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McCain Lists Top Bundlers
By Matthew Mosk
Sen. John McCain's campaign has posted a new, full list of his top bundlers on his web site and -- in a step unprecedented for a presidential candidate -- included each fundraiser's hometown and employer.
The list includes 63 people who have raised in excess of $500,000 for the campaign, including longtime backer and Univision chairman A. Jerry Perenchio, New York Jets owner Robert Woody Johnson IV (think Johnson & Johnson), and billionaire Henry R. Kravis. A number of the top bundlers are also former Bush Pioneers and Rangers, including Virginia developer Dwight C. Schar, lobbyist Peter Terpeluk Jr., and Jack Oliver, the fundraising expert who helped President Bush design his money machine in 2000 and again in 2004.
But there is one name that used to appear on McCain's fundraising list that has disappeared -- that of James Courter, a former GOP congressman from New Jersey whose telecommunications firm, IDT, was fined $1.3 million by the Federal Communications Commission last week for failing to file a contract for telephone service to Haiti in 2004. The fine was first reported by the Conde Nast site Portfolio.com.
Courter had been one of 20 McCain national finance co-chairs, and the group Public Citizen lists him as a McCain "Trailblazer," meaning he raised more than $100,000 for the senator. Another top IDT official, Michael Glassner, was also previously listed as a McCain fundraiser, as a member of the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Finance Committee. His name does not appear on the newly minted bundler list.
Brian Rogers, a McCain campaign spokesman, said the campaign removed Courter from the list because "he's not raising money for us any more."
Asked if that meant the campaign was returning money raised by Courter, Rogers said no. "It's a fundraiser's list. He's not raising money for us."
Posted at 4:54 PM ET on Jul 15, 2008
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