<snip a whole lotta BS>
Here's some hilarity for ya:
Since 2006, the federally sponsored mortgage giant Freddie Mac has
paid at least $345,000 to the lobbying and consulting firm of John
McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis, according to two sources
familiar with the arrangement...
McCain and his aides have vehemently objected to suggestions that
Davis has ties to Freddie Mac—an especially sensitive issue given that
the Republican presidential candidate has blamed "the lobbyists,
politicians and bureaucrats" for the mortgage crisis that recently
prompted the Bush administration to take over both Freddie Mac and its
companion, Fannie Mae, and put them under federal conservatorship.
But neither the Times story—nor the McCain campaign—revealed that
Davis's lobbying firm, Davis Manafort, based in Washington, D.C.,
continued to receive $15,000 a month from Freddie Mac until last month—
long after the Homeownership Alliance had been terminated. The two
sources, who requested anonymity discussing sensitive information,
told NEWSWEEK that Davis himself approached Freddie Mac in 2006 and
asked for a new consulting arrangement that would allow his firm to
continue to be paid. The arrangement was approved by Hollis
McLoughlin, Freddie Mac's senior vice president for external
relations, because "he [Davis] was John McCain's campaign manager and
it was felt you couldn't say no," said one of the sources...