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McCain Blows by Public Spending Cap


French President Nicolas Sarkozy, right, and U.S. presidential hopeful, Senator John McCain, second from right, gesture after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, March 21, 2008. (AP.)

Updated 2:35 p.m.
By Matthew Mosk
Sen. John McCain has officially broken the limits imposed by the presidential public financing system, reports filed last night show.

McCain has now spent $58.4 million on his primary effort. Those who have committed to public financing can spend no more than $54 million on their primary bid.

So has McCain broken the law? The answer is far from simple.

It depends on whether he has, in fact, withdrawn from the public matching program. McCain was certified to enter the matching program last year when he was starved for cash. But once he started to win primaries, he decided to step back from it. On Feb. 6, after his Super Tuesday victories, he wrote to the FEC to announce he would withdraw from the program.

McCain's campaign said today they see no ambiguity in the law -- and they believe they are clearly within their rights to spend without government-imposed limits.

"The FEC regulations specifically state that candidates who do not receive public funding payments from the U. S. Treasury are exempt from the primary spending ceiling, and the McCain campaign has not and will not receive one penny from the Treasury," a senior McCain official said in an e-mail.

But Federal Election Commission Chairman David Mason wrote McCain's campaign last month to alert him that the commission had not yet granted his Feb. 6 request to withdraw, and that the commission would first need to vote on the matter. A snag: The FEC has four vacancies and therefore lacks a quorum to consider the matter.

There's little agreement on what the FEC would have done, had they been able to meet. In part, that's because McCain borrowed $4 million from a commercial bank, and promised to pay the money back through his fundraising efforts. If the campaign went badly, he told the bank, he would use future matching funds to help repay the loan. The rules say that candidates who use matching funds as collateral have to remain within the confines of the system. The Democratic National Committee filed a complaint to the FEC about McCain's actions, but without that quorum, evaluation of the complaint has been stalled.

Meanwhile, McCain's fundraising has roared ahead, now that he is the presumptive Republican nominee. His campaign announced yesterday that it repaid the $4 million loan last week, ahead of schedule.

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 21, 2008; 12:23 PM ET
 
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Hi, wolf. Keep reading : )

Posted by: JakeD | May 8, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Just as long as we CAN rake him...

Posted by: Patriot | April 28, 2008 3:15 AM | Report abuse

What exactly is the point of having a law when there is no enforcement? I doubt anyone will go to jail over this... but McShame should be kicked the heck out of politics! The FEC should be abolished!

Posted by: tptdan | April 26, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Another important part not mentioned in the article -- McCain was placed on the ballot in several states using his public funding status rather than collecting required signatures as ALL the other candidates were forced to do. He should lose his delegates from Ohio, Pennsylvania and any other states where he was not legally on the ballot.

Posted by: Pearl | April 25, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Ok McCain is not part of the FEC program, then he is disqualified for about 10 state election primaries he used the FEC application for gaining free access to ballot listing. McCain is a felon one way or another, end of story. So Ron Paul is the only remaining Republican candidate end of story also. Why is MSM not covering the real presidential candidate (Ron Paul) and yet following a national felon around America?

Posted by: tim, minnesota | April 23, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like another victory for the Republikkklan Party.

http://bootyandfeet.com

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Why does everyone keep voteing for people out of the machine? Bush has broken many laws so will McCain.And you think hil or obama wont?Wake up people! RON PAUL,ya someone that cares and dosent LIE! Like McCain said in 1988(Ron Paul is the most honest man in polotics)Wake up America!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

He broke the law, he needs to be removed from the election, then we can make way for a real American, the only presidential candidate with any integrity: RON PAUL.
Vote Ron Paul 2008!

Posted by: Ed Smith, Palm Springs, CA | April 22, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Correction:

The U.S. Constitution, "The Supreme Law of the Land"

Posted by: Sandra | April 22, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

AS LONG AS YOU CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA, YOU WILL REMAIN DECEIVED AND UNINFORMED!

RON PAUL IS STILL RUNNING AS REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE AND HAS HAD THE POPULAR VOTE SINCE FALL 2007. THE MEDIA DOESN'T WANT THE PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT RON PAUL IS IN THE RACE BECAUSE HE IS A THREAT TO THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS AND ALL THE POLITICAL LEADERS WHO ARE PROFITING FROM THIS NEEDLESS AND ENDLESS WAR AS WELL AS OTHER UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITIES THAT HAVE BEEN VOTED INTO LAW.

DO YOUR RESEARCH PEOPLE AND STUDY THE CONSTITUTION!!

