McCain Missing from Lobbying Reform, Courts K Street:


Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), in his quest for the 2008 GOP Presidential nod, has been courting the big donors and fundraisers in the Washington lobbying world and, at the same time, has left the lobbying reform leadership to others in the Senate. According to The Hill, McCain’s outreach to the lobbying community is causing reform advocates to criticize his lack of leadership in the current push for lobbying reform. One reform advocate stated, “I wish he’d been more publicly vocal in speaking out and had been a stronger supporter of the more significant reforms.” And a lobbyist and a major Bush fundraiser said, “In fundraising he’s getting down to reaching out to K Street … knowing full well that reaching down to K Street players downtown translates into corporate support outside D.C.”