McCain's Campaign Manager Still Works For Lobbying Firm

McCain's Campaign Manager Still Works For Lobbying Firm


This is contrary to what the campaign said earlier this week about Rick Davis’ ties to the lobbying firm he owns.

From Newsweek:

Rick Davis, John McCain’s campaign manager, has remained the treasurer and a corporate director of his lobbying firm this year, despite repeated statements by campaign officials that he had ended his relationship with the firm in 2006, according to corporate records. […]

In its initial statements to reporters this week, the McCain campaign said that the disclosure of the payments from Freddie Mac was irrelevant because Davis, who was never a registered lobbyist for the troubled housing corporation, had severed his relationship with Davis Manafort in 2006, and was no longer drawing any income from it. Jill Hazelbaker, the campaign’s communications director, said in an e-mail Tuesday that Davis “left” Davis Manafort in 2006. In a statement attacking The New York Times, posted on the campaign’s Web site on Wednesday, campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb said that Davis “separated from his consulting firm, Davis Manafort, in 2006.” (A senior campaign official, in an e-mail statement to NEWSWEEK that was not for attribution on Tuesday night, said “Rick is no longer affiliated with the firm.”)

But those statements appear to have overstated the extent to which Davis had severed his relationship with his lobbying firm. Filings made by “Davis Manafort Partners” with the Virginia Corporation Commission as recently as April 1, 2008, show that Davis was still listed as one of only two corporate officers and directors of the firm, according to records on the commission’s Web site reviewed by NEWSWEEK. That filing records Davis as the “treas/clerk” of the firm; his business partner, Paul Manafort is listed as the president and chief executive officer.

Another filing by “Davis Manafort, Inc.” (with the same Alexandria, Va. address, and recorded on Oct. 17, 2007) also lists Davis as an officer and director of the firm, reporting his position as “T/Clerk,” a reference to his formal title as corporate treasurer and clerk.

It’s getting harder and harder for the McCain camp to defend this guy, but at this point what choice do they have? They can’t fire their campaign manager with less than 40 days until the election. That would be suicide.

Nope, they’ll have to obfuscate and ride this one out and hope the media just ignores it.

  • stuperb

    “Nope, they’ll have to obfuscate and ride this one out and hope the media just ignores it.”

    Yup. That’s exactly what they’ll do, and why not? It’s been working for them so far, and now they have a handy economic crisis with which to distract us.

  • Jimmy the Dhimmi

    What did he do as a lobbyist and who was he lobbying? Maybe he lobbied to regulate the GSEs? Maybe he lobbied Democrats against regulation?

    Did you hear? Obama’s a muslim.

  • gerryf

    Did you hear? Obama’s a muslim.

    And that, my friends, is the white flag of surrender

  • Jimmy the Dhimmi

    Hey I saw him dressed as a muslim so therefore he must be one. We don’t need context. Just like we don’t know what Rick Davis did as a lobbyist or who he lobbied, but since he is now working in an unrelated capacity with McCain, it must mean McCain is responsible for the mortgage and loan crisis.