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McCain Supporters and Their Land Swaps

POSTED: 01:50 PM ET, 05/ 9/2008 by The Editors

A Washington Post investigative article focuses new attention on deals involving federal land and campaign contributors to presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain.

The Post's Matthew Mosk reports that McCain championed legislation that will let an Arizona rancher trade remote grassland and ponderosa pine forest in his home state for acres of valuable federally owned property that is primed for development, a land swap that now stands to directly benefit one of his top presidential campaign fund-raisers.

The Arizona Republican was a key figure in pushing the deal through Congress after the rancher, Fred Ruskin, and his partners hired lobbyists that included McCain's 1992 Senate campaign manager, two of his former Senate staff members and an Arizona insider and major McCain donor. The job of building as many as 12,000 homes on the property was later given to SunCor Development, a Tempe, Ariz., firm run by Steven A. Betts, a longtime McCain supporter.

Betts says there is "absolutely no" connection between his contributions to McCain's presidential bids and the deal.

Questions about the Arizona development follow a New York Times story in April about McCain's relationship with a real estate developer and campaign fundraiser who also benefited from land swaps.

By The Editors |  May 9, 2008; 1:50 PM ET
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Mr. Mosk's article was very misleading and biased, in my opinion. I was involved with opposing the Ruskin deal from the beginning, and know first-hand what went on. McCain didn't "champion" or "push" for this deal at all. If anything, he reluctantly brought up the rear only after a clear consensus was reached that the deal was in fact in the greater public good. McCain was the only elected member of our congressional delegation to hold competent public hearings on the issue. He was the only one who heard and attempted to do something about the all-important water issue here, with the Title II portion of the legislation. It's unfortunate that the reporter didn't do a better job of presenting what happened in a fair and objective manner.

Posted by: Ziggy | May 10, 2008 10:19 AM

Keep up the good work on this story and don't pay attention to Ziggy. He's obviously a biased McCain supporter.

Posted by: Arny | May 18, 2008 4:38 AM

From the Birth Place of the Republican Party Jackson Michigan.
News about the Republican Parties leading officials and members are exposed.

Hello fellow American Citizens,
You decide which one of the following are the true criminals;
Deputies Jason Breining,Tim Schlundt,Duaine Pittman,Prosecutors Jessica Sutherland,Perry,Judge Justin,Attorney Tim Williams.

The following Court Records (case 08-3891-FY) and Evidence are available to veiw publically on and will prove that Jackson County Michigans corrupt Sheriffs Departments attempt to frame me Mr. Bengt V. Thulin first on four Felony Weapons charges.
When that failed they continued their attempt to frame me with two Misdemeanors for "Illegal possesion of a Signaling Device" and the law says that I was legal.
The Dash Cam Video does not show the two flare guns as loaded and the Jackson County Sheriffs Department deleted Three minutes and nineteen seconds of audio where the corrupt deputies talked about the fact that the flare guns were empty and also talked about how they were going to frame me.
They also stole $600.00 in the form of six one hundred dollar bills from me that I had in my money belt and I had photo copied them like I always do prior to securing them in my money belt. The Dash Cam Video from the Jackson County Squad Car will be on UTUBE cut into ten minute increments with links to it on this site page.
The Court Records and Evidence are photo's in this site page under "My Pics" as well.
I went to court on the 14th and 16th of May 2008. You can follow this cases progression on which is the courts own web site and on .
From the Corrupt Jackson County Sheriffs Deputies (Detective Tim Schlunt, Detective Duane M. Pitman and Deputy Jason Breining) to Prosecutor Jessica Sutherland P61467 and Prosecutor Perry to Judge Justin to my own Court appointed Lawyer Timothy Williams.
The Sheriffs Deputies Framed me.
The Prosecutors knowingly participated in the framining of me.
To Judge Justin refused to punish Jackson County Sheriff Deputy Captain Kevin Stellingworth who knowingly and willfully refused to obey the Subpeona to turn over the Dash Cam Video which proves I am innocent of the charges that I am being framed with.
Which makes Judge Justin and Captain Kevin Stellingworth Guilty of violating "MCL 750.478 Willful neglect of Duty".
For a better understanding of how they are framing me I have given posted comments to each one of these documents in "My Pics".
Please feal free to veiw and read them.
For Audio Proof Jackson Sheriffs attempt to set me up.
Now just go to www. myspace. com/jacktowntruthandjustice to listen to the recording of Sue Rose of Jackson Civil Process and myself while she tells me that according to Captain Kevin Stellingworth of the Jackson County Sheriffs Department I had to after 5 buisness days to walk in the front door of the Jackson County Sheriffs Department and pick up in person the Dash Cam Video that I had Subpeona'ed. The Court had Ordered him to deliver to me the Dash Cam Video according to the Subpeona signed by Judge Justin 4-28-2008.
The Subpeona clearly Ordered them to deliver it to me at my P.O. Box no later then May 7th 2008 .
They told them to tell me to pick it up in person when they had full knowledge of the fact that my Personal Recognicance Bond clearly stated that I can not enter the Jackson County Sheriffs Department.
They deliberately tried to set me up by getting me to violate my PR Bond. Veiw all the Evidence for yourself. Then decide.
I no that I am innocent. Now see it for yourselves.
Mr. Bengt V. Thulin
Ret. Court Officer State of Michigan
Jackson , Michigan

P.S. Check it out for yourself and you will see that I am telling the truth. Don't forget to sign in and veiw my PICS where I give notated comments on each document and how the Law was violated and show how the JSO tripped themselves up with their own lies.
Dash Cam Video is in my possesion by Subpoena and it has been altered by JSO and that is a Felony.
I intend to produce experts in Court to prove this.
The Prosecutor did not even show up Last Friday in Court for my hearing before Judge Justin.
My next Court date is May 27th 2008. Check the Court's Calander at for the time.
You all come on down and watch me make fools of those crooked Jackson County Sheriffs Deputies and Prosecutor.
Come to the free Wiilie protest as well on Thursday May 22, 2008 in front of the courthouse from 3:30 to 4:30.

Posted by: Civil Servant | May 19, 2008 2:31 PM

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