According to Think Progress:
In 2006, the senator teamed up with fellow Arizona senator Jon Kyl (R) to funnel $10 million toward the University of Arizona for an academic center named after the late Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. Even Arizona lawmaker, Rep. Jeff Flake (R), said he was planning to “lean against the measure.” The National Taxpayers Union, another traditional McCain ally, questioned why the senator was making federal taxpayers foot the bill for the center.Mac is not back. The old McCain joined with Senator Feingold to co-sponsor campaign finance reform. McCain is no longer promoting campaign finance reform legislation. The old McCain would have never associated with the swift voters who so vehemently attacked him in his last run for the presidency. McCain now embraces the scoundrels.
In 2003, McCain also slipped $14.3 million into a defense appropriations bill to
create a buffer zone around Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. As Roll Call reported in 2003, this project violated McCain’s own anti-pork rhetoric:
The only problem is the project to acquire more land near the base was not requested by President Bush or fully authorized by the Senate Armed Services Committee - two of McCain’s criteria for identifying so-called ‘pork.
It appears McCain is willing to jump through any hoop Bush and his neocon cronies put in front of him.