Our guest blogger is Daniella Leger, the Vice President for Communications at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
During her speech last night to the Republican National Convention, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) made a point of highlighting how Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has stood up to lobbyists:
Sen. McCain’s record of actual achievement and reform helps explain why so many special interests, lobbyists and comfortable committee chairmen in Congress have fought the prospect of a McCain presidency — from the primary election of 2000 to this very day.
Perhaps Palin should have vetted the McCain campaign before she spoke. If she had, she would have realized that the McCain campaign has more than 159 lobbyists working and raising money for it, and their influence is seen in his foreign and economic policy.
A prime example is Senior Campaign Advisor Charlie Black, whose clients include big oil, drug companies and banks. Given Black’s influence in the campaign, it is no wonder that McCain has no real solution to the housing crisis and his policies favor oil and drug companies.
So, before Palin comes to clean up Washington, D.C., maybe she should swing by her campaign office and get the McCain/Palin house in order.