Originally Answered: Are there any Barack Obama dems that can give a logical explanation to Obama's associations?
Yes we can and have done it about 100 times. No we are not concerned because the associations are bogus. No we can't answer the same bogus questions about Obama ad nauseam without bringing up McCain's actual membership in the Keating 5. You cons need to explain just once "how you can support someone with this shady background-please explain." You don't provide any sources or backup for your allegations, just lots of question marks and LOLs. That is immature and proves nothing.
More on Keating 5:
“Not everyone was satisfied with the Senate Ethics Committee conclusions. Fred Wertheimer, president of Common Cause, which had initially demanded the investigation, thought the treatment of the senators far too lenient, and said, "The U.S. Senate remains on the auction block to the Charles Keatings of the world." Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen, called it a "whitewash". Jonathan Alter of Newsweek said it was a classic case of the government trying to investigate itself, labelling the Senate Ethics Committee "shameless" for having "let four of the infamous Keating Five off with a wrist tap." Margaret Carlson of Time suspected the committee had timed its first report to coincide with the run-up to the Gulf War, minimizing its news impact.”
“WASHINGTON - As William K. Black watches John McCain move toward the Republican presidential nomination, he thinks of a day 21 years ago that he considers one of the most troubling of his life.
Black, a senior federal savings and loan regulator at the time, attended a meeting at which he felt McCain and four other senators pressured federal regulators to back off from investigating the troubled Lincoln Savings and Loan.
"I remain very upset that what they did caused such damage," said Black, now a professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, recalling how Lincoln's bankruptcy cost the government $3 billion. Moreover, he said he believes McCain intervened partly because his wife had invested money with Lincoln chairman Charles Keating, a campaign contributor who let the McCains use his home in the Bahamas.”
“McCain and Keating had become personal friends following their initial contacts in 1981. Between 1982 and 1987, McCain had received $112,000 in political contributions from Keating and his associates. In addition, McCain's wife Cindy McCain and her father Jim Hensley had invested $359,100 in a Keating shopping center in April 1986, a year before McCain met with the regulators. McCain, his family, and their baby-sitter had made nine trips at Keating's expense, sometimes aboard Keating's jet. Three of the trips were made during vacations to Keating's opulent Bahamas retreat at Cat Cay. McCain did not pay Keating (in the amount of $13,433) for some of the trips until years after they were taken, when he learned that Keating was in trouble over Lincoln.
The ultimate cost of the crisis is estimated to have totaled around $160.1 billion, about $124.6 billion of which was directly paid for by the U.S. taxpayer..
The concomitant slowdown in the finance industry and the real estate market may have been a contributing cause of the 1990-1991 economic recession. Between 1986 and 1991, the number of new homes constructed per year dropped from 1.8 million to 1 million, the lowest rate since World War II.”
“McCain also has faced fresh criticism for pushing the Federal Communications Commission to make a decision in a 1999 case affecting another major campaign donor, Paxson Communications. Responding to recent coverage of that case, his campaign issued a statement last week saying the Arizona senator has "never done favors for special interests."
That declaration appeared at odds with McCain's previous acknowledgment that he made errors in the Keating Five case, which he called in his 2002 autobiography the "worst mistake of my life." The McCain campaign was asked repeatedly over a weeklong period to reconcile the two statements, but declined to respond to that or other questions related to the Keating episode.
McCain has also seemed to soften his earlier statements about being influenced by political donors and lobbyists. In 2000, McCain told the Globe: "People give money to buy access. We're all tainted by this system. . . . They have access, and therefore they have influence. It corrupts the system. And I'm a victim of it, too."
And about Paxson:
"McCain, TV chief stories contradict
Paxson says senator met him, lobbyist over sale of WQEX
Saturday, February 23, 2008
By James V. Grimaldi and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, The Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- Broadcaster Lowell "Bud" Paxson yesterday contradicted statements from Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign that the senator did not meet with Mr. Paxson or his lobbyist before sending two controversial letters to the Federal Communications Commission on Mr. Paxson's behalf.
Mr. Paxson said he talked with Mr. McCain in his Washington office several weeks before the Arizona Republican wrote the letters in 1999 to the FCC urging a rapid decision on Mr. Paxson's quest to acquire a Pittsburgh television station in a controversial three-way deal involving WQED Pittsburgh.
Mr. Paxson also recalled that his lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, likely attended the meeting in Mr. McCain's office, and that Ms. Iseman helped arrange the meeting. "Was Vicki there? Probably," Mr. Paxson said in an interview with The Washington Post yesterday. "The woman was a professional. She was good. She could get us meetings."
The recollection of the now-retired Mr. Paxson conflicted with the account provided by the McCain campaign about the two letters at the center of a controversy about the senator's ties to Ms. Iseman, a partner at the lobbying firm of Alcalde & Fay.
The McCain campaign said Thursday that the senator had not met with Mr. Paxson or Ms. Iseman on the matter. "No representative of Mr. Paxson or Alcalde and Fay personally asked Senator McCain to send a letter to the FCC regarding this proceeding," the campaign said in a statement.
But Mr. Paxson said yesterday, "I remember going there to meet with him." He recalled that he told Mr. McCain: "You're head of the Commerce Committee. The FCC is not doing its job. I would love for you to write a letter."
The Paxson deal, coming as Mr. McCain made his first run for the presidency, has posed a persistent problem for the senator. The deal raised embarrassing questions about his dealings with lobbyists at a time when he had assumed the role of an ethics champion and opponent of the influence of lobbyists.
The two letters he wrote to the FCC in 1999, while he was chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, produced a rash of criticism and a written rebuke from the then-FCC chairman, who called Mr. McCain's intervention "highly unusual." Mr. McCain had repeatedly used Mr. Paxson's corporate jet for his campaign and accepted campaign contributions from the broadcaster and his law firm."