30 Aug 2004 John McCain: You Reap What You Sow
An observation by National Center executive director David W. Almasi:
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) isn’t happy with the Federal Election Commission’s Ellen Weintraub because she appears to be deliberately holding up reform of the unregulated spending of 527 political groups. Due to her footdragging, any chance to closing the loophole in the senator’s namesake campaign finance regulations will happen until next year — after groups such as Moveon.org and Americans Coming Together spend tens of millions of dollars attacking President Bush. Because of this, McCain now calls Weintraub an “apparatchik” of the Democrats.
What a difference a few months makes.
Weintraub, who was nominated to the FEC by Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), once counted McCain as her knight in shining armor. When conservatives in 2002 raised concerns about Weintraub’s impartiality due to to her law firm’s close ties to partisan campaign committees and her marriage to Senator Russell Feingold’s legislative director, McCain put a hold on ALL Bush Administration nominations until she got a recess appointment.