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John McCain is truly a "man of the people". According to his most recent financial disclosure report, all book royalties and appearance fees are donated to charity, leaving McCain's sole income as his Senate salary of $169,300 and Navy pension of about $56,000. He has also declared two joint bank accounts worth up to $15,000 each. Thanks to a convenient prenuptial agreement, John McCain is essentially a poor man by Senate standards, and his wife's fortune is irrelevant. According to government records, McCain has described his wife's salary as simply "more than $1,000", and, in a recent Today Show interview, Cindy McCain explained that she "is not a candidate" and has no obligation to disclose her personal finances. As heiress to her father's stake in Hensley & Co. of Phoenix, the third-largest Anheuser-Bush wholesaler in the United States, Cindy McCain is widely assumed within the beer industry to own a majority of the company, making her an executive whose worth would be at least $100 million. Beverage industry analysts estimate Hensley's value at more than $250 million and its annual sales at $300 million or more. Cindy McCain is Hensley's chairwoman and holds at least a 20 percent stake in the company, according to Arizona corporate records. Cindy McCain's beer earnings have afforded her hubby a wealthy lifestyle that includes a private jet and numerous vacation homes, but those are totally meaningless.
The beer industry and its lobbyists, through its PAC - the National Beer Wholesalers Association, oppose drunken-driving laws; alcoholic-beverage taxes; beer labeling and advertising rules; recycling programs and campaign finance restrictions. Many of those issues come under the purview of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which McCain chaired from 1997-2001 and again from 2003-2005. Interestingly, McCain voted "present" when the Senate voted in March 1998 to withhold state highway funding from states that failed to adopt a .08 blood-alcohol standard for drunken driving. Two years later, McCain voted against the fiscal 2001 transportation appropriations bill, which set a national .08 standard, claiming that he had voted against "pork barrel spending".
There is no question about it: John McCain is a man of the people.

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When laws are broken, somebody's got to be punished. In the case of Cindy McCain, that somebody is Tom Gosinski

By Amy Silverman, Jeremy Voas
Published on September 08, 1994
Phoenix New Times News

You're U.S. Senator John McCain, and you've got a big problem.
Your wife, Cindy, was addicted to prescription painkillers. She stole pills from a medical-aid charity she heads and she used the names of unsuspecting employees to get prescriptions. The public is about to find out about it.
Until now, you've managed to keep it all quiet. When Tom Gosinski, a man your wife fired, sued for wrongful termination and threatened to expose the whole sordid story, you didn't hesitate to call in the big guns.

John Dowd, the attorney who got you out of your Keating Five mess, worked on getting your wife a sweetheart deal with federal prosecutors. He also made Gosinski's lawsuit go away.

He didn't stop there.
To help maintain your reputation and discredit your wife's accuser, Dowd called Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley and complained that Gosinski was trying to extort money. Romley, your Republican ally, promptly launched an extortion investigation.

But now New Times makes a public records request for documents in the extortion case. It's only a matter of days before the story gets out.

Here's what the senator does.
He calls in another big gun, political strategist Jay Smith, who conceives a rather remarkable plan.

On August 19--just three days before the records are to be made public--Smith parades your wife before a select group of journalist friends. She tells a tale of pain and triumph, and, incredibly, all the reporters agree to sit on the story until August 22. When Cindy McCain says her confession is intended to quell rumors and to inspire other druggies to turn their lives around, the journalists lap it up. They write about her "bravery." The first round of stories is one-sided. There is no mention of Tom Gosinski or Romley's extortion investigation.

Read the whole story here ...



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