BUSH & CHENEY NEED TO BE IMPEACHED AND INDICTED FOR BREAKING THE "SUPREME LAW OF THE LAW" KNOWN AS THE U.S. CONSTITUTION THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHER ESTABLISHED TO PROTECT "OUR" FREEDOMS!!

BUSH & CHENEY HAVE COMMITTED HIGH CRIMES, TREASON AND MURDER ON THE DAY OF 9/11 AND STILL BREAKING THE LAWS EVERY TIME BUSH PUSHES THE CONGRESS TO VOTE ON A BILL THAT VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION.

IMPEACH AND INDICT BUSH & CHENEY AND STOP LISTENING TO THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA.

GET TO KNOW THE OTHER CANDIDATE THAT CAN SERVE THIS COUNTRY IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE...RON PAUL!!

RESEARCH, STUDY AND VISIT WWW.RONPAUL2008.COM TO BE BETTER INFORMED THAN WHAT THE MEDIA WANTS YOU TO BE!!!

Posted by: Sandra | April 22, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The bigger issue than the loans is the fact he was allowed onto the ballot in about 20 states either directly because he entered into the public finance arena, or was allowed as a result of being on the ballot in so many other states.

In Ohio he did not obtain signatures, should he rescind his vote total in Ohio as a result of his actions. I think he should withdraw from the whole process.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 22, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I now realize that McCain, who I used to admire, is a liar and a psychopath.

I was so stupid 8 years ago, but I'm starting to figure things out.

Now I realize that nearly all presidents and most politicians are liars. The worst thing isn't just that they lie, though; it's that they don't know how the world works and constantly lead us to more and more government and less and less freedom.

Obama and Clinton are no better than McCain and they are no different either. Pretending there is any real difference is putting your head in the sand. No matter who wins, they will all get together numerous times and smile for the cameras while Americans die and suffer - and you can make book on that.

The person we need is Ron Paul.

Any and everybody who took part in denigrating or marginalizing him - regardless of their intentions or thoughts at the time - will have blood on their hands. The question is - much like the naked emperor in the fable - when will those people finally see the blood?

Only when it is their own, I fear.

Posted by: Tom deSabla | April 22, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

There is still one Republican with some redeeming qualities and a consistent voting history to back up his positions. Ron Paul. McCain deserves being placed out to pasture or more to the fact his campaign management staff. Visit www.ronpaul2008.com

Posted by: tim, minneosta | April 22, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Get McCain out! That would leave Ron Paul who is STILL in the running, & he is all about being frugal & honest with his money. He also wants our monetary system to be honest & sound. Ron Paul is our only hope! This war, which McCain supports, is draining our economy & causing untold suffering for the Iraquis, as well as our soldiers & their families. Google "freedom to fascism" & watch this great film," America: From Freedom To Fascism". You can watch it online 4 free, or order the DVD at freedomtofascism.com

Posted by: Anonymous | April 22, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Ok so McCain can withdraw from the FEC program. Then Washington Post why is not your story asking for McCain to void all the state election results where the FEC gave him ballot access without collecting the required voter signatures. Every other candidate had to collect signatures to be placed on the state ballots.

McCain cannot have it both ways. He either uses the FEC service or not. If not then he has to withdraw from several state ballots that held elections. McCain is clearly breaking the law, come on Washington Post, tells the whole story.

Posted by: tim minnesota | April 22, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Who is surprised that a person such as McCain who supports limiting the second amendment would also have shady monetary dealings? Isn't it funny how those who try to rob us often try to disarm us as well. I will NOT vote for McCain now. Who does that leave me to vote for?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 22, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

One can only hope this will prevent the liberal John McInsane from being our conservative choice.

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Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Is David Mason partisan? That's a serious question, because if he is not considered to be, then his notification to McCain that McCain's campaign was about to break the spending limit seems to me to be a notable issue. An FEC official writes a candidate for President to inform them that they are about to break a rule, and the campaign goes forward anyway?

What DO you have to do to get in legitimate legal trouble when it comes to the Presidency? It's standing against these small sideways steps that keeps us from drifting the way of Putin. Especially in the wake of Bush's administration and its seemingly loose consideration of legal limits, it is important to hold the Presidency (and its candidates) accountable to the laws of our country.

Posted by: jmh787 | March 31, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

So McCain has already gone forward as though he was released, and presumably the Republicans will hold up nominations to the FEC to stop a quorum vote. It's in the Dems best interest for this to happen so that they can harp on it in the general... maybe. If Obama has past statements regarding matching funds, then will everyone just need to stay quiet on this? If so, what implications does that have for US campaign law? Any? How often does this kind of thing happen, and if prosecuted, what are the usual penalties?

Posted by: jmh787 | March 31, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

lawrence1957, conservative magazines would have nothing but lies anyway, nice try

Posted by: kandiekizzes25 | March 25, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama has just been arrested by his own secret service for being involved in a plot to take over American and appoint Osama Bin Liden as his VP. Also revealed, Obama is involved in a Gay relationship with NOI Louis Farrakan. This is absolutely the truth. I read about this in a conservative magazine. It sounds like our buddy Obama is in a lot of trouble now. The country is not ready for blacks in high places, this kind of behavior, and their crazy religion. I just think we need to call old David Duke to restore order to this country.

Posted by: lawrence1957 | March 25, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama's efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Chaney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Chaney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten's of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq's Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin "Tony" Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON --
Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming tax fraud charges -- Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --

OBAM YOU'RE NO JFK --

"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Michelle Obama should be ashamed.

"GLORK" Michelle Obama should be ashamed of her separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. If Michelle Obama new what her husband -- the Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama did in Harlem, she would wash her wide-open, Hus-suey loving MUSILM mouth out, with twenty-four (24) mule-team double-cross X-boX-BorraX. He is a MUSLIM "Glork" It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He's MAD!!!

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

THE SPEECH --

The Apologia has arrived and once again the self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama, promises to heal the wounds of the world. The speech is the rude awakening of mass messianism of his campaign. Apologetically, Obama the MUSLIM double-cross X-boX-BorraX has an astonishingly empty two-prawn echelon explanation of his misjudgment.
In the first prawn: with regard to his connection to separatist-racist Rev. Wright; Obama summons voodoo and juju to express slavery as beginning and ending with the Rev. Wright.
In the second prawn: Obama's speech takes credit for Ashley's dream. A dream of unity Martin Luther King, Jr. borrowed from Ashley for his historic "I Have A Dream" speech. In Obama's speech, the connective bond Ashley, the elderly black man and Obama's grandmother share; represents Obama's self-indicting rise to the Harvard Yard. For Obama, the grand flag of language is the semi-fore of words, bestowed upon our nation by the messiah-alumni from Harvard. Obama's Swoon-Song Apologia to the nation represents a failed hymn -- a hymn that fails to heal the nation, repair the world, or make this time different than all the rest. Obama's speech is a brilliant failure.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Posted by: jreno20 | March 24, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, re that piece by Michael Toner you link to note his critical caveat that his comment is "assuming that no public funds have been pledged as security for private
financing". No doubt he also thinks McCain is in the clear assuming pigs fly. It may be that Toner is unaware that McCain pledged the matching funds as collateral against a private loan. Or possibly he is being disingenuous. Either way he doesn't mention it so his caveated conclusion is pretty irrelevant.

(In my comment at 12:01, "some hamstrung" should read "so hamstrung".)

Posted by: crust1 | March 24, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

What sghost75 said.

Posted by: crust1 | March 24, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"So has McCain broken the law? The answer is far from simple. ... The rules say that candidates who use matching funds as collateral have to remain within the confines of the system."

Sounds pretty simple to me. I appreciate there is some ambiguity in that the FEC is some hamstrung that it can't formally rule that he has violated the rules, but this doesn't sound complicated. He pledged the funds as collateral for a loan. The law -- under the McCain-Feingold Act -- say you can't do that. We don't really need a formal ruling to sort that out. And McCain of all people should know the law he spearheaded.

Posted by: crust1 | March 24, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

OBAM YOU'RE NO JFK --

"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Posted by: jreno18 | March 23, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Funny thing, I remember a bill called the McCain- Feingold campaign finance reform bill. Odd that one of the co-sponsors is cutting should be cutting it so close to the line. That's not all. There is at least the implication of conflict of interest in McCain getting the loan.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88772882

Posted by: jgreimer | March 22, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow, McCain is breaking the law even before the Supreme Court appoints him as President, rather ballsy of him I'd say.

Posted by: tomanjeri | March 22, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Do you wear your sheet and hood when you type your racist accusations?

Posted by: SDavis7 | March 22, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama's efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Chaney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Chaney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten's of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq's Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin "Tony" Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON --
Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming tax fraud charges -- Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --

OBAM YOU'RE NO JFK --

"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Michelle Obama should be ashamed.

"GLORK" Michelle Obama should be ashamed of her separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. If Michelle Obama new what her husband -- the Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama did in Harlem, she would wash her wide-open, Hus-suey loving MUSILM mouth out, with twenty-four (24) mule-team double-cross X-boX-BorraX. He is a MUSLIM "Glork" It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He's MAD!!!

