McCain OK's review of his letters

By Associated Press, 1/10/2000

ASHINGTON - Senator John McCain, seeking to show he did nothing wrong in contacting federal regulators on behalf of big donors, said yesterday he is asking all federal agencies to release any correspondence from him.

McCain's presidential campaign spokesman said the request is being channeled through the Senate Commerce Committee, using the Freedom of Information Act rather than a less formal request from McCain, , who is the committee's chairman.

Howard Opinsky, the spokesman, said the request covers all documents since 1983, when McCain began his first of two terms in the House.

Hundreds of documents released by his campaign show the Arizona Republican wrote letters on behalf of more than a dozen contributors over the past three years to federal regulators overseen by his committee.