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Verizon and AT&T provided free cell towers to the McCain ranch

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Big Dakota, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. Big Dakota

    Big Dakota New Member

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    Wednesday, October 15, 2008
    Verizon and AT&T provided free cell towers to the McCain ranch, and admit it's because he's running for president
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    For free? Move over Ted Stevens, John McCain is up to bat!

    This isn't funny. That would be an illegal corporate contribution to the McCain campaign. And it's bribery of a sitting US Senator. Especially after AT&T admits that this is why they gave McCain the free goods - BECAUSE he's running for president. Are they mad? John McCain wasn't the Republican candidate yet - and even if he were, corporations can't donate free favors to his campaign - McCain was one of the many men running for the GOP nomination. (And did AT&T and Verizon offer these donations to other presidential candidates - I'll bet lots of candidates don't get good cell coverage at one of their 12 homes.) McCain was a nobody, campaign-wise - how does his being simply a candidate justify AT&T and Verizon giving him a huge illegal bribe? Are AT&T and Verizon stupid?

    No, they're very smart in fact. John McCain chaired the committee of jurisdiction, and now is one of the top Republicans, on their issues. So a bribe made a lot of sense, albeit completely criminal sense.

    Oh, and guess what else? McCain's senior staff in his personal office and campaign have worked as hired lobbyists for AT&T and Verizon. Surprise!

    From the Washington Post:
    Early in 2007, just as her husband launched his presidential bid, Cindy McCain decided to resolve an old problem -- the lack of cellular telephone coverage on her remote 15-acre ranch near Sedona, nestled deep in a tree-lined canyon called Hidden Valley.

    By the time Sen. John McCain's presidential bid was in full swing this summer, the ranch had wireless coverage from the two cellular companies most often used by campaign staff -- Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

    Verizon delivered a portable tower know as a "cell site on wheels" -- free of charge -- to Cindy McCain's property in June in response to an online request from Cindy McCain's staff early last year. Such devices are usually reserved for restoring service when cell coverage is knocked out during emergencies, such as hurricanes.

    In July, AT&T followed suit, wheeling in a portable tower for free to match Verizon's offer. "This is an unusual situation," said AT&T spokeswoman Claudia B. Jones. "You can't have a presidential nominee in an area where there is not cell coverage."

    Over the course of the past year, Cindy McCain had offered land for a permanent cell tower and Verizon embarked on an expensive process to meet her needs, hiring contractors and seeking county land-use permits even though few people other than the McCains would benefit from the tower.

    Ethics lawyers said Cindy McCain's dealings with the wireless companies stand out because Sen. John McCain is a senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the Federal Communications Commission and the telecommunications industry. He has been a leading advocate for industry-backed legislation, fighting regulations and taxes on telecommunications services.

    McCain and his campaign have close ties to Verizon and AT&T. Five campaign officials, including campaign manager Rick Davis, have worked as lobbyists for Verizon. Former McCain staffer Robert Fisher is an in-house lobbyist for Verizon and is volunteering for the campaign. Fisher, Verizon chief executive Ivan Seidenberg and company lobbyists have raised more than $1.3 million for McCain's presidential campaign and Verizon employees are among the top 20 corporate donors over McCain's political career, giving more than $155,000 to his campaigns.

    McCain's Senate chief of staff Mark Buse, senior strategist Charles R. Black Jr., and several other campaign staffers have registered as AT&T lobbyists in the past. AT&T Executive Vice President Timothy McKone and AT&T lobbyists have raised more than $2.3 million for McCain. AT&T employees have donated more than $325,000 to McCain campaigns, putting the company in the No. 3 spot for career donations to McCain, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
  2. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    And Obama got 300,000.00 for Resko.
  3. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    And McCain probably got more from Keating when you count the contributions, 9 trips for his whole family including baby sitter and the deal that Cindy and her Father made with Keating for a business.

    For the record...you started the but the other guy game in this thread...just a reminder.:cool:
  4. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    I didn't know you were online. :p:

    And McCain was cleared of any wrong doing. And "probably" isn't proof.
  5. canters

    canters Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Non-stories being peddled as "scandal news" like this one are why on one likes the MSM.

    This area may be an advantage for Barry. He had no record and his reume' is so thin and managed that it may be hard to find similar stories on him. Of course, I am assuming that someone in the MSM wants to find things about him????
  6. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    Key word the invalidates your whole statement.
  7. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    And Obama funneled 800,000+ to ACORN.
    If we are gonna go where you don't wanna go(associations,took money from,etc.)let me know.
  8. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    ok so both guys are corrupt buttmunches, problem is you people have to choose one of them
  9. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    There is no probably about it as I don't know how much each trip cost...however he did go on 9 seperate vacations, including his family baby sitter which was paid by Keating. Keating also did contribute over 100K McCain between 82-87 and Cindy and her father invested 359k in a keating business in 86.

    So the contributions plus cindy and her fathers investment alone rank to $459K and that is not including the 9 trips that Keating paid for McCain, his family and his baby sitter.

    Those are facts.
  10. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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