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McCain Wants Freddie Mac Lobbyist On Transition Team

After this campaign is over there's got to be some in depth examination of why John McCain so strongly desired to surround himself with lobbyists. The latest is William Timmons Sr., tapped to lead McCain's transition team, who is a Freddie Mac lobbyist. God willing, this transition team will exist only in theory.

The lobbying firm of the man Republicans say John McCain has chosen to begin planning a presidential transition earned more than a quarter of a million dollars this year representing Freddie Mac, one of the companies McCain blames for the nation's financial crisis.

Timmons & Co., whose founder and chairman emeritus is William Timmons Sr., was registered to lobby for Freddie Mac from 2000 through this month, when the federal government took over both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Newly available congressional records show Timmons's firm received $260,000 this year before its lobbying activities were barred under terms of the government rescue of the failed mortgage giant. Timmons, 77, is listed as a lobbyist for Freddie Mac on the company's midyear financial-disclosure form.