John McCain’s Top Advisers Lobbyists For Ameriquest Mortgage
By: Nicole Belle on Monday, March 31st, 2008 at 2:00 PM - PDT
It’s all about the company you keep (h/t KL):
When Sen. John McCain addressed the nation’s burgeoning mortgage mess last week, he insisted it was time for a little "straight talk."
"I will not play election-year politics with the housing crisis," the GOP presidential hopeful insisted while unveiling his plan, which many have since described as friendlier to the mortgage industry than the Democrats’ proposals.
What McCain did not say - which some believe smacks of politics - is that two of his top advisers were recently lobbyists for a notorious lender in the mortgage meltdown.
John Green, the senator’s chief liaison to Congress, and Wayne Berman, his national finance co-chairman, billed more than $720,000 in lobbying fees from 2005 through last year to Ameriquest Mortgage through their lobbying firm, disclosure forms reviewed by the Daily News show.
Ameriquest, which since has been bought out, was forced to settle suits with 49 states for $325 million. More than 13,680 New York homeowners got taken for a ride by the company, records show.
"They would be defined as the most blatant and aggressive predatory lenders out of everybody," said Bruce Marks, head of the nonprofit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America.
But will the media bother to confront McCain about this derailing from his "straight talk" against special interests and lobbyists? Nah, I don’t think they will either.
The looting of our country was engineered by corporate criminals with the Bush-Clinton gang as public spokesman. John McCain is another treasonous traitor picking a proxy fight with China and Russia and opening our borders to invite the terrorists in and transfering ownership to the oil rich countries the Saudi's and other middle east iol based governments along with Cuba and drug-oil cartel central and south America along with military and financial power to China and Russia. It's John McCain who wants the taxpayers to spend an estimated 1 trillion dollars or a million per illegal immigrant to sponser a Hispanic invasion, that's right John McCain the great and wise protector want us to pay a trillion dollars to fund a Hipanic allied with Islamic extremists invasion of our country. I have Minutemen friends who have seen Islamic worship sites just over the border and it's common knowlege that Islamic extremists are allying with anti U.S. elements in Central and South America. This invasion of Iraq under pretenses of a possible future threat is like leaving your family in a home with the door wide open and inviting rapists and murderers inside to keep them company while you run out of the home to investigate the possible threat of a distant barking dog.
The Glass Stegal act was repealed between 1993 and 1999 though the Clinton's heavy Wall street and criminal bankers influence with the riegle act and Gramm-Leach-Bliley acts. Glass Stegal was designed to prevent a speculative boom leading to a depression caused by manipulating the economy to transfer U.S. assets overseas largely to artificially prop up socialist economies.
While so-called Republicans and Democrats distract us with periferal issues that have nothing to do with the Federal government such as abortion, illegal imigrant rights, gay rights, etc. they are both working full speed ahead towards new age fuedalism though Communist/socialist/facists propoganda and fear tactics. Both parties have radically expanded government control, spending and dependence no party more than the neo-con left wing zealots posing as conservative Christians.
Every time we bring up politics is brings division and our fight is non-partisan but we have to look at the facts, actions and results of our leaders rather than listen to both parties lies and decepetion.
My stepfather told me a story about a racoon with it's tail on the railroad tracks and a train came along and crushed the tip of it's tail it spun it's head around to look and its head got run over. Another analogy would be stampeding Buffalo to get them to run over a cliff. I any event it appears as if liberals and consevatives both are behaving in a herd mentality like a bunch of frightened animals or paniced investors juping out Wall street windows rather than responding to real problems and threats with measured and thoughtful responses. Times of crises and danger are totally the wrong time to panic and run around like a chicken with its head cut off or blindly march the goosestep to trusted right or left wing pundits with the same corporate dictatorship agenda and backing.