POLITICS
11/03/2008 04:24 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

DNC Hits McCain's Gambling In Ad (VIDEO)

On Saturday, the New York Times published a bombshell story on John McCain's ties to the gambling industry. Today, it's a DNC ad (put online at 2:30 A.M., the time when one of McCain's gambling sessions reportedly ended). Watch:

The DNC press release:

The Democratic National Committee today released a new web video highlighting John McCain's history of stacking the deck in favor of his favorite gambling industry lobbyists. The video comes on the heels of a new report outlining McCain's pattern of using his position as the chairman of a key Senate committee to tip the scales in favor of casino lobbyists with connections to his family and campaigns -- even if it meant reversing long held positions.

The video, called "Betting on McCain," shows McCain stacking the deck in favor of friends and former campaign aides who lobbied for the casinos with business before McCain's committee. In return, those casino lobbyists organized gambling trips to casinos for McCain (whose reputation as a high roller is well known), steered hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign, and at least 40 of them went to work for or are helping raise money for McCain's current campaign.