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

THE SPEECH --

The Apologia has arrived and once again the self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama, promises to heal the wounds of the world. The speech is the rude awakening of mass messianism of his campaign. Apologetically, Obama the MUSLIM double-cross X-boX-BorraX has an astonishingly empty two-prawn echelon explanation of his misjudgment.
In the first prawn: with regard to his connection to separatist-racist Rev. Wright; Obama summons voodoo and juju to express slavery as beginning and ending with the Rev. Wright.
In the second prawn: Obama's speech takes credit for Ashley's dream. A dream of unity Martin Luther King, Jr. borrowed from Ashley for his historic "I Have A Dream" speech. In Obama's speech, the connective bond Ashley, the elderly black man and Obama's grandmother share; represents Obama's self-indicting rise to the Harvard Yard. For Obama, the grand flag of language is the semi-fore of words, bestowed upon our nation by the messiah-alumni from Harvard. Obama's Swoon-Song Apologia to the nation represents a failed hymn -- a hymn that fails to heal the nation, repair the world, or make this time different than all the rest. Obama's speech is a brilliant failure.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Posted by: jreno16 | March 22, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Fairlington Blade:

Don't encourage his behavior. Racist insinuations using a person's name is juvenile and unconstructive.

(How can conservatives so easily descend into verbal assaults like this? They know what it means. Don't they possess any self-respect? This is the stuff of grade school ruffians. I don't understand it.)

Posted by: poortrekker | March 22, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

What law?
Isn`t it obvious that McCain is not held to the same laws the rest on America is held to.
He will stand right in front of us and tell lie after lie after lie and dumb/ignorant ass Americans will still vote for him.
It`s not the candidates alone that are corrupt.It`s also the "MSM" that aids in the efforts of our corrupt politicians to mislead and deceive the people of America.
Has anything been done to put a stop to the communist ways of our media....NO!
If Americans are not capable of seeing through the MSM,they surely can`t make an intelligent decision.

Posted by: Jcalex1 | March 22, 2008 6:49 AM | Report abuse

So St. John the Apostate has no problem blowing past federal public financing laws. Why should he? The one lesson of the Bush Administration is that Republicans don't give a rat's butt about laws, rules, or even getting caught. They just care about the punishment, and as long as they can game the system to not suffer any consequences, their "consciences" are clear. What a "maverick," what an honorable nominee you have GOPers.

BTW--JakeD is and always has been a known troll on the left-leaning blogosphere. I guess McD's had to let him go so now he can get back to trolling.

Posted by: elroy1 | March 21, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Let's see JakeD, Obama is closing in on the Democratic nomination, McCain is already showing memory lapses and lack of a cogent fiscal or foreign policy and the country as a whole is tired of corrupt and ineffective Republican "leadership". What part of Obama's getting elected do you not understand? Is this like Dubya's pattern of thinking? Saying it makes it so?

Posted by: SDavis7 | March 21, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

One person said to read what FEC Toner had to say, that McCain was correct in what he was doing. Perhaps that person missed a key phrase in Toner's letter:

"assuming that no public funds have been pledged as security for private
financing"

That is quite significant, since McCain did use his public financing as collateral.

source:
Loans Could Paint McCain Into Corner - washingtonpost.com
Feb 27, 2008 ... McCain "secured a $4 million line of credit to keep his campaign afloat by using public financing as collateral. He should follow the law," ...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/02/27/ST2008022700110.html

Posted by: Pete_from_nyc | March 21, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

JakeD - ROFL!!! Now, will you start posting about Hillary DIANE Clinton?

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 21, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

So.. let's gt this straight - because we all know about what a straight talker mcbush is...mcush can't get anyone to give him any money for his campaign, so he commits to public financing...he takes "our money" as republicons are fond of saying, to fund his faltering campaign...then he gives the taxpayer a big f u once the cash starts to roll in. If he had any integrity he would at least refund the money he took from taxpayers if he is going to blow off the laws.. but then again, he is a loyal bush republicons and fairness, integrity, and principles mean nothing.

Posted by: John1263 | March 21, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Even at 71 McCain gets combative with those who disagree with him. I'd prefer to have a leader who will listen to alternative opinions before rationally choosing a sane path, rather than another cowboy who doesn't appear to know the difference between a Shiite and a Sunni. McCain is proof that experience without a quality decision making style is counterproductive.

