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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

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."

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Keep a look out for these names as they will likely make the headlines on their was to prison.

Posted by: Buckeye | July 17, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who would vote to put Mcsame in the White House has to be losing their minds.This man is dangerous, he is aliar, and he is dishonest.Dishonest for all the lies he is telling on the speech stump.He and Bush said they were big in passing the G I bill, and Mcsame refused to even show up and vote on it.They fought it tooth and nail. He talks abouth the surge, and say that is how he will win the war in Afganistan like they won it it Iraq.What have they won? Nine of our brave soildiers were killed last week , in one day.What have they won? He went out of his way to echo Bush's appeasement label they tried to pin on OBAMA because Obama said he would talk to Iran.What has Bush done? Sent the undersecetary to Iran to talk.He called OBAMA inexperienced because he said we should be on the Afgan-Pakistan border fighting ALQUADA, what did Mcsame say yesterday, he would pull troops from Iraq
and send to the Afgan-Paskistan boarder. He said Obama was pipe dreaming when Obama said we would invest in solar and wind energy.What did Mcsame say yesterday, he would invest in solar and wind energy.Everything Obama has said Mcsame is now copying his speeches.He has changed his team so many times because they don't know how to win with him.Yesterday his bill board said Jobs for America, but Obama talked abouth national security and getting out of Iraq, so the Mcsame camp scrambled to listen to OBAMA so they could steal Obama speech.Obama has them running all over the place.How does the GOP think this old man can keep up with OBAMA.I can't wait until the debates start.John Mcsame referred to Germany with Putin as president.He talked about Chekasovakia, and that isn't even a country any more.But the media trools just let it slide. This man is dangerous, and if anyone vote for this man they need to be examine,because they are in the same shape he is in.

Posted by: tygirl | July 16, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

The first comment, which was anonymous, was the best analysis I have seen of what is the bottom line about John McCain. Voters must decide whether this 3rd from the bottom of his class at Annapolis, former bombardier of civilians in Vietnam, son and grandson of Navy Admirals, can be trusted with America's massive nuclear arsenal and military.

Another hawk and pro-war presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater, was resoundingly defeated in 1964. But another engineered 9-11 could put McCain in the White House.

Even now polls show the perception of voters is that McCain would make a better Commander in Chief. McCain's flippant "bomb, bomb, bomb Iran," comment, makes me quite afraid for the future of humanity. Bush and Cheney are planning to attack Iran before they leave office. The next president, if Bush has not suspended the election, will have to deal with a possible WW III.

I was watching an interview recently on Cable News of one of McCain's prison guards at the Hanoi Hilton. This former prison guard said McCain was well liked and said McCain is viewed as a friend of the Vietnamese people and he hopes McCain becomes President. He denied that McCain had been tortured for years as has been alleged, which is something that needs to investigate this possible biographical fraud further.

To the author of the initial comment, please contact me directly at



Posted by: Dave in Jersey | July 16, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the KKK tops McCain's donors.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse


For years, the mainstream news media has refused to stop idolizing the so-called straight talking maverick John McCain long enough to question the mental health consequences of the years he spent as a "special" prisoner of the communists in North Vietnam.

McCain, the presumptive Republican candidate for President, who could one day have his finger on the "red button," claims the communists subjected him to 5 ½ years of nonstop indoctrination sessions so intense that he attempted suicide.

Unfortunately for McCain, after his bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire near Hanoi on October 26, 1967, he parachuted into the hands of an evil communist enemy who 7 years earlier had adopted Soviet methods of prisoner interrogation.

At that time, the Soviets were perfecting techniques designed "to put a man's mind into a fog so that he will mistake what is true for what is untrue, what is right for what is wrong, and come to believe what did not happen actually had happened."

Psychiatric Journals are flush with reports concluding that former POWs may remain entangled in "harsh psychological battles" with themselves for decades after returning home including difficulty in controlling intense emotions such as anger and stress.

