The Washington Post reported yesterday that Cindy McCain, wife of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) received free cell towers to benefit cell phone service to her ranch in Sedona, AZ. While these free portable towers are usually used for outages by Verizon and AT&T, Cindy McCain got one each from both of the them because of spotty service.
As Dave Miller and David Donnelly are reporting, the thousands of dollars in campaign contributions McCain has received from these two companies and the lobbyists working for his campaign connected to these telecom giants made us take a second look.
"Sen. McCain has been a friend to AT&T, Verizon and other telecom giants during his service on the Senate Commerce Committee, where he is a senior member and former chairman. And it turns out that McCain and these two companies have had a healthy exchange of money and lobbyists over the years," said Miller.
AT&T and Verizona employees and PACs have given McCain over $750,000 since 1989, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. AT&T is his No. 3 all-time contributor; Verizon is No. 11.
"All those connections appear to have helped the McCains get good cellphone reception, even though AT&T and Verizon had to navigate through plenty of red tape to do it. That they’re willing to do such favors for McCain suggests they might expect a lot from him if he were elected to the White House. With so many of their lobbyists in McCain’s orbit, they’d definitely have reason to be hopeful," continued Miller.
Sometimes, though, you just need to be able to make a call from the pool of your multi-million dollar ranch without the service being scratchy. It happens.