Who McCain Group Accepted Money From Proves We Need to Drain the Swamp

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We all knew that John McCain was part of the swamp in Washington. We just didn’t know how desperately the Republican senator needed to be drained, too.

According to a report from The Daily Caller, the McCain Institute for International Leadership, a group founded by the Arizona senator in the wake of his 2008 presidential defeat, has accepted money from billionaire liberal George Soros and a corporation with strong links to the Clinton family.

Questions over the organization arose over what’s known as the “Sedona Forum” — a setup not wholly unlike the Clinton Foundation’s notorious Clinton Global Initiative, which provided yearly symposiums where power players from the world of business and government met.

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The Daily Caller described it as an event which “annually co-mingled special interests and powerful political players in alleged pay-to-play schemes.”

The Institute, which has assets valued at $8.1 million and is associated with Arizona State University, was started in 2012 using $9 million in funds from McCain’s dumpster fire of a 2008 campaign. It’s supposedly “dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom.”

However, the group has taken “as much as” $100,000 from George Soros and Teneo, a company founded by Clinton Foundation associate Doug Band. A report from Bloomberg also said there had been a $1 million donation from the Saudi Arabians, and it’s also taken at least $100,000 from a Moroccan state-run company and a private equity and real estate firm with ties to a pro-Iranian group.

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Needless to say, this has raised no small amount of alarm among watchdog groups… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]

“In terms of the ethics of it, it does raise a broad question of people trying to get good will with the elected official,” Lawrence Noble, general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, told The Daily Caller. “From a personal standpoint, I’d rather not see these entities exist.”

And he wasn’t alone.

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“This is a very real conflict of interest,” Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen, told The Daily Caller. “This is the similar type of pattern we received with the Clinton Foundation in which foreign governments and foreign interests were throwing a lot of money in the hopes of trying to buy influence.”

Public Citizen, by the way, is far from a conservative group. You may have heard about its founder, Ralph Nader.

McCain’s people have tried to brush the situation off in the past by saying that the senator is barely involved in the organization.

“Senator McCain was greatly honored that Arizona State University established an Institute for International Leadership named for him and his family, in recognition of their generations of service to the country in international affairs,” a McCain spokeswoman told KNXV-TV in April after the Saudi Arabia donation came to light.

“Senator McCain holds no position with the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, or with its supporting organizations, and has no role in the governance or operation of the Institute.”

However, the Sedona Forum’s website points out that “(t)he highlight of the 2017 session included a keynote conversation between Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, USA, National Security Advisor to President Trump.” In other words, McCain is involved in the most controversial aspect of the Institute — clearly problematic no matter how little he’s involved in its governance.

Equally problematic is the acceptance of donations from a number of questionable entities — especially Soros, who has made it clear he’s willing to do anything within his power to disrupt the Republican agenda.

This is made doubly troublesome by the fact that McCain has arguably done more to aid the liberal agenda than some Democrats have. Here’s a man who has threatened to shut down the president’s nomination for deputy secretary of defense, has said Barack Obama is a better leader than Donald Trump, has repeatedly scuffled with conservative Sen. Rand Paul and has been one of the most liberal Republicans in government.

The fact that a McCain-linked entity has taken money from the Soros empire is a deeply disturbing prospect, and one that the Arizona senator needs to address.

H/T Breitbart

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