Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

McCain Camp Reviewing Bundler’s Donations

The plot thickens:

John McCain’s campaign says it will review donations brought in by a prominent Florida businessman following disclosures that his business partner, a foreign national, also may have engaged in fundraising.

A McCain spokesman says the campaign is looking into hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions to make sure that they are appropriate.

The campaign is sending a letter spelling out legal requirements to all donors who sent their contributions through Harry Sargeant III, the finance chairman of the Florida Republican Party.

Talkingpoints memo has been all over this story, and the Washington Post and New York Times have done good work exposing what is going on.

So, what happens next? It seems to me that McCain realizes this is becoming a major headache. His shady actions in fund raising have been well documented, including securing a loan by pledging to go into public financing for the primaries, and then reversing course. With more and more of these questionable characters being exposed to the light of day, it seems to me only a matter of time before this blows up into a full on scandal. Ben Smith over at Politico notes that Chuck Todd is betting that McCain returns the money by the end of the week. Smart move, but it really doesn’t address the issue of McCain using any and every questionable source to fill up his campaign account. Now, the question is if the media will hold him to account. We shall see.

Update: McCain is returning 50K in donations.

August 7, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. I’m skeptical this story gets much traction in the MSM, but hopefully some smart Dems will be sure to keep highlighting it and feeding reporters info on it. It’s a potentially big story.

    Thank you Turner.

    Comment by dansac | August 7, 2008 | Reply

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