In political circles, McCain, sometimes referred to as "insane McCain," is well known for having a "volcanic" temper which his colleagues say often erupts into vulgar language and personal insults.

Democrat Paul Johnson, the former mayor of Phoenix, experienced McCain's in your face temperament up close. "His volatility borders in the area of being unstable," Johnson said. "Before I let this guy put his finger on the button, I would have to give considerable pause."

The Journal of America Medicine reported in an 1996 article that being a former POW is associated with "increased cumulative incidence rates of chronic disorders of the peripheral nervous system, joints, and back and an increased hazard rate of peptic ulcer."

The 71 year-old McCain most certainly suffers pain and the weakening effects of chronic arthritis. He broke both arms when he was forced to eject after his bomber was hit. He says the Vietnamese periodically re-fractured his bones during years of interrogation and torture which rendered him permanently incapable of raising his arms above his head.

McCain has never been publicly vetted about what and how much medications he is taking. Aside from his anger and arthritic pain issues, McCain has had reoccurring bouts of malignant melanoma, a deadly form of cancer that can spread quickly throughout the body.

These facts alone beg the question on how a President McCain, in the absence of his campaign staff handlers, would deal with a snap decision that had to be made "if the White House phone rang at 3 a.m."

McCain's POW experience is unique. His communist captors considered him the "crown prince" of U.S. POWs because his father, Adm. John McCain, was commander of all U.S. forces fighting in Vietnam. Because the communists believed he was from a "royal family" and would when finally released return to the United States to an important military or government job, they held him for two years in "solitary confinement."

In February, Reuters news reported that McCain's former captors are expressing delight in the news of his nomination as Republican party Presidential candidate. "In the past Senator McCain has conducted activities that had a positive impact in bringing the two nations [Vietnam/United States] closer. That is a point that Vietnamese people who follow the current affairs do recognize," said retired North Vietnamese Colonel Nguyen Van Phuong, representing retired and present members of the Vietnamese communist military.

Since McCain was first elected to Congress 1982 (and later to the Senate), he and his staff have expended tens of thousands of hours pushing U.S. legislation favoring communist Vietnam. In 1995, McCain stood with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. to give President Bill Clinton valuable political cover he needed to disregard the issue of missing U.S. POWs in Vietnam and remove the U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam.

No U.S. POW had any communication with McCain or knew where he was being held during at least 8 to 12 months of McCain's first two years of captivity. He has either been unable or unwilling to account for the months he was missing from the POW system.

Within days of McCain's shoot down and after being told the identity of his famous father, the Vietnamese rushed him to Gai Lam military hospital (U.S. government documents), a medical facility normally unavailable to treat U.S. POWs. McCain was kept at Gai Lam for six weeks under the control of Soviet medical specialist anxious to test the use of their "mind and behavior modification" drugs on such an important prisoner.

McCain said the communists were so effective with their interrogation techniques that he broke on the fourth day after being captured and began cooperating. "Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant." Pages 193-194, Faith of My Fathers, by John McCain.

U.S. intelligence agents concluded in the early 1950s that Soviet intelligence (KGB) agents were experimenting on their prisoners with "mind control" techniques and behavior modification drugs

Allen W. Dulles, the newly confirmed CIA director acknowledged the dilemma in April 1953, when he told a gathering of Princeton alumni that "a sinister battle for men's minds" was underway. The Soviets, Dulles explained "have developed brain perversion techniques, some of which are so subtle and so abhorrent to our way of life that we have recoiled from facing up to them."

During the Cold War, the Soviets and the CIA began competing with secret experiments on prisoners aimed at honing the use of "chemical and biological materials capable of producing human behavioral and physiological changes." The experiments included isolation, sleep deprivation, humiliation, alternating with long hours of interrogation.

Since the Russians and Chinese (and our own CIA) have proven they can in a relative short time alter the basic emotional and behavior patterns of captives, it is fair to assume that McCain's unpredictable and often volatile temperament is directly related to his treatment as a 5 ½ prisoner of the communists.

