McCain Violation?

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McCain Violation?


Byline: John McCaslin, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

McCain violation?

Imagine having a law named after yourself, only to then stand accused of violating the spirit of that law - if not the law itself.

A public policy group is calling for an investigation of Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, for possible violations of the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance reform law.

The Federal Election Commission is being urged by Citizen Outreach to investigate donations to the Reform Institute, a tax-exempt organization co-founded by Mr. McCain. Citizen Outreach says Cablevision Systems Corp. donated $200,000 to the organization - at the same time that Mr. McCain was pushing for a pricing plan supported by the cable company.

"Maybe Senator McCain isn't exactly as clean as the driven snow when it comes to big money in politics after all," says the policy group, labeling him a possible "hypocrite."

The donations were uncovered this week by the Associated Press. Mr. McCain denies any wrongdoing.

Hot booth

No sooner did this column report yesterday that one of D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams' favorite restaurant tables in Washington is tucked behind the colorful Venetian masks and mirrors of Teatro Goldoni on K Street, then who should show up without luncheon reservations yesterday - trying out his honor's "power booth No. 5," no less - but first lady Laura Bush.

She and her two guests dined on chef-owner Fabrizio Aielli's signature risotto with lobster, with roasted tomatoes, truffle oil and sweet basil. (The award-winning Venetian chef began his culinary career by watching his mother cook while growing up on the island of Cipriani, off the coast of Venice.)

Drawing on the images of the theater and the mystical city of Venice, Teatro Goldoni is considered by Wine Spectator to be one of the best Italian restaurants in the United States.

Odd couple

The unlikely pair of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will share the spotlight Tuesday, each to be honored with the National Committee for Quality Assurance's 2005 Health Quality Awards for their work on behalf of health care.

Actress Mary Tyler Moore will join the two as an award recipient, before dashing to the Willard InterContinental, where she and actress Marlo Thomas of "That Girl" fame will receive Research America Advocacy Awards for their support of St. …

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