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Many Lobbyists Among McCain Fundraisers

By Matthew Mosk
Sen. John McCain attempted to capitalize on the resurgence of his presidential campaign at a Washington, DC, fundraiser last night that was expected to raise more than $300,000.

As of Sunday, the event had 30 co-chairs, according to the invitation. Each co-chairman had pledged to raise at least $10,000 for the senator.

Many of the sponsors of the function at Charlie Palmer's Steakhouse are Washington lobbyists, who have become a staple of his fundraising effort, according to a review released today by the advocacy group Public Citizen.

The group found that McCain has more bundlers -- people who gather checks from their networks of friends and associates -- than any other presidential candidate from either party.

By Public Citizen's count, McCain has at least 58 federal lobbyists raising money for his campaign, compared with 35 working for Republican Rudy Giuliani and 20 working for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Overall, fundraising by lobbyists is up this cycle, according to Public Citizen's findings. There are at least 142 lobbyist-bundlers working for the 2008 presidential candidates, while there were 136 bundlers working for the 2004 candidates, the group found.

By Washington Post editors  |  January 29, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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