Vicki Iseman is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to John McCain’s associations with lobbyists, the Washington Post reports. McCain targets special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are or have been lobbyists representing some of the country’s biggest corporations. Top adviser Charles Black currently numbers GM, JPMorgan, and AT&T among his clients.
McCain yesterday continued to insist his friendships don’t influence his action on legislation. But the candidate has far more lobbyists on staff—and far more top fundraisers who lobby—than his rivals. Some say that conflicts with his crusading role on ethics, and his staffers say they recuse themselves when their clients’ issues enter McCain's orbit.