Posted by: larryecoffey | March 21, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

SDavis7:

I am only going to say this once, so pay attention, Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

This reminds me of the way George Bush deals with inconvenient laws. He just breaks it and says, "call my attorney". No respect for the law he authored should serve as a solid warning for what we could expect from him if he were elected. The laws don't apply to him, only to citizens and the opposing party.

Posted by: fishingriver | March 21, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

John SIDNEY McBush has once again showed that he is a typical Repuglican; he wants everyone else to follow the rules but when they are inconvenient he just ignores them-kind of like he ignores the truth about the surge (read escalation) in Iraq so more soldiers and civilians can die.

President Obama will undoubtedly fill the FEC with qualified and honest individuals; something we could never expect from a Repuglican administration.

Posted by: SDavis7 | March 21, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

John SIDNEY McBush has once again showed that he is a typical Repuglican; he wants everyone else to follow the rules but when they are inconvenient he just ignores them-kind of like he ignores the truth about the surge (read escalation) in Iraq so more soldiers and civilians can die.

President Obama will undoubtedly fill the FEC with qualified and honest individuals; something we could never expect from a Repuglican administration.

Posted by: SDavis7 | March 21, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

There's an excellent McCain satire!

"The following is an excerpt from a chapter on world religions from John McCain's upcoming book: I Spent Five and a Half Years in a Vietnamese Prison Camp and My Mind is as Sharp as a...Ooh, look, a Birdie! Published by Harper Collins." The rest is here: http://www.236.com/blog/w/ian_gurvitz/brother_john_mccain_explains_i_5326.php

Posted by: namesnotcrindy | March 21, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Mccain is a crook just like Obama & Hillary...The only different is McCain is also senile! Where that is worse than having an American hating Racist like Obama guess each Citizen will have ti decide!

Posted by: american1 | March 21, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

'It seems that the vast majority of commenters to this and other Times articles are Democrats whose only retoric is to frame everything in "hate Bush" and use a four letter work "liar" in all. What a pitiful lack of reasoned analysis.'

Er, dremdmba, this is the Washington Post, not the Times.

Try Aricept (tm). It's endorsed by John McCain!

Posted by: Bud0 | March 21, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, saying one thing and then doing the opposite is lying. I suggest you read the letter from the current FEC Chairman (and Republican) David Mason. http://www.fec.gov/press/press2008/FECtoMcCain.PDF

Posted by: docbox88 | March 21, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Keating Five is accustomed to playing fast and loose with the law. He's a Republican, after all, and the law does not apply to them.

Posted by: B2O2 | March 21, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

It seems that the vast majority of commenters to this and other Times articles are Democrats whose only retoric is to frame everything in "hate Bush" and use a four letter work "liar" in all. What a pitiful lack of reasoned analysis.

Posted by: dremdmba | March 21, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

It is well known that JakeD, like most Republicans, doesn't believe in the rule of law.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | March 21, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

JakeL:

I will agree with this part of your post: "I don't see how any clear-thinking person can see that what McCain has done here amounts to hypocrisy . . ."

Plutonique9:

I am too old, and I am not making fun of anyone's middle name. Next question?

TrentinaNE:

Bone fide loophole -- as Toner pointed out, above, if a candidate indicates he or she does not want the money and does so before payments are made, then he or she is free to withdraw from the system.

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

sghost wrote: "The fact of opting into the public system allowed McCain's campaign to avoid the COSTLY and time consuming process of gathering petition signatures to be placed on various primary ballots. It's a cost and effort that very possibly would have killed his campaign, had they been forced to do it themselves."

I've also been frustrated that this angle of the story hasn't gotten more play. But I'm also wondering... does the legislation deal with this at all, or is it a bonafide loophole?

Posted by: TrentinaNE | March 21, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain, desperate for money, makes a bargain with the Devil which involves abiding by the public financing system rules.

Now the Devil has come to collect and suddenly the McManchurian candidate doesn't recognize any law but the law of campaign survival. Well, he's gonna have to eat these maggots off his plate in public this time.

I am sick of politicians who consider themselves above the law - like W and McW - and taunt rest of us with with their immunity from prosecution. McCain can take his self-righteousness and shove it!

Posted by: JC505 | March 21, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm more inclined to listen to the current FEC chairmain who says McCain is breaking the law, as opposed to the former chairman who's a partisan McCain supporter.

Posted by: wesc | March 21, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"If a candidate indicates he or she does not want the money and does so before payments are made and does not take advantage of the promise of future payments, then he or she is free to withdraw from the system," said Toner, who advised former GOP presidential contender Fred Thompson.

He did take advantage of the promise of future payments, when he promised the bank that he would take matching public funds in the event of primary losses, in order to get a loan.

