Thursday, September 18, 2008

This Week's Plastic Truth Award: The Mavericks

This one goes to John McCain. Here's what he said recently in reference to the Fannie/Freddie meltdown. This is a quote, folks.

 "Sen. Obama did nothing, and actually profited from this system of abuse and scandal. While Fannie and Freddie were working to keep Congress away from their house of cards, Sen. Obama was taking their money. He got more, in fact, than any other member of Congress, except for the Democratic chairmen of the committee that oversees them…Using money and influence, they prevented reforms that would have curbed their power and limited their ability to damage our economy. And now, as ever, the American taxpayers are left to pay the price for Washington’s failure."

Here's the G2 on who works for the self described Mavericks.

Rick Davis, Campaign Manager, led the Homeownership Alliance that fought for Fannie, Freddie and others.
Charlie Black, a top adviser, earned huge sums lobbying Fannie and Freddie.
Fred Malek, a national finance co-chair, is a former Freddie board member.

McCain Fannie lobbyists:
Wayne Berman – National Finance Co-Chairman
Kirk Blalock - fundraiser 
Kirsten Chadwick – fundraiser
Arthur Culvahouse – Headed the veep hunt
John Green – Congressional liaison 
Richard Hohlt – fundraiser 
Aleix Jarvis – fundraiser 
Mike Kennedy – fundraiser 
Alison McSlarrow – Women for McCain Steering committee
Aquiles Suarez – Economic adviser 

McCain Freddie lobbyists: 
Wayne Berman – 
a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lobbyist who is a McCain national finance co-chair.  

Carlos Bonilla – economic adviser 

Melissa Edwards – fundraiser 
Juleanna Glover Weiss – fundraiser 
John Green – Congressional liaison 
Susan Molinari – Women for McCain Steering committee
Don Sundquist – Tennessee State co-chair 

Dan Crippen — a policy adviser and a finance lobbyist.

David Crane — a policy adviser and finance lobbyist

Janet Grissom — a steering committee member and a finance lobbyist.

Vicki Hart — a steering committee member and finance lobbyist.

James Hyland — a fundraiser; steering committee member and finance lobbyist.

Arthur Culvahouse — a Fannie Mae lobbyist who headed McCain’s veep search.

John Green — a Congressional liaison and lobbyist.

Susan Molinari — a steering committee member and Freddie Mac lobbyist.

Don Sundquist — Tennessee co-chair and Freddie Mac lobbyist.

Alison McSlarrow — a steering committee member and Fannie Mae lobbyist.

Aquiles Suarez – an economic adviser and Fannie Mae lobbyist

The following are McCain fund-raisers and financial lobbyists for ailing financial firms: Melissa Edwards, Juleanna Glover Weiss, Richard Hohlt, Aleix Jarvis, Mike Kennedy, Kirk Blalock, Kirsten Chadwick, .Peter Madigan, Steve Phillips, Judy Black, Kirsten Chadwick

And last but not least, there's Phil "Americans are a bunch of whiners" Gramm, economic policy adviser who wrote the Financial Modernization Act of 1999 that many blame for opening the floodgates. Also wrote the Enron loophole in 2001.

The Obama campaign does have some people connected with this group, and in the interests of full disclosure (which is more than the Maverick Party seems to be capable of), here they are:

Robert Rubin — The former Clinton administration Treasury Secretary who advised Bill Clinton to sign Gramm’s legislation.

William Daley — the former Commerce Secretary and an Obama adviser and lobbied for Fannie Mae

Jim Johnson — was a veep search adviser and fundraiser until quitting over loans he got from Fannie Mae, which he ran before the firm dipped so deeply into subprime territory.

Penny Pritzker — Obama’s national finance chair, her familiy co-owned Superior Bank FSB, which went belly up in 2001, and runs credit reporting giant TransUnion.

Brandon Hurlbut — a liaison in New Hampshire, lobbied for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies.

Broderick Johnson — an informal adviser and high-powered lobbyist for a number of finance firms.

Obama also has fund-raisers who lobby or are leaders at big finance firms. The Obama campaign says these people have no input on policy. They include: Timothy Broas, who lobbied for AIG’s; Ted Janulis, John Rhea, and Nadja Fidelia, of Lehman Brothers, Eric Schwarz, Todd Williams and David Heller of Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup’s Michael Froman and J. Michael Schell.

My apologies to the NY Daily News and Mike McAuliff for grabbing a buncha stuff, but this shit is BIG.

Read the Daily News, people. They'll set you straight.


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