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H/t: Shaun Dakin, founder of the National Political Do Not Call Registry, who said he had never heard of a robocall quite like McCain’s.
“I can’t really remember a committee that had used the voice of a sitting representative in order to drive grassroots activism around a specific issue,” he told Huff Post.
He and his former running mate have a lot more in common than we thought: Ethics complaints. Couldn’t happen to a crankier robo-caller:
A Washington political watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint with the Senate over robo-calls Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made, urging voters to pressure their senators into supporting a McCain-led amendment to the Senate health care bill.
I do believe he’s old enough to know better. Your thoughts?
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, filed the complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee on Wednesday, saying the Arizona senator and former presidential candidate violated Senate ethics rule 38, which prohibits senators from using political money to fund official Senate business.
CREW says when McCain used money from the National Republican Senatorial Committee to fund the robo-calls, he broke rule 38.
Goodness, I hope he can repair it.
“By urging voters to call their senators to urge them to support his motion, Sen. McCain was engaged in grassroots lobbying,” CREW said in a statement.
Now if that’s not an oxymoron, I don’t know what is. However, juxtaposing the word “lobbying” with the name “J Sid” is not exactly a stretch.
Of course, Lobbyson McCrankyPants predictably retorted with the obvious: