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Bush Bundlers Raise Nearly $26 Million for McCain

By Matthew Mosk
The group Campaign Money Watch has reviewed the latest campaign filings by Sen. John McCain's campaign and found that while the presumptive GOP nominee is not spending much time with President Bush, he is spending plenty of time with Bush's bundlers.

According to the group's analysis, 124 fundraisers have raised money for both Bush and McCain. These former Pioneers and Rangers have raised a minimum of $25.95 million for McCain's presidential campaign, the analysis found.

"Senator McCain has been working hard to distance himself from an unpopular president, but he is relying on the same network of big money donors and fundraisers in his run for the White House," said David Donnelly, Director of Campaign Money Watch. "Given that McCain and Bush have both pulled water from the same well, it's hard to see how he would pursue policies other than those that have handsomely rewarded Bush's donors over the past eight years."

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 22, 2008; 12:15 PM ET
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To the writer who listed the "speakers" at the Democratic National Convention,

Just remember the Republican platform and strategy for your economic future contains the economic plan architected by Phil Gramm. Phil is the man who helped shape America's economic condition under both Bush's and who sees you as a whiner. So be of good faith. If McSame is elected you will enjoy more of the Gramm/Bush economic euphoria you are feeling today.

Not only that, you can continue to send your taxes to Iraq to support a country that refuses to take the necessary political reconciliation steps needed to support itself.

Posted by: Jokes on You | July 23, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

This is why no one took McCain's outrage at Sen Obama for not taking public financing seriously. The Republicans continue to be poised to try to buy an election based on old established big money from lobbyists, money barons and those who have profited from the War in Iraq.

Posted by: Vgirl1 | July 23, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Farrakhan has his headquarters in chicago and he has enthusiastic support from most voters in Obama previous districy.
Louis Farrakhan recently led a rally of nearly of 20,000 followers in Chicago to support Senator Obama according to the Chicago Tribune. article:
"Louis Farrakhan backs Obama for president at Nation of Islam convention in Chicago."

And you say that his support for Obama in an essentially an all black district would be is you who does not know chicago politics on the south-side.

Posted by: hillbilly neo-con | July 23, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Illinois Politics Observe.

Obama is in tight with the racist hater Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan.

In December 2007, the Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) bestowed its highest social achievement award upon Louis Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam. This was facilitated through the church's publication Trumpet Magazine and presented at their end of the year awards gala. The award dubbed the Lifetime Achievement "Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Trumpet" Award is named after the head pastor that married Barack and Michele Obama nee Robinson. According to the Church's publication, "the decision was made to honor socially conscious giants who commit their life's work to saving the lives of Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora."

Let us look at our daily lives for the simple answer. As a Christian, I wish to attend a local church. Like Sen. Obama, I consider this a very important decision both for myself and for my family. I will visit a church and listen to the messages being preached by the pastor or minister, as well as inquire about the churches beliefs and causes. I can tell you without any hesitation that if I attended a church that preached racism in any form, I would stand up and walk out the door. Additionally, if I were to attend a church that supported someone such as Louis Farrakhan, I would stop going for the same reasons. Sen. Obama not only attended Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ for well over a decade, but continued to attend even after Louis Farrakhan was awarded the churches highest honor. Well into Sen. Obama's attempt to secure the Presidency, he is now attempting to break all ties with Louis Farrakhan and Trinity United Church of Christ. Does this solve the problem? I say no way. Stepping away now only calls Sen. Obama's motivations into question. It is clear that Obama is doing so for purely political reasons. Year after year Obama sat and listened to the messages. He watched his church award Louis Farrakhan, knowing full well what it was he was supporting. And he did nothing to distance himself. This tells me everything I need to know as a voter. Some small part of Senator Obama agrees with what he was hearing, or he would have stood up and walked out the door. How can we possibly ignore this transgression?

Posted by: hillbilly neo-com | July 23, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

This is no surprise. The republican Greed Machine will spare no effort to raise any amount to keep Dubya's policies going via McSame. After all, Bush has gutted the regulatory agencies, allowed companies to sell anything no matter how dangerous (pharmaceuticals, vegtables, toys, pet food, mortgages, etc) to maximize corporate profits at the expense of the people. Corporations are like kids in Dubya's candy store and they don't want it to end.

Posted by: Pearl77 | July 23, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Following is a preliminary list of keynote speakers at the Democratic convention and topics (updated 7/23/2008)

Marion Barry --- Drug Abuse

Rep. Denny Kucinich --- How to garner 1 % of the vote in every primary entered

John Edwards --- Ambulance Chasing

Mayor Ray Nagin --- Emergency Evacuation Preparations

Sen. Chrissy Dodd --- Obtaining Countrywide Loans

Sen. Chucky Schumer --- How to initiate a run on a Bank

James McGreevey --- Gay Rights

Jesse Jackson --- Marital Fidelity and Castration

Al Sharpt on --- Race Relations

Al "Bore" Gore --- Snow Removal

Louis Farrakhan --- Muslims in America and Muslim in the White House

Posted by: mike | July 23, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Hillbilly neo-con doesn't know or understand much about Illinois politics. First, a Farrakhan endorsement of Obama would have been a detriment, not a plus; there has never been any relationship between Obama and Farrakhan. Second, the incumbent state senator (Alice Palmer) had chosen to run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Congress and announced she would not seek releection to the state senate. When she lost the congressional bid (to Jesse Jackson, Jr.), she had a change of heart and decided to try to cobble together a run for the state senate seat. Her effort was woefully short of the mark, and no one with common sense regretted her failure.

Posted by: Illinois Politics Observe | July 23, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Nice try for the Mccain camp to try and spin the gaffe Mccain made regarding Ambar awakening in Iraq. Mccain gaffe is the time frame when the Anbar Awakening began not if the surge help the process or not. The surge began 6 months later. How can the surge begin something that took place before the surge? Its a gaffe or either a lie.

Posted by: Barry | July 23, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Nice try for the Mccain camp to try and spin the gaffe Mccain made regarding Ambar awakening in Iraq. Mccain gaffes was stating that the surge began the
Anbar awakening and it didn't the surge didn't happen until 6 months later. The Mccain camp is trying to spin the argument back to the surge working. whether or not if the surge worked or was it a collaberation of efforts doesn't change that fact that Mccain got the time frame when the Anbar Awakening wrong. The Mccain camp needs to stop trying to spin gaffes of Mccain and get a message for him.

Posted by: Linda | July 23, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

It would seem to me that Obama would never had made it to Illinois State Senate without the ultimate blessing of Louis Farrakhan. Obama threw the incumbent civil rights lady under the bus and bulldozed his way into her State senate seat. Obama hired lawyers and got the candidate's petition signatures thrown out and disqualified. Obama did this with not just one but all the democratic candidates (no Republicans run in South Chicago). So once the other candidates were disqualified Obama had the seat with NO votes. Sounds Mugabe to me. Obama, in his own words ( via Right Mind)

Posted by: hillbilly neo-con | July 23, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

This is a far left-wing echo chamber. The "overwhelming prevalence" of leftist views on this blog "creates a politicized atmosphere of groupthink and intolerance," If liberals are supposed to defend intellectual freedom and diversity of opinion, how can they allow themselves to perpetuate be "a bastion of orthodoxy"? Most of theses posts are so ridiculous that they are not worthy of a response.

Posted by: bitter and clinging | July 23, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

how about that

Posted by: toma2 | July 23, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

McBush represents the corporate heads of america who love the republican party for all the legislative gift giving that empowers the few and weakens the working class. This is the bottom line. Just look at the record. Is your wallet hurting lately?

Posted by: Will D. | July 23, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

How anyone can even contemplate voting Republican is truly beyond me! The Bush Crime Syndicate, with McCain as one of its lackeys, lied us into war....presides over the nation's worst war profiteering in history...has destroyed the middle class with its deregulation of the oil and home mortgage industries; destroyed unions; stolen retirement funds; cut taxes for all those who make over $250K; stolen our civil liberties... Here is a real chance for Americans to live up to the true meaning of its creed and prove that we are all one people. Will America vote against its own best interest based on its prejudices and ignorance? Will skin color trump truth and rationality? The stakes to this country...and the world, have NEVER been higher! Will we allow the Republicans to make the next Supreme Court appointments that will result in the outlawing of a woman's right to the most personal of issues? Will we, in the 21st century, prove this social experiment that we call DEMOCRACY while great in theory, is in the reality, an illusion? The eyes of the world are watching!

Posted by: wilbistro | July 23, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

It's actually George Bush who

(1) didn't like America to even serve out his term in the Texas Air Guard
(2) is friends with the Bin Ladin family and the Saudi Royals
(3) has a wife who committed vehicular manslaughter, killing an innocent American citizen, and
(4) lied the country into 4000 U.S. deaths in Iraq for the sake of lining the pockets of his fatcat oil industry contributors.

Now these same people are trying to buy McCain's way into the White House. But with Bush's approval at 21%, McCain is stuck. He can't win by tying himself to Bush, but he can't fund his campaign without also tying himself to Bush.

Posted by: JustMike | July 23, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

You get the type of government you deserve. Here's hoping we deserve better than McCain!

Posted by: wilbistro | July 23, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Republicans, are you living in a different world, have you not seen the mess that you guys have put this country in. We are at the Brink of a recession. Gas prices are high food is expensive, lots of people can't afford health care and hundred of thousands of Americans are losing their homes and jobs and have lost their lives because of the Republicans that have run this country for the past 8 years. No more.... the Democrats will save this nation.

Posted by: Yamba | July 23, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are in denial. They have a candidate that will lose in a landslide. Wait until the debates come about and McCain stumbles all over himself explaining his flip flopping. If this is the best the Republican party can come up with, they deserve to lose. Besides look at the mess they created, they should be ashamed to even enter a nominee into this election. LOSERS!

Posted by: Tom Estrada | July 23, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Chad, right on! Dems could have won with Hillary, but nutty Howard Dean, loser John Kerry and Obama got togther to decide how to screw Hillary. Yet the public really believes Obama did it fairly. She would be an excellent president. He didn't win won large state or swing state. This Dem is voting for McCain. I have never seen a more unprepared candidate. I am sick of listening to his nonsense or should say his speeches using a teleprompter Dems better get out of their Obama coma. He is a loser.

Posted by: Political Watchdog | July 23, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

It appears that very soon we will be stuck with President Obama. It will be a very sad day that our population will elect a man who:
1) Does not like America enough to even wear the flag until he is pressured politically to do so!
2) Who is friends with individuals who hate America and have also participated in the bombing of our sacred country
3) Who has a wife who openly said she is not proud to be American
4) Who tours Iraq and takes credit for military success that he has opposed since day one!

Apparently, the American presidency has been come a popularity, hollywood contest.

Who's going to be President in 20 years? Puff Daddy or maybe he will call himself Sean Combs when he runs for election!\

Anyone Democrat who votes for Obama should be ashamed for the disrespect they are showing to millions that have sacrificed to have the "luxury" of living in America.

Posted by: Chad | July 23, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Listen you guys, I am a used to be Democrat and not even a Republican but YOU REPUBLICANS BETTER SUPPORT MCCAIN AND YOU BETTER HOPE HE CAN WIN. If Obama wins our country is history, I challenge and implore you to do everything in your power to support McCain.
I have been a Bush hater but no longer, he looks better and better to me every day that I even dare to imagine Obama winning, I can't even think of saying President "you know who".
It is either President Hillary Clinton and I sure hope so, haven't given up hope on that yet or President McCain. Get behind McCain, he should pick Romney and they will do the country good. They are decent and we know who they are and what they are but we do not know Obama and his corrupt supporters.

Posted by: Lynne Deboth | July 23, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Money well spent. If the Dems were smart they would abandon Obama who looked like a twit in Iraq. However, they are going to lose with this guy who isn't prepared for the job.

McCain will be the next Prez.

Posted by: Political Watchdog | July 23, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Check this out. It's long, but it left me speechless:

Posted by: Susan | July 23, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

When a very unpopular President, can raise MILLIONS more than the UN-DESERVING Nominee;

IT PROVES, just HOW UNDESERVING, a Nominee he is!


Or, at least, make HIM, Mitt Romney's Veep!

I do NOT think I am the only Conservative who DEMANDS a Candidate who WILL enforce our Nation's Labor Laws!

McAmnesty will only LIE under Oath that He will enforce our Nation's Laws! :-(

Posted by: SAINT-The | July 22, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Money down the drain. No Republican can win in November. They have screwed things up so horribly that only the fanatical, kool-aid drinking, dead-end losers still believe in the anti-American right-wing fascist party currently led by the Bush Crime Family and the Cheney/Haliburton mercenaries.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 22, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

a small investment that would pay billions

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 22, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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