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McCain Tapdances Past FEC With More Freebies From The Sugar Momma Express

Oh, look who is skirting the letter of the law again — Mr. Campaign Finance Reform Public Image Truthiness, himself. The McCain campaign’s new slogan must be "do as I pretend to believe, not what I actually get away with this time." To wit:

…The plane is owned by King Aviation LLC, a subsidiary of her family’s beer distributorship, Hensley & Co., where Mrs. McCain is chairman.

She used the jet on several trips last year that included campaign-related activity but never got campaign reimbursement, according to flight-tracking records and campaign-finance reports verified by the McCain campaign….

If the campaign had paid for Mrs. McCain’s trip to New York and three others that appear to have included some campaign work, it would likely have cost a total of about $15,000, the equivalent of first-class fare for the trips combined.

Jan Baran, a Republican campaign lawyer, said the campaign should have paid. "I don’t know why they want to fight it," he said. "The chutzpah is not that they’re not paying for this trip, it’s that they’re using a corporate airplane at a highly discounted rate."…

Nice when your Sugar Momma is willing to pick up the tab for you, isn’t it? The rules apparently only apply if we aren’t talking about Republicans. Even those Republicans who like to prance around and pretend to be all mavericky and shit. Wonder if McCain’s lobbying cronies for the oil industry have gotten him a fuel discount for the Sugar Momma Express, too? Just asking…

(YouTube on McCain’s oil industry lobbying crony ties via BraveNewFilms.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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