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The Washington Post is coming out with a bombshell tomorrow:  That John McCain was given a discount on his Cadillac CTS.

"The sticker price for McCain's automobile with options is $49,885, which qualifies in the industry as a "luxury class" automobile. It has many amenities not available to the average American.

But it appears that McCain was aided in his quest to buy the opulent auto by a discount from the dealer.  McCain actually paid $1,500 under sticker price for it.

While many industry experts claim that it is standard practice for a consumer to negotiate a price below the sticker price, some say that McCain needs to better explain whether this is a case of special treatment for a high profile politician.

The revelation only serves to remind voters about special deals given to current and former McCain allies, such as former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who is serving 8 years in prison for doing Legislative favors in exchange for luxury items like yachts and persian rugs.

In fact, there is significant concern about whether public officials, knowingly or unknowingly, may receive special treatment and that the discounts could constitute gifts that are prohibited by law.

"The real question is: Were congressmen getting unique treatment that others weren't getting?" associate law professor Adam J. Levitin, a credit specialist at Georgetown University Law Center, said about other Congressman getting good rates that have nothing whatsoever to do with McCain's story. "Do they do business like that for people who are not congressmen? If they don't, that's a problem."

Wait, what's that you say?  The Washington Post would never run that kind of non-story about Senator McCain?  

Never mind.


Originally posted to dcg2 on Wed Jul 02, 2008 at 03:25 PM PDT.

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