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Foreign lobbyist among top fundraisers for Clinton, McCain

A joint investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting and found that top fundraisers for both the Clinton and McCain presidential campaigns lobby for foreign governments, and have facilitated meetings between their clients and the senators. "Professor James A.Thurber of American University says that in the case of foreign lobbying, scrutiny is 'even more critical because it has such an impact on relations between nations.' If the candidate is elected, 'the fundraiser is certainly going to be welcome in the White House, more so than people they don't know, to pitch for a specific interest,' says Thurber, who heads the university's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies." Included in the report is a graphic outlining the "web of influence."

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