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#1 Posted on 8.3.05 1401.04 Reposted on: 8.3.12 1402.19
This looks a little bit tacky given his campaign finance stance:
Originally posted by AP 3/8/2005 senator promotes a government policy sought by a corporation while a tax-exempt group closely tied to him solicits and gets $200,000 from the same company.
Campaign finance watchdogs say that creates the appearance of a conflict of interest.
To their surprise, the senator is Arizona Republican John McCain, whom they usually praise for advocating campaign finance restrictions.
McCain's help to Cablevision Systems Corp. included letting its CEO testify before his Senate committee, writing a letter of support to the Federal Communication Commission and asking other cable companies to support so-called a la carte pricing.
McCain had expressed interest in exploring the a la carte option for years before Cablevision advocated it but did not take a formal position with regulators until after the company's first donation.
Most of the cable industry opposes the flexible pricing plan, which would allow customers to pick the channels they want rather than buy fixed-price packages. McCain, Cablevision and other supporters say it would lower prices for consumers, but congressional and private studies conclude it could make cable more expensive....
...McCain said he saw nothing wrong with the group's raising money from a company whose issue he championed because the donations didn't go to his re-election campaign.
He said -- and documents provided by his office show -- he expressed interest in a la carte pricing since at least 1998, well before Cablevision advocated it.
"If it was a PAC [political action committee] or if it was somehow connected to any campaign of mine, I would say to you, that's a legitimate appearance of conflict of interest. But it's not," McCain told The Associated Press.
"There's not a conflict of interest when you're involved in an organization that is nonpartisan, nonprofit, nonpolitical."
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