Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Freddie Mac paid $15,000 a month to McCain's Campaign Manager's Company
"The disclosure contradicts a statement by Senator McCain that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, right, had no involvement with the company for the last several years."
Breaking News from the New York Times:
"WASHINGTON-- By JACKIE CALMES and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager from the end of 2005 through last month, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement. The disclosure contradicts a statement Sunday night by Mr. McCain that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had no involvement with the company for the last several years. Mr. Davis’s firm received the payments from the company, Freddie Mac, until it was taken over by the government this month along with Fannie Mae, the other big mortgage lender whose deteriorating finances helped precipitate the cascading problems on Wall Street, the people said.
"They said they did not recall Mr. Davis doing much substantive work for the company in return for the money, other than speak to a political action committee composed of high-ranking employees in October 2006 on the coming midterm congressional elections. They said Mr. Davis’s firm, Davis & Manafort, was kept on the payroll because of Mr. Davis’s close ties to Mr. McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, who was widely expected by 2006 to run again for the White House."
McCain Aide’s Firm Was Paid by Freddie Mac