Though he has been one of Mitt Romneyâ€™s most visible supporters, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took aim yesterday at both Romneyâ€™s Super PAC and one Romneyâ€™s most controversial talking points. In an interview on PBSâ€™sNewsHour, McCain told Judy Woodruff that becausecasino billionaire Sheldon Adelson makes a huge portion of his profits from a casino in Macau, his massive spending in support of Mitt Romney and other right-wing candidates is a form of foreign money influencing American elections:
WOODRUFF: This question of campaign money, highlighted today by the announcement that thereâ€™s a huge amount of money coming in from one donor in the state of Nevada.
MCCAIN: Mmmm hmmm. Mr. Adeleson, who gave large amounts of money to the Gingrich campaign and much of Mr. Adelesonâ€™s casino profits, that go to him, come from this casino in Macau.
WOODRUFF: Which says what?
MCCAIN: This which says that obviously, maybe in a round-about way, foreign money is coming into an American campaign, political campaigns.
WOODRUFF: Because of the profits that the casinos in Macauâ€¦
MCCAIN: Yes, that is a great deal of money. And, again, we need a level playing field and we need to go back to the realization that Teddy Roosevelt had that we have to have a limit on the flow of money and that corporations are not people. Thatâ€™s why we have different laws that govern corporations than govern individual citizens. And so to say that corporations are people, again, flies in the face of all the traditional Supreme Court decisions that we have made â€” that have been made in the past.
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