mission" - McCain

Let's stop there for a second. Here John McCain insists he's uniquely qualified to discuss technology because... he used some. Forty years ago. This is the same kind of high standard by which he assured us that Sarah Palin knew more about energy than anyone else in America, and Phil Gramm was one of the smartest people in the world on the economy. At least he didn't claim any MacGyverite tech affinities developed in Hanoi.

Okay, let's continue.

"I am the former chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The Committee plays a major role in the development of technology policy, specifically any legislation affecting communications services, the Internet, cable television and other technologies. Under my guiding hand, Congress developed a wireless spectrum policy that spurred the rapid rise of mobile phones and Wi-Fi technology that enables Americans to surf the web while sitting at a coffee shop, airport lounge, or public park." - McCain

And, stop. There you have it, people. John McCain not only invented cell phones, he tossed in wifi as an afterthought.

Let's go back and see how McCain's hand guided that development.

With the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Senate passed the first major revision to telecommunications law in 62 years which provided the foundation for much of the cell phone and Internet regulation over the next decade. The bill passed 81-18 and was signed into law by President Clinton. McCain voted AGAINST the act.

In 2002, McCain authored the "Consumer Broadband Deregulation Act of 2002" which eliminated the requirement of the 1996 law that telecommunication companies provide access to competitors. It didn't pass.

In 2003, the Internet Tax Freedom Act was passed, putting in place a moratorium on taxes for activities on the Intenet. The bill had 11 cosponsors – McCain wasn't one of them. He did vote for the bill, but since it passed 97-3, that's definitely "guiding" with a small 'g.' Granted, this wasn't directly a bill about wireless, but since McCain doesn't seem to have authored any law on wireless technology, I'm having to search for connections.

Of pending legistlation, McCain is NOT a sponsor of the "Connect the Nation Act" – though Senator Obama IS. McCain is NOT a sponsor of Senator Rockefeller's call for a universal next generation broadband by 2015 – though Senator Obama IS. And of course, McCain ISN'T a sponsor of the "Internet Freedom Act" that would ensure net neutrality – though Senator Obama IS. That last is no surprise. McCain has repeatedly OPPOSED net neutrality, saying that companies have a right to restrict speed or even limit access to sites "when you control the pipe you should be able to get profit from your investment."

So, McCain's "guiding hand" seems to consist of opposing the legislation that laid the groundwork for the communications we have today, and authoring failed legislation designed to benefit big carriers. Of course, we should probably be glad that John McCain really didn't invent the cell phone or wifi, otherwise we'd all be getting our wireless services from one monolithic company free to restrict our access to only the pages that pay for the privilege. And we'd all be using "Jitterbugs."

...and, not only did John McCain invent the cell phone and wifi, he was the first to tie them together in his other invention the Blackberry.

"He did this," Douglas Holtz-Eakin told reporters this morning, holding up his BlackBerry. "Telecommunications of the United States is a premier innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce committee so you're looking at the miracle John McCain helped create and that's what he did."
So now we know what McCain has been doing while missing all those votes in the Senate. He's been moonlighting as a Canadian MP -- RIM, the company that makes the Blackberry, is headquartered outside Toronto....CANADA!!!

Posted by: McCain/Palin - Dumber Than A Bag Of Rocks! | September 16, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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