And he took advantage of the public system to get his name registered on the ballot in numerous states. All the other GOP candidates paid for that themselves.

McCain is cynically gaming and undermining the very system he so often boasts about reforming. And yes, he is breaking the law in plain sight.

Posted by: Bud0 | March 21, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, aren't you a little old to be making fun of someones name? (i.e Barack HUSSEIN Obama)

I guess it tells you something about a man who possesses the mind of a child :)

Posted by: Plutonique9 | March 21, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I for one do not like mc cains policies on war, so he his out as far as I'm concerned
and his going over the limit on spending is wrong but hes trying to buy this country because no one wants war and he has no other way to get himself noticed then by spending, truth is I didn't even know is existed in this campaign.
YES WE CAN !!!

Posted by: USA2 | March 21, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I for one do not like mc cains policies on war, so he his out as far as I'm concerned
and his going over the limit on spending is wrong but hes trying to buy this country because no one wants war and he has no other way to get himself noticed then by spending, truth is I didn't even know is existed in this campaign.
YES WE CAN !!!

Posted by: USA2 | March 21, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

John Hussain McCain says alqaeda is tied to iran. I am speechless. Iraq war was sold on the point that alqaeda is tied to iraq, and this just gives a preview of how he will sell war with iran. The audacity of these politicians is amazing in taking that american people can be so easily misled.

Posted by: catchsandy | March 21, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

John Hussain McCain says alqaeda is tied to iran. I am speechless. Iraq war was sold on the point that alqaeda is tied to iraq, and this just gives a preview of how he will sell war with iran. The audacity of these politicians is amazing in taking that american people can be so easily misled.

Posted by: catchsandy | March 21, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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What happened to 'this is a nation of laws.' God forbid someone lies about an extra marital affair. But breaking a little campaign law. No big deal.

The haters are out in force!


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Posted by: imright | March 21, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I smell yet ANOTHER flip-flop comming from John McCain. And this is news?

Posted by: feastorafamine | March 21, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

John Hussain McCain says alqaeda is tied to iran. I am speechless. Iraq war was sold on the point that alqaeda is tied to iraq, and this just gives a preview of how he will sell war with iran. The audacity of these politicians is amazing in taking that american people can be so easily misled.

Posted by: catchsandy | March 21, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Bush-like

Posted by: OneFreeMan | March 21, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain's decisions to violate the spending cap, commit a felony, and flip-flop on campaign finance tell me all I need to know about McCain's views on abiding by the law and the Constitution.

Posted by: hesingswithfrogs | March 21, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain can spend the whole pitiful pile of donations that the he and the GOP have mustered - a shockingly meager amount - and he'll never overcome the American public's accurate perception that (1) he sold out his principles after being destroyed in the 2000 South Carolina primary by GOP slimeballs, and since became a Bush lapdog; (2) he has devolved from a champion of public financing into the ol' scandal-plagued, Lincoln S&L lackey; (3) is so utterly ignorant of the basic facts on the ground in his self-proclaimed 100-year warzone that he can't identify Sunni from Shi'a, much less sh*t from shinola (or is simply lying the country into another boondoggle at the cost of our international prestige, $4 billion a week, and nearly 4,000 American lives and countless others maimed and traumatized; and (4) can barely follow a train of thought as he descends into senility.

It's never a joy watching a man disintegrate on the national stage, but we can't risk yet another term marked by incompetence, misjudgment, and the inability to adapt to a world that has long left him behind. I pity the old fool, but the stakes are too large, and we can't afford to spare him. The mess created by the current occupant will require more than this doddering dinosaur can muster.

Posted by: RicardoMalocchio | March 21, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps its Joe Lieberman's fault for not whispering the answers in his ear?

Posted by: evilalbrown | March 21, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh, the last Time I checked, the GOP already has a Nominee.

Wouldn't this now be considered Money being collected by President McCain to celebrate his Victory coming in November?

Is he supposed to sit on his Butt, or be getting ready for the Contest coming against the Dim's result from their Broken Convention?

For President McCain, it is now the Election, not the Primaries! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 21, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

One of the Washington Post's reporters pointed out that the FEC can't enforce campaign-finance law because it's understaffed. Who's responsible for this mess?

Posted by: ericp331 | March 21, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

So basically McCain is breaking his own campaign finance laws?

Nice.

Posted by: nbrans | March 21, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican, I am truly sad to see that John McCain is the nominee. I don't see how any clear-thinking person can see that what McCain has done here amounts to hypocrisy at the least and violation of the FEC rules and fraud at the most. And then McCain is going to try and say that Obama should only use public funds?

The only reason McCain wants to tie Obama's hands is because Obama actually gets donations from real people and can raise money whereas McCain, the liberal media darling, gets free press and money from the ultra-wealthy special interest lobbyists that he associates with.

Posted by: JakeL | March 21, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

docbox88:

He did not "lie" -- even if he did, is it an FEC violation -- please see the comments, above, of former FEC Chairman Michael Toner : )

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

JakeD's comment regarding John Kerry's loan to his campaign contains an error: Kerry's campaign was loaned money from a mortgage on a Kerry Massachusetts townhouse, not from his income stream.

Posted by: kmsmp | March 21, 2008 02:14 PM

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JakeD, wrong? No way!!!

Posted by: LABC | March 21, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Yes, McCain has played the campaign finance restrictions close to the edge. I admit that but they are in a very gray area, one that cannot be resolved because of the political impasse in the Senate. Barring resolution, he has no obligation to swing well within all bounds of the law he helped establish just to look saintly and lose a nomination.

If the Democrats want to play gotcha, I suppose they must yield to the Republican position in the Senate. Otherwise, my remark referencing Al Gore's response to campaign finance gaffes stands although Gore's was a more substantial violation.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

poortrekker:

Neither of the remaining Democratic candidates took public financing for thir PRIMARY -- at least McCain has agreed to accept public financing for the GENERAL election -- so the only question is will Barack HUSSEIN Obama abide by his pledge to aggressively pursue such an agreement? It appears not, so it would be political suicide for John SIDNEY McCain to do so.

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/03/21/mccain-spiritual-guide-ac_n_92757.html

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maybe McCain can call upon his endorser to deliver a fire and brimstone speech. Shake some money out of the trees!

Posted by: LABC | March 21, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line is McCain lied. He pledged to take public financing, got a $4 million loan and free access to state ballots then reneged on his pledge. So much for being a "straight talker."

Posted by: docbox88 | March 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain will follow the Bush lead, and ignore all rules and laws. He will also continue to spout deceit as truth if it serves his own delusional beliefs. For example, he recently said that if we withdraw from Iraq, al Qaeda will have won. He also suggested, while in the ME, that we need to be very wary of the "al Qaeda/Iran connection. He apparently doesn't realize that the Shiite have been enemies of the Sunni connected al Qaeda and that the Iraqi Sunni have broken off the relationship. Well, maybe he does know it but that tidbit doesn't serve his fear mongering agenda.

Posted by: larryecoffey | March 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

goldie2, amacmill, info4 or Michael_Nemec:

Assuming President John SIDNEY McCain eventually nominates (and the Senate confirms) a quorum to the FEC, what exactly do you think the FEC will do to him? Fine him? Impeach him? Assassinate him? Please, tell us.

kmsmp:

Your post contains an error: I did not post about Kerry.

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

edbyronadams:

McCain was, until a few weeks ago, the self-appointed crusader for campaign finance reform.

In the space of mere weeks, he has thrown out his convictions and sought to extricate himself from the product of his own efforts as fast as he can.

Tsk tsk. So yes, this level of sanctimoniousness is almost maddeningly intolerable. He deserves every bit of a public admonishment.

Makes one wonder what convictions he'll throw out as a commander-in-chief. Look no further than Bush for evidence of the outcome.

Posted by: poortrekker | March 21, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

JakeD's comment regarding John Kerry's loan to his campaign contains an error: Kerry's campaign was loaned money from a mortgage on a Kerry Massachusetts townhouse, not from his income stream.

Posted by: kmsmp | March 21, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"edbyronadams - What you said about Kerry is not accurate. He lent himself money by using his Boston Townhouse as collateral. It was all perfectly legal."

Since his only income was his salary as a senator, how did he service the loan? I never claimed the loan was illegal.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Another reasons why Britney shouldn't get visitation rights to see her kids. Whoops, wrong news story. Who's John McCain anyways?

Posted by: jjsargent | March 21, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

edbyronadams - What you said about Kerry is not accurate. He lent himself money by using his Boston Townhouse as collateral. It was all perfectly legal.

As for McCain, I believe that the law is written in such a way that makes it illegal to remove yourself from public financing - once you have committed yourself - without a ruling from the FEC.

The FEC is deadlocked because Republicans in the Senate want on vote for all proposed Commissioners and the Democrats want separate vote - especially for vote-suppression guru Hans von Spakovsky.

