Feb 22, 2008

McCain and Lobbyist Vicki Iseman; Affair, Ethics Breach, or Both?

She appears to have leveraged his support for her clients in a way that special favors were evident, even out of bounds for a Senator from which her clients directly benefited.

Most have forgotten about the Keating Five scandal of which McCain was a part, a gross ethical violation that should have banished McCain earlier from any Presidential consideration.

Vicki Iseman: Who Is McCain Scandal Figure?

On Wednesday night, an otherwise obscure telecommunications lobbyist by the name of Vicki Iseman was thrust into the media and campaign spotlight, after a New York Times story suggested that she and Sen. John McCain had a close relationship that may have been romantic.

Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself -- instructing staff members to block the woman's access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.

When news organizations reported that Mr. McCain had written letters to government regulators on behalf of the lobbyist's client, the former campaign associates said, some aides feared for a time that attention would fall on her involvement.
Vicki Iseman: Who Is McCain Scandal Figure?
Here is a list of all the clients Iseman lobbied on behalf of
"companies for whom Mr. McCain's commerce committee was pivotal."