Rut roh. McCain campaign manager Rick Davis has some ‘splaining to do.  Davis yesterday on an official McCain campaign call (full audio here):

“I never lobbied a single day….And our work for the Homeownership Alliance had ended probably about a year, year-and-a-half before that even started. So it’s been over three years since — since there’s been any activity in this area and since I had any contact with those folks.”

Newsweek today:

…Davis’s lobbying firm, Davis Manafort…continued to receive $15,000 a month from Freddie Mac until last month—long after the Homeownership Alliance had been terminated….Davis himself approached Freddie Mac in 2006 and asked for a new consulting arrangement that would allow his firm to continue to be paid. The arrangement was approved by Hollis McLoughlin, Freddie Mac’s senior vice president for external relations, because "he [Davis] was John McCain’s campaign manager and it was felt you couldn’t say no," said one of the sources. [McLoughlin did not return phone calls].

Davis himself asked for the money in 2006.  Can’t say he didn’t know, can you?  

Which backs up what the NYTimes had previously reported.  The WaPo reports that Davis’ firm did little actual work for the payola.  As does RollCall: "I never saw that Rick was asked to ever do anything."  Nice non-work if you can leverage it.  And on the public’s dime, too…

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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