McCain Vows Lifetime Lobby Ban on Aides

Candidate calls pork-pushers 'symptom of a disease'
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Aug 21, 2008 8:58 AM CDT
John McCain talks about various issues during a town hall meeting Wednesday in Las Cruces, N.M. In an interview after the meeting McCain pledged that none of his staff would return to lobbying.   (AP Photo/The La Cruces Sun-News, Shari Vialpando)
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(Newser) – Calling lobbyists “the symptom of a disease,” John McCain railed against earmarking and pork-barrel spending yesterday, telling Politico that members of his administration would be barred from lobbying after life at the White House. Some of McCain’s top campaign aides are former lobbyists, and the senator has already pledged that none of his current staff will return to the influence game.

Claiming that lobbyists avoid his office because “they’re not going to get a pork-barrel project,” McCain charged that “Senator Obama has asked for nearly a billion dollars" for such earmarks. The GOP hopeful is ratcheting up his reform cred to undermine Obama’s central campaign pledge, contending that lobbyists would be “out of business” if Washington stopped funding “bridges to nowhere.”