The American public was first exposed to Soviet "brain perversion techniques" during Korean War when the communists launched a propaganda offensive featuring filmed and recorded testimony of captured U.S. servicemen confessing to war crimes including the use of germ warfare.

By the end of the Korean War, "70 percent of the 7,190 U.S. prisoners held in China had either made confessions or signed petitions calling for an end to the American war effort in Asia. Fifteen percent collaborated fully with the Chinese, and only 5 percent steadfastly resisted."

Military officials were especially alarmed when a significant number of the U.S. prisoners refused to recant their confessions as soon as they returned to the United States.

Beginning in 1960, KGB and Chinese agents directed the Vietnamese in establishing Vietnam's original interrogation guidelines for U.S. prisoners. They suggested interrogation techniques and issued specific intelligence requirements to be extracted during prisoner interrogations.

Official American position on POW confessions was that they were false and forced while privately expressing grave concern that the collaborations proved the communists had developed techniques that could "put a man's mind into a fog."

Psychologist have identified behavior in which a former prisoner emotionally bonds with an abuser as the Stockholm Syndrome. McCain was a strong advocate for prosecuting Bosnian, Yugoslavian and Iraqi war criminals and is adamantly opposed to any form of normalized relation with Cuba until it allows "free elections, human right organizations and a free and independent media."

Yet, McCain has resisted any kind of war crimes investigation of his former Vietnamese torturers. Prosecution and subsequent trials could bring to justice the Vietnamese torturers known by the American POWs as the Bug, Slopehead, the Prick, the Soft Soap Fairy, Rabbit, the Cat, Zorba and many others who were responsible for the murder in North Vietnam of at least 55 U.S. POWs and the brutal torture of hundreds of others.

In November 1991, Tracy Usry, chief investigator of the Minority Staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, testified before the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, that the Soviets interrogated U.S. prisoners of war in Vietnam. McCain became outraged, interrupting Usry several times, arguing that "none of the returned U.S. prisoners of war released by Vietnam were ever interrogated by the Soviets."

Former KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin testified during the hearings that the KGB did interrogate U.S. POWs in Vietnam. Kalugin stated that one of the POWs worked on by the KGB was a "high-ranking naval officer," who, according to Kalugin, agreed to work with the Soviets upon his repatriation to the United States and has frequently appeared on U.S. television.

Col. Bui Tin, a former Senior Colonel in the North Vietnamese Army, testified on the same day, but after Usry, that because of his high position in the Communist Party during the war he had the authority to "read all documents and secret telegrams from the politburo" pertaining to American prisoners of war. He said that not only did the Soviets interrogate some American prisoners of war, but that they treated the Americans very badly.

McCain stunned onlookers at the hearing when he moved to the witness table and physically embraced Col. Tin as if he was a long, lost brother.

In 1949 Dr. Andrew Salter authored Conditioned Reflex Therapy, a pioneering work in the field of psychoanalysis. Ten years later, as Richard Condon was writing The Manchurian Candidate, he asked Dr. Salter to help "design" the brainwashed character for the book and subsequent movie.

More than 40 years later, in 1992, during the C-SPAN broadcasts of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, Dr. Salter watched the hearings from his New York City apartment. Salter became fascinated with McCain's overly aggressive and angry behavior toward witnesses, especially family members of men still missing in action. After a few hours he called a friend telling her, "the signs are all there, I'm afraid Senator John McCain has been brainwashed."

During the Senate Select hearings, McCain opposed all efforts by the POW/MIA families and activists to have the Select Committee expand its investigation to study how successful the Vietnamese, Soviet, Chinese and Cuban interrogation apparatuses were at exploiting American prisoners of war.

News pundants have elevated McCain to "the most popular national political figure in the country" by repeatedly describing him as a "war hero" based on his refusal accept a communist offer of "early release" from captivity.

