Arizona Sen. John McCain is the definition of a Republican In Name Only (RINO), and when news recently broke about his McCain Institute for International Leadership taking dirty money from anti-American billionaire George Soros, he did the last thing anyone in his position should be doing.
McCain hasn’t exactly been a friend to the conservative cause over the years. In fact, he’s become the informal leader of the anti-Trump establishment and as such he regularly appears in the mainstream media to bash the duly elected President.
We recently reported that McCain was busted taking cash from Soros and other enemies of our nation, which gives some insight into why he’s not exactly the most conservative Republican out there. However, a new bombshell report from the Daily Caller reveals that not only is he taking large sums of money from people with conflicting views (allegedly), he’s outright refusing to say who they are and how much they’re “donating” (read: how much influence they’re purchasing) to his institute.
Does this sound familiar? Think Hillary Clinton.
The worst part about it all is McCain was the architect of the McCain-Feingold bill, which sought more transparency with campaign donations.
From the Daily Caller [emphasis added]:
McCain was the architect of the landmark Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 — more popularly known as “McCain-Feingold” — that required public disclosure of all contributions of at least $250 in federal elections. Former Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold co-sponsored the measure with McCain.
But the McCain Institute — created in 2012 with an $8.7 million donation of funds remaining from McCain’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign — refused Monday to disclose the amounts it received from its biggest donors who gave $100,000 or more.
Spokesmen for the McCain Institute and for the Arizona State University (ASU) Foundation — where the nonprofit’s finances are held — refused to divulge any dollar amounts from big ticket donors despite repeated requests by TheDCNF.
A McCain Institute executive referred TheDCNF’s donor request to the ASU Foundation. An ASU Foundation spokesman side-stepped the issue of disclosure, replying to TheDCNF by issuing a statement — “in the spirit of transparency, the McCain Institute for International Leadership elects to provide a list of donors on its website.”
However, the McCain Institute declined to spell out exactly how much money each big donor contributed. The web site only lists donors who have given “$100,000 and above,” which can be misleading.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, for instance, is identified as giving $100,000 or more on the Institute’s website. In reality, the Saudis gave $1 million.
That’s so nice. but worse yet, of the 37 donors that gave more than $100,000 or more to the McCain Institute, over a third are from out of the country.
Of the 37 donors who contributed $100,000 or more to the McCain Institute, one in three originate from either foreign principals, overseas corporations or foreign governments, according to the nonprofit’s web site. One big donor is anonymous.
And just with the Clinton Foundation, McCain can’t exactly put too much distance between himself and the McCain Institute, as the Caller noted.
Not only is McCain’s name on the masthead, he is also the honorary convener of the McCain Institute’s signature spring annual meeting, the Sedona Forum. The Sedona Forum is a “high level, private gathering” held at the luxurious Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz.
So yeah, it appears as if McCain is engaging in the same kind of sleazy behavior as the Clintons, and he’s doing so after harshly criticizing them for the same thing. But it’s no wonder he stands in the way of President Trump draining the swamp, McCain is waist deep in the middle of it.