Cindy Lou Hensley McCain ,53, is the only child of James Hensley,and Marguerite "Smitty" Hensley. One year after she was born, her dad founded Hensley & Co. which Cindy now heads and is one of the biggest Anheuser-Busch distributors in the nation. (Jesse Jackson's son owns the Chicago one)
When she married JohnMcCain in Phoenix on May 17, 1980 they had already made a prenuptial agreement that kept most of her families' assets under her name; they would always keep their finances apart and file separate income tax returns. She now has an annual income of over $400,000 from Hensley & Co. and an estimated net worth of $100 million.
The Ron Paul War Room posted a fascinating article in January this year by Michael Collins Piper - McCain’s Career Financed by Mob Money- Arizona politics greatly influenced by former associates of Bronfman, Lansky.
"...one thing about McCain that the mass media chooses not to report is his family connection to the organized crime-connected interests that have run the state of Arizona (through both major political parties) since at least the 1940s."
"To understand McCain—in particular his devotion to the interests of Israel—it is necessary to recognize the little-known fact that the powerful Bronfman family empire, based on its Seagram’s liquor fortune and its controlling influence over the Time-Warner media conglomerate, has been the primary behind-the-scenes force dominating Arizona politics. "
"One particularly famous Texas-based mob functionary, nightclub keeper Jack Ruby, for example, is known to have actually been a lieutenant of the Bronfman family (a point that has often been lost or suppressed in the legends surrounding Ruby’s ties to organized crime). And it is known—although again not mentioned by most JFK assassination “researchers”— that Ruby was a key player in a Texas-based network smuggling arms (stolen from U.S. military installations) to Israel, the Bronfman empire’s favorite foreign nation. "
"In 1976 a crusading Phoenix reporter, Don Bolles, was murdered by a car bomb in his Datsun 210 after writing a series of stories exposing the organized crime connections of a wide-ranging number of well-known figures in Arizona, including one Jim Hensley. His dying words were "They finally got me. The Mafia. Emprise. Find John (Harvey Adamson)." Five years later “Honest John” McCain arrived in Arizona as the new husband of Hensley’s daughter, Cindy. “From the moment McCain landed in Phoenix,” according to Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity, “the Hensleys were key sponsors of his political career.” But the people behind the Hensley fortune are even more controversial." Ultimately, Adamson confessed to the murder of Bolles. Emprise Corp was the empire run by Kemper Marley with 162 subsidiaries in the United States and abroad, employing more than 70,000 people. Read THE DEATH IN ARIZONA OF THE KEMPER MARLEY MACHINE see also Phoenix Rising about the Bolles murder and who instigated it. See also AZ Central pecial feature on 30th anniversary of his death in 2006 here.
"McCain’s late father-in-law was the owner of the biggest Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship in Arizona—one of the largest beer distributors in the nation. But the mainstream media has had nothing to say about the origins of the Hensley fortune that financed McCain’s rise to power. The Hensley fortune is a regional offshoot of the big-time bootlegging and rackets empire of the Bronfman dynasty. "
"McCain’s father-in-law got his start as a top henchman for Kemper Marley, who, for 40 years until his death in 1990 at age 84, was the undisputed behind-the-scenes political boss of Arizona. But Marley was much more than a machine politician. In fact, he was also the Lansky crime syndicate’s top man in Arizona, the protege of a Lansky lieutenant, Phoenix gambler Gus Greenbaum. "
"In 1941 Greenbaum had set up the Transamerica Publishing and News Service, which operated a national wire for bookmakers. In 1946 Greenbaum turned over the day-to-day operations to Marley while Greenbaum focused on building up Lansky-run casinos in Las Vegas, commuting there from his home in Phoenix. Greenbaum, in fact, was so integral to the Lansky empire that he was the one who took command of Lansky’s Las Vegas interests in 1947 after Lansky ordered the execution of his own longtime friend, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, for skimming mob profits from the new Flamingo Casino. "
"Greenbaum and his wife were murdered in a mob “hit” in 1948, their throats cut. The murder set off a series of gangland wars in Phoenix, but Marley survived and prospered. " "
"The story in Arizona is that Hensley took the fall for Marley and, upon his release from prison, Marley paid back Hensley’s loyalty by setting him up in the beer distribution business. That beer company today, said to be worth $200 million, is what largely financed John McCain’s political career. The support from the Bronfman-Marley-Hensley network was integral to McCain’s rise to power. "
"The attorney who handled Hensley’s legal defence, forging the deal that set in motion Hensley’s windfall (that now benefits McCain), was William Rehnquist, who later became chief justice of the United States, later to be joined on the court by one of his own former girlfriends from Arizona, Sandra Day O’Connor. The one-vote margin on the Supreme Court that handed the presidency to George W. Bush following the 2000 election debacle might be considered a product of the “Bronfman bloc.” "
Read on ....
You want some balance ? Then read " How Barack Obama learned to love Israel "