What the media has carelessly refused to acknowledge is that the camp's senior ranking U.S. POW (SRO) had issued unquestionable orders that if a POW was to be released, "it would be the longest held prisoner" Because McCain was not the longest held POW, he would have faced a military court-marshal if he had accepted the offer.

It is incumbent upon McCain to prove to the American people that the 5 1/2 years he spent at the mercy of communist interrogators did not leave him with mental health issues that could hinder him in making snap decisions "if the White House phone rang at 3 a.m."

Is McCain taking any kind of pain or "nerve" medicines? If so, do the medicines cause emotional and physical reactions?

McCain was once treated for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is said to get worse over time for former POWs, what is the status of his treatment?

Does McCain still harbor stress triggered suicidal tendencies?

Where was McCain and what was happening to him during the months he was missing from the POW camp?

McCain implies that he made only one propaganda broadcast for the communists, but Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffers say he made over 30. How many did he make and what did he get in return?

Why does McCain still deny that the Soviets were involved in the interrogation of U.S. POWs in Vietnam?

Does McCain's former interrogators, the communist Vietnamese, Russians, Chinese and Cubans have anything in their secret intelligence files about his behavior as a prisoner with which they could blackmail a President John McCain?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I don't know if what you wrote was just a fluke but there is a connection between Mccain and porn.

any porn companies listed as donors or do they only invest in porn? nice Christian values! the evangelicals will love him even more now, they are supporting the candidate who cheated on both wives, has anger issues, attacked religeous leaders, abandoned a disabled wife and small children to run off with a drug addict who steals from the poor and they were both involved in the keating 5 scandal. Says something about evangelicals more then it says about McCain, almost....

Posted by: mike | July 15, 2008 11:03 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

any porn companies listed as donors or do they only invest in porn? nice Christian values! the evangelicals will love him even more now, they are supporting the candidate who cheated on both wives, has anger issues, attacked religeous leaders, abandoned a disabled wife and small children to run off with a drug addict who steals from the poor and they were both involved in the keating 5 scandal. Says something about evangelicals more then it says about McCain, almost....

Posted by: mike | July 15, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

The Mccain of 2000 would not vote for the Mccain of 2008

A man's past, is just that - past. McCain used to deserving of respect, but his recent actions have taken all of that away.

McCain is a coward for not standing up for what he claims to believe.

Republicans are cowards in general for replacing facts with lies when informing America.

McCain could have been a real hero, instead he is just a neocon puppet.

Posted by: | July 15, 2008 6:21 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Just saw an interview with Mccain from 2004. He sounded great. Today he seems like he has aged 10 to 15 years and sounds like he is lost much of the time. Do some googling and see what I mean. This is bad.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Hamas tops Obama's donors.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Beware of websites linked in this comments section.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

A man's past, is just that - past. McCain used to deserving of respect, but his recent actions have taken all of that away.

McCain is a coward for not standing up for what he claims to believe.

Republicans are cowards in general for replacing facts with lies when informing America.

McCain could have been a real hero, instead he is just a neocon puppet.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

presidential trivia...

do you know the first president to be born in a log cabin (hint...not lincoln)-

leave your answer in the comments section:

Posted by: tomabrahams | July 15, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I am an Obama supporter...but to intimate McCain a coward (i.e. a Republican) as some anonymous asswipe did, is unconscionable. He deserves respect for serving his country and suffering 6 years in a NVA POW camp. I doubt the cowardly anonymous asswipe could last a day.

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | July 15, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm afraid I misread the headline. I was really looking forward to seeing what McCain's campaign would regard as his top blunders. It would've been interesting to read and reminisce.

Posted by: Klippa | July 15, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

What good is an edited list? Why not release the full list.

Oh wait, sorry, forgot I'm talking about a cowardly Republican.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

This should read:

"McCain Lists Top Blunders."

...but then again, that list would be too long to fit in the intertubes.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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