John McCain has attempted a couple of times to hit Barack Obama for his ties to lobbyists who worked for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Of course, it's long been known that McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, had his own ties — but the New York Times reports today that those ties aren't exactly past tense. Davis has been on a leave of absence from his lobbying firm since 2006, but Freddie Mac kept paying that firm $15K a month until recently — and as a partner/equity holder, Davis continued to benefit from that money. The McCain camp denies this, naturally, but there's only so many times that Steve Schmidt can call them in the tank before people stop listening. [Time, NY Times, Time, NY Times]