McCain - the saint of Campaign Finance Reform - is actually trying to game the system. He has an agreement with a bank for a loan and if his campaign went badly the federal government - i.e. all of us taxpayers - would bail him out and pay back the loan (by using the matching funds); if he did well then he would not need to government to match the funds. He is clearly gaming the system and it very well may be a federal crime.

Posted by: Michael_Nemec | March 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

John McInsane got the loan on false pretences which amounts to fraud.

Posted by: info4 | March 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Using the public financing precluded him from having to spend money on getting signatures to go on ballots in certain states...he thus used this system to short cut what would have been a more expensive independently financed way to get to primary ballots...

Other candidates did not say they were going to use public financing and thus used fund raising to reach the same result...

thus he had an advantage that he now is bowing away from after the fact...

Posted by: amacmill | March 21, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The real issue here is whether Obama should be held to his statement that he take public financing if John McCain won't be held to his pledge and use of the public financing system to get on the ballot and get a loan. I don't think Obama should be held to his previous statement. John McCain better not make an issue of it or it really will be double speak.

Posted by: goldie2 | March 21, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Again, sghost75, once President John SIDNEY McCain appoints the quorum to the FEC, what exactly do you think it will do to him? Fine him? Impeach him? Assassinate him? Tell us.

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

The only reason this is a news item is because it's not fair to pick on a 200-year old man.

Posted by: wideblacksky | March 21, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Another wrinkle to the McCain/Public financing story that just never seems to be mentionied much:

The fact of opting into the public system allowed McCain's campaign to avoid the COSTLY and time consuming process of gathering petition signatures to be placed on various primary ballots. It's a cost and effort that very possibly would have killed his campaign, had they been forced to do it themselves.

So beyond the here and now question of whetehr he's committing a felony by continuing to campaign while is public financing status is an open question, he's already accrued tangible benefits from his intentions to enter the system. It's entirely possible that McCain's organization wouldn't have been able to pull together the operation to gather the necessary signatures to get him onto some of the Supper Tuesday states that essentially propelled him to his nomination.

Posted by: sghost75 | March 21, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I am an Obama supporter who constantly struggles with my "white liberal guilt"..at least my life experiences enlightened me beyond the "white conservative racists" who have to vote for McBush.

Posted by: soonipi6 | March 21, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Since there is not a voting quorum on the FEC, I suppose all technical rulings are in the "no controlling legal precedent" realm.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

God D the FEC

You know I am starting to think all the pols are the same.

O wait they are unless the are a woman. We can have women with ambition or guile.

Posted by: mul | March 21, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Where did you get the $54 million figure for the spending cap? The FEC says $42 million on its website.

http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/pubfund_limits_2008.shtml

Posted by: hbok | March 21, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Where is the FEC located? Miami?

During an Election, the People in Charge are MISSING FOUR Positions?

WTF? Still trying to find an Un-Documented to get the job filled on the sly?

Waiting for the H1-B Visa?

Can't find ANYONE in Washington who can pass the Ethics Challenge? ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 21, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

For anyone living in Pennsylvania:

Monday, March 24th is the DEADLINE to register for the Pennsylvania primary -- if you are currently registered Republican or Idependent -- you can always switch back after the primary:

https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Harsh.

More belligerence and bull-headedness from GOP candidates and politicians. Surprise.

Posted by: thecrisis | March 21, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is low on cash for the primaries!

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/03/21/this-is-why/

Posted by: old_europe | March 21, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

One former FEC chairman, Michael Toner, said McCain would not need action by the FEC to pull out of public financing: "If a candidate indicates he or she does not want the money and does so before payments are made and does not take advantage of the promise of future payments, then he or she is free to withdraw from the system," said Toner, who advised former GOP presidential contender Fred Thompson. "That's my understanding of exactly what happened here."

http://electionlawblog.org/archives/010170.html

The only REAL question is whether Barack HUSSEIN Obama will abide by his pledge to aggressively pursue an agreement on public financing for the GENERAL election.

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

edbyronadams:

I enjoy sticky-FEC questions, so I have no problem dealing with the substance of the allegations -- I'm just hoping that McCain picks someone like Romney or Bloomberg as his running mate -- whether a VICE-Presidential candidate can fund their campaign is an open question too (even Micheal Toner would admit that much ; )

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

This brings up some old news. When John Kerry's nomination bid was faltering, he lent his campaign a few million dollars. It was against the law for his wealthy wife to do so but John's income was inadequate to service such a loan. It seemed a dodge at the time, yet the media left it unexamined.

But let's rake John McCain over the coals when he is caught in a bureaucratic Catch 22, shall we?

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

So, once President John SIDNEY McCain appoints the quorum to the FEC, what exactly do you think it will do to him?

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

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