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10 months ago (Dec. 27, 2007):

Investment Banks Dole Out Record $30 Billion in Bonuses
Meanwhile investment bankers are celebrating on Wall Street. Four of the country’s largest banks—Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns– are expected to dole out an estimated $30 billion in bonuses this year. The CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, is receiving a record $68 million bonus. Last month housing advocates called on the nation’s largest investment banks to donate their holiday bonuses to a foreclosure prevention fund that will help prevent a new wave of foreclosures. NONE of the banks agreed to help set up the fund. Less than a year later, they are set to receive billions in taxpayer funds. Merry Christmas ’08, banking industry!
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Meanwhile McCain’s own ethics scandals are brewing…

McCain has a long history of unethical and questionable behavior. Here’s the latest:

WASHINGTON — Early in Senator John McCain’s first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers.

A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet. 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.

Mr. McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/21/us/politics/21mccain….

Links to additional sites that lay out a long pattern of unethical behavior, as well as sites that document his voting record and list his campaign contributors:

http://www.mccainpedia.org/index.php/Keating_Five

http://www.democrats.org/a/2006/12/mccains_ethics.php

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?CID=N00006424

http://www.votesmart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=S0061103

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