Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) frequently touts former EBay CEO Meg Whitman as someone he goes to for economic advice, even floating her as a possible Treasury Secretary. In his statement on the economy today, however, McCain incorrectly claimed that Whitman was the “founder” of EBay:
And next to him is a person well known to most Americans, Meg Whitman, the founder of EBay. I often like to repeat, 12 years ago, there was five employees, and now 1.3 million people around the globe making a living off of EBay.
As Huffington Post notes, “Whitman joined eBay as CEO in 1998, three years after it was founded by Pierre Omidyar, a Barack Obama supporter.”