But he really wants to reform Washington.
As Senator John McCain waited to speak at the annual awards dinner of the International Republican Institute, a democracy-building group he has led for 15 years, lobbyists and business executives dominated the stage at a Washington hotel ballroom.
The parade of lobbyists and fund-raisers at the dinner is emblematic of Mr. McCain's tenure at the institute, one of a pair of nonprofit groups - taxpayer-financed and each allied with one of the two major political parties - that were created during the Reagan era to promote democracy in closed societies.
Operating without the sort of limits placed on campaign fund-raising, the institute under Mr. McCain has solicited millions of dollars for its operations from some 560 defense contractors, lobbying firms, oil companies and other corporations, many with issues before Senate committees Mr. McCain was on...read on
There's something not quite right with a man that takes so much money from those that he says are bad for Washington. But, you know---journalists shouldn't cover this story because McCain complained about Obama's trip abroad. Check out this graphic.