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McCain falsely claims his surrogate Meg Whitman was the ‘founder’ of EBay.

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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.

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As Huffington Post notes, “Whitman joined eBay as CEO in 1998, three years after it was founded by Pierre Omidyar, a Barack Obama supporter.”

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