John McCain helped end the career of Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed with a 2006 Senate investigation of Reed's extensive work with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff helping casinos shut down competition. Now McCain is doing a fundraiser with Reed -- and it's reviving scrutiny of the way McCain handled the Abramoff investigation. In a new web ad, the DNC hits McCain's turnaround: "Desperate to raise campaign cash to run more negative attack ads, John McCain is cozying up to Jack Abramoff's cronies." Watch:
VOICEOVER: "On the campaign trail, John McCain claims that he fought to expose Jack Abramoff and his corrupt cronies..."
MCCAIN: "And I led the investigation."
VOICEOVER: "It was a scandal that rocked the country, linking all the way to the Bush White House and Republicans in Congress, sending two former Republican Congressmen to prison.
"But, now, desperate to raise campaign cash to run more negative attack ads, John McCain is cozying up to Jack Abramoff's cronies.
"Ralph Reed, a key business partner of Jack Abramoff helped the convicted former Republican lobbyist launder 2 million dollars through a front group to finance a gambling campaign.
"Now, Ralph Reed has signed up to raise money for John McCain. Reed has even been appointed to McCain's Victory 2008 Team.
"Ralph Reed's murky connections to Jack Abramoff run so deep, it cost him a race for Lt. Governor in Georgia.
"While most people now see Ralph Reed as a tainted man raising tainted money, John McCain sees him as a source of campaign cash.
"John McCain - more of the same old politics."