The Gop Snarls At The Corporate Hand That Feeds It

It was a meeting of normally close allies. But as the group downed breakfast at a Capitol Hill restaurant on Dec. 4, the mood turned testy. While hitting up 40 corporate fund-raisers for his 1998 reelection bid, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) lashed out at the political action committee managers for giving too much to Democratic campaigns. When a lobbyist griped that McCain was being hypocritical--leaning on PACs while leading the charge to outlaw them--the senator turned purple with rage. "It got ugly," says one participant.

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