Breaking down the facts on McCain's role in the Keating Five scandal.
By: Abdon M. Pallasch
October 6, 2008
Here are the truths and falsehoods regarding Sen. John McCain's role in the Keating Five savings and loan scandal:
1) John McCain was "exonerated" of any role in the scandal. False.
The Senate Ethics committee censured McCain, saying he "exercised poor judgment in intervening with the regulators." Bob Bennett, the high-powered Democratic attorney who headed the investigation, said he recommended McCain and Democratic Sen. John Glenn be dropped from the inquiry because he found them far less culpable than the other three senators. But the Senate's Democratic majority refused his recommendation because it would have taken the only Republican out of the inquiry.
2) McCain's actions in meeting with federal regulators cost Americans $2 billion. Partially True
After McCain and the other senators met twice with regulators, they backed off their plans to close Keating's savings and loan. Former regulator William Black, one of the people in on that meeting, said the cost to taxpayers of that biggest-ever failure of a savings-and-loan grew from $1 billion to $3.4 billion during those two years. Bennett said the other senators were more culpable than McCain and kept up the pressure on regulators even after that second meeting, while McCain dropped the effort.
3) McCain paid back the $13,433 to Keating for nine corporate and charter jet flights McCain and his family took to Keating's home in the Bahamas, among other places, from 1984 to 1986 but which McCain initially failed to disclose as required. True.
4) McCain was the only one of the five senators to "throw Keating out of his office." True, but that was before the two meetings.
5) Keating and friends donated $112,000 to McCain's campaigns over the years. True.
6) McCain's wife and father's company invested $359,000 in a Keating shopping center True.
In a conference call Monday, McCain's attorney John Dowd said McCain was not aware of his wife's investment. But the Washington Post reported that McCain admitted knowing about the investment during Senate hearings on the issue.
7) When told federal regulators were preparing to recommend criminal charges against Lincoln Savings and Loan, McCain backed off his pressuring of regulators. McCain expressed contrition about his role and became an advocate for campaign finance reform. True. http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/mccain/1205087,CST-NWS-fact07web.article
Overall, my view is that McCain's involvement in the Keating Five scandal pales in comparison to his history of lying and flip-flopping (second video down). Below is the complete Keating Five video that was just released. Press play to watch the Keating Five video.
If you what to see the "Real John McCain". The self-proclaimed "MAVERICK" and self-professed moral and righteous individual, please click play on the video below. This has been #1 most viewed video on YouTube and it shows John McCain and his tangled web of lies and half-truths. THIS IS THE "REAL JOHN MCCAIN"
This is NOT a pro-Obama website! These are the published FACTS about John McCain. I am offended that this "McCheater" attempts to portray himself as a righteous, moral, honest and truthful "leader". A liar and cheat is no role model for our children. John McCain is a true politician! Spread the truth!!