Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

McCain's campaign ties to Vlad Putin

Saw this in the WSJ this morning. It's amazing how the "old timers" with all the experience are the ones with the most gaffes when it comes to associations, purchased or otherwise.

A consultant to Sen. John McCain hired a public-relations firm last year to burnish the U.S. image of a Ukrainian political party backed by Russian leader Vladimir Putin, according to documents filed with the Justice Department.

The lobbying firm of Davis Manafort Inc. arranged for the public-relations firm's work through an affiliate last spring, at the same time Davis Manafort was being paid by the Republican presidential candidate's campaign. The firm is co-owned by lobbyist Rick Davis, manager of Sen. McCain's presidential campaign, and longtime Republican strategist Paul Manafort.

Tsk Tsk Tsk... this is worst than Mark Penn's duplicitous work for Hillary. According to the Article the filing states:

"Davis Manafort International LLC is directed by a foreign political party, the Ukraine Parties [sic] of Regions, to consult on the political campaign in Ukraine," the filing states.
Chris Deri, an Edelman employee who worked on the contract, said its work took place in the summer and fall of 2007 and was "almost entirely focused on U.S. media."

This of course comes on the heels of the Maverick's having people on staff with similar ties to the Military Junta in Burma... you know the one letting 1 million of its people die right now, as well as persons associated with the terrorist organization Hezbollah as well as Middle East Oil Magnates.

Quoteth a spokesman of Mr. McCain: "There has been no greater enemy of the status quo and corrupt lobbying practices in Washington than John McCain..."

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