The McCain Campaign, (Zell) Lieberman and Anti-Obama Smear Merchants

It may not be illegal, but it should at least be brought to light.

Via The Jed Report:

Vets for Freedom is a swiftboating group now attacking Barack Obama with a nasty smear ad suggesting that he would put America’s enemies first. Apparently, John McCain approves — he calls the group a “wonderful organization.”

In addition four of his campaign officials are connected with the group: Senators Lindsay Graham and Joe Lieberman, both campaign co-chairman, also both sit on the Vets for Freedom board of advisors. The group’s executive director, Pete Hegseth, is on McCain’s Virginia steering committee along with the group’s treasurer, Wade Zirkle.

(Update: Hegseth says the McCain campaign’s announcement of his role on the steering committee was in error, though the McCain website has not been updated since the announcement in January. In addition, Max Boot, McCain’s foreign policy adviser, also sits on the Vets for Freedom advisory board.)

All four men are in violation of McCain’s recently announced conflict of interest policy, which states: “No person with a McCain Campaign title or position may participate in a 527 or other independent entity that makes public communications that support or oppose any presidential candidate.”

The rest is at the link, but that’s the main gist of it.

Steven R at DailyKos has a diary up that sheds more light on this, including video of Sen. Durbin* confronting Sen. Graham on his involvement with the group.

* Remember him, “Turban Durbin”? He’s my other Senator, who Cons on another site were predicting would lose reelection this year because of some controversial remarks he made back in 2005. Hardly anyone even knows the name of the GOP candidate running against him. Just thought I’d throw that out there. ;)