McCain Rebuffs Independent Group
Thanks, but no thanks.
John McCain's best hope of matching his rivals financially may be to have the help of independent groups who advertise on his behalf. But the Arizona senator who has fought such unaccountable groups for years is trying to refuse such assistance.
In several statements, McCain has demanded that a group called the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America stop their efforts on his behalf.
"If you respect me or my principles, I urge you to refrain from using my name and image in any ads or other activities," McCain said this morning. "I will not win this election, nor would I want to win it, by acquiescing in anyone's attempt to put my campaign before my principles."
McCain was a leader on campaign finance reform, which attempted to stop the untraceable flow of money into the coffers of federal candidates.
Such protestations are often thin attempts to look principled by opposing the very thing a candidate wants to happen. But McCain is going even further, today sending a letter to donors asking them to refrain from giving money to the group, which is headed by former McCain ad-maker Rick Reed.
"I hope you will refrain from involving yourself with the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America," McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, writes in a letter to donors. "While not illegal, this group's efforts certainly violate the spirit of reform and disclosure for which John McCain has fought over the past decade."
--Michael D. Shear
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