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McCain’s Big Cable Bill

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

(SNN)John McCain, one of the key architects of the campaign contribution reform legislation that bears his name, now appears to be in a conflict of interest in the way his Reform Institute accepted money.

McCain invited the CableVision CEO to testify before a Senate committee on a la carte pricing

The issue stems from two donations of $100,000 from a cable company called CableVision. The nation's eighth largest cable provider, Cablevision serves 3 million customers in the New York area. After McCain invited the CableVision CEO to testify before a Senate committee on a la carte pricing, the company was solicited for the donations by McCain’s chief political advisor, Rick Davis. In addition to the $200,000, CableVision pays Davis an additional $110,000 a year. This has led many analysts to believe that there was either some sort of backroom deal going on, or that Davis is extremely good at talking people out of their money.

Picture the Senator rolling around in piles of money and touching himself inappropriately

McCain has pointed out that before you picture the Senator rolling around in piles of money and touching himself inappropriately, you should remember that the CableVision donations were not in conflict with the McCain Feingold bill. "If it was a PAC [political action committee] or if it was somehow connected to any campaign of mine, I would say to you, that's a legitimate appearance of conflict of interest. But it's not," McCain told The Associated Press. "There's not a conflict of interest when you're involved in an organization that is nonpartisan, nonprofit, nonpolitical."

While McCain claims that the organization is nonpolitical, it is very keen on promoting John McCain. The organization’s website seems a virtual shrine to McCain. While McCain chairs the organizations advisory board, he claims to have little or no affiliation with the group. McCain claims that lately they have become too “clingy” and that he has not answered their calls or returned their messages in quite awhile.

John McCain is a Senator from Arizona.

A la Cart pricing is a method for reducing the size of cable bills for people who only watch Real Sex.


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