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Resource ID: #18386
Subject: Politicians
Source: New Times (Phoenix)
Date: February 17-23


The New Times reports on the liquor industry ties behind John McCain's rise to power. McCain's wife, Cindy Hensley McCain, is the daughter of James Henley, bootlegger turned Anheuser-Busch magnate. Though McCain has pushed for campaign finance reform, the beer industry has always been good to him. And it's his wife's fortune that allows him to be in politics at all. Though McCain has recused himself many times on bills dealing directly with alcohol, experts say that the fact that he doesn't address alcohol-related bills that come before his committees may actually benefit the industry.

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