Vicki Iseman
Washington, D.C. lobbyist
Vicki Iseman
Vicki L. Iseman is a Washington, D.C. -based lobbyist working for the firm Alcalde & Fay. She gained national media attention in February 2008, due to her involvement in the John McCain lobbyist controversy.
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Spotlight lingers for 2008 celebs - Politico (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Jeremiah Wright and Vicki Iseman, who settled a lawsuit with the New York Times over a story that hinted she'd had an affair with John McCain, no longer give interviews either. Members of the Paw family, who played a supporting role in the scandal
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Radio Mud: Thom Hartmann Responds to Weiner With Old Enquirer Boehner Story - NewsBusters (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
But the Boehner story of romancing a lobbyist (complete with the rumor that the New York Times is investigating) sounds more like the crumbled Vicki Iseman story used against John McCain. The subject re-emerged when The Nation's John Nichols joined the
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Bill Keller Resigns as NYT Editor, Reporter Hails His 'Great Journalistic ... - Media Research Center
Google News - over 5 years
Vicki Iseman, the woman named by the Times, sued the paper, which ran a "Note to Readers" clarifying "The Times did not intend to conclude, that Ms. Iseman had engaged in a romantic affair with Senator McCain." A now-notorious 5000-word lead story in
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Adult supervision? @ The NYT? part 6 - Power Line (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
But Keller had to eat crow when the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, brought a $27 million libel suit. She dropped it in exchange for a back-peddling statement from the Times--a year after the original report. Meanwhile, the Times succumbed to Obamania,
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Election Confidential
NYTimes - about 7 years
GAME CHANGE Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime By John Heilemann and Mark Halperin 448 pp. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers. $27.99 In July 2006 Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, abruptly summoned Barack Obama, then a freshman senator, for a meeting. Obama, who had a cordial but not warm relationship with
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Note to Readers
NYTimes - about 8 years
An article published on February 21, 2008, about Senator John McCain and his record as an ethics reformer who was at times blind to potential conflicts of interest included references to Vicki Iseman, a Washington lobbyist. The article did not state, and The Times did not intend to conclude, that Ms. Iseman had engaged in a romantic affair with
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THE PUBLIC EDITOR; What That McCain Article Didn't Say
NYTimes - about 9 years
BILL KELLER, the executive editor of The Times, said the article about John McCain that appeared in Thursday's paper was about a man nearly felled by scandal who rebuilt himself as a fighter against corruption but is still ''careless about appearances, careless about his reputation, and that's a pretty important thing to know about somebody who
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Files and McCain Letter Show Effort to Keep Loophole
NYTimes - about 9 years
In late 1998, Senator John McCain sent an unusually blunt letter to the head of the Federal Communications Commission, warning that he would try to overhaul the agency if it closed a broadcast ownership loophole. The letter, and two later ones signed by Mr. McCain, then chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, urged the commission to abandon
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McCain Disputes That Aides Warned Him About Ties to Lobbyist
NYTimes - about 9 years
Senator John McCain on Thursday disputed an account in The New York Times that top advisers confronted him during his first presidential run with concerns about his ties to a female lobbyist. ''Obviously, I'm very disappointed in the article; it's not true,'' Mr. McCain said at a morning news conference in Toledo, where he was campaigning for the
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THE LONG RUN; For McCain, Self-Confidence On Ethics Poses Its Own Risk
NYTimes - about 9 years
WASHINGTON -- Early in Senator John McCain's first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers. A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client's corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 41
    In December 2008, Iseman filed a US$27 million defamation lawsuit against The New York Times, alleging that the paper, in the course of describing circumstances of her lobbying activity, had falsely implied an illicit romantic relationship between her and Senator John McCain.
    More Details Hide Details The Times said they "fully stood behind the article" and the story was "true and accurate". The suit was subsequently settled without payment in February 2009. As part of the settlement, Ms. Iseman accepted the Times’ explanation, which appeared in a "Note to Readers" published in the newspaper. The "Note to Readers" said: "The article did not state, and The Times did not intend to conclude, that Ms. Iseman had engaged in a romantic affair with Senator McCain or an unethical relationship on behalf of her clients in breach of the public trust." The article that prompted the lawsuit was published on February 21, 2008. McCain's presidential campaign called the article "a hit-and-run smear campaign" and "gutter politics."
    She gained national media attention in February 2008, due to her involvement in the John McCain lobbyist controversy.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 25
    On behalf of these clients, she lobbied both the House Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee. In the course of hearings on communications bills in 1992 and 1996 which eventually led to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, she argued that cable TV should have to carry broadcast television.
    More Details Hide Details She also represented her clients' interests with respect to the upcoming conversion to digital television; satellite reception; and telecommunications ownership provisions.
  • 1990
    Age 23
    She went on to attend the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, she delivered the commencement address at her old high school, and would lobby for both that school and her alma mater during her career. Her family still lives in Indiana County, where she is recalled as a "hometown girl who made good". Within months of graduation, Iseman joined a friend in Washington, D.C. and initially got a job as a receptionist at Alcalde & Fay. After a few months, she approached the president of Alcalde & Fay and said "I’m a college graduate and I’d like you to consider me for a secretarial or an administrative position." The president agreed to a three-month trial and within a year she became his special assistant. From this position, Iseman learned about lobbying from the firm's president, and soon became a lobbyist in her own right. Eight years later, she became the youngest partner in the history of Alcalde & Fay.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 18
    A native of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Vicki Iseman graduated in 1985 from the Homer-Center High School, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the student council.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Age 0
    Born in 1967.
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