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Posted at 2:36 PM ET, 07/10/2008

McCain Plans to Spend $200 Million Before GOP Convention

By Web Politics Editor

Updated 4:30 p.m.
By Matthew Mosk
The campaign of Sen. John McCain raised just over $22 million during the month of June, a slight increase over the previous month, and anticipates the senator's efforts, along with fundraising for the Republican National Committee, will enable him to spend $200 million before he accepts his party's nomination in September.

The figures come from McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, who said in a conference call this afternoon that McCain expects to spend $410 million by the time the campaign reaches Election Day -- a number that includes $84 million in federal funds for the general election.

"I thought it was newsworthy to point out that we will have significant resources to prosecute a campaign that is robust," Davis said. The campaign later released a memo, "The Myth of the Obama Financial Advantage," to drive the point home.

Davis said that between the money McCain's campaign has on hand ($26.7 million), the money the RNC has in the bank ($67 million), and money gathered by state party committees ($8 million), there is now nearly $102 million that can be spent on the campaign over the course of the summer.

He said the campaign is already spending significant amounts on television advertising and on building a field operation.

Sen. Barack Obama has not yet disclosed how much money he raised in June. He is required to submit those figures to the Federal Election Commission on July 20.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 10, 2008; 2:36 PM ET
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When Obama opted out of public financing I thought he showed good judgment. McCain is going to get his 85 mil. from Uncle Sam, plus three and a half hundred million from God knows where, but the truth is that the public financing laws are a complete scam and both of the candidates knew it. Obama was smart enough not to put his campaign at a severe disadvantage financially. I'm living on less than a thousand dollars a month and have sent $25.00 to Obama in June and plan to send something every month until the election, I figured it was a good way to spend the $300.00 stimulus check since I wasn't counting on having it anyway. America can't survive a third republican administration at this time.

Posted by: DCPhoenix | July 12, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Of course the WaPo want mention it, we all know what trouft the media trolls are feeding from.They did they same thing for W.They did all they could to talk up the war for W.Just as they are beginning to do for war with Iran.They will continue too. War is money to the fat cats.All these media trolls will do what they are told.They wouldn't have jobs in the media.They are non journalist.Walter Cronkite. Ed R Murrow and the likes must be turning in their graves, wondering what has happen to the profession.

Posted by: Carolyn | July 11, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain is so NOBLE for taking public financing in the election, thereby restricting himself to only $85 million (+ another $325 mil mystery money). Public financing of campaigns is and always has been a dirty joke.

Posted by: Seanny53 | July 11, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Beware the Republican National Committee!! That's where all the dirty work happens.

"Take the case of Sproul & Associates, an Arizona firm hired by the Republican National Committee to run stealth voter registration drives throughout the nation prior to the 2004 election. Starting in the summer, Sproul's troops haunted public areas, posing as non-partisan opinion pollsters or petitioners for liberal causes. Through such deception, the firm worked to inflate the number of registered Republicans, by any means necessary. Closely following a script, the operatives asked leading questions-a form of "push polling"-in order to identify Republican respondents, and then asked them to fill out registration forms. The teams were orderd not to register Democrats or Independents.

Nevertheless, many Democrats filled out the forms--and those forms were destroyed. One Sproul worker in Las Vegas said: "We caught [my supervisor] taking Democrats out of my pile, [and] hand[ing] them to her assistant, and he ripped them up right in front of us."

More frequently, however, Sproul's troops bamboozled thousands of Democrats and Independents into registering as Republicans, either by secretly altering the registration forms, or by misleading people into thus re-registering themselves. Such service was expensive. According to their filings with the Federal Election Commission, the Republican National Committee paid Sproul well over $8 million--the RNC's eighth-largest expenditure of the 2004 campaign.

And what did the party get for it? Aside from ripping up the registration forms of many Democrats, the company created thousands of unwitting faux-Republicans, in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Minnesota, Michigan and Oregon. Thanks to those inflated numbers, there appeared to be more registered Republicans than there were in reality--a misimpression that would seemingly explain the party's upset wins in those states where the exit polls predicted otherwise.

In Ohio, for example, countless Democratic votes were stolen through the tactics documented in the full committee's excellent report on the election there: voter "caging," thwarted registration drives, broad refusal of provisional ballots, organized disinformation and intimidation, shortages of functioning machines in Democratic districts only, and numerous "machine irregularities" undoing only Democratic votes. Those tactics were used also in those other states where the exit polls predicted a Republican defeat--and where Sproul had also helped inflate the number of grassroots Republicans.

Thus Sproul not only broke the law, but may also have assisted in a larger plan to block the vote. (There are oddities, moreover, in the RNC's filings with the FEC, with nine expenditures, totaling well over $1 million, incurred somehow in 2005, suggesting an attempt to minimize the sum spent on Sproul's services.)"

Watch RNC Money.
Watch RNC Actions.
Watch RNC Influence.

Seek street-level information on their street-level operations.

Invest in prevention and preemption.

Don't let them get away with it .... AGAIN!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

To answer some of the comments here: Both candidates are getting money from the usual sources, including large donors who are greatly involved in politics year in and year out. But Obama has far exceeded McCain in the number of individual small donors, like me.

Naturally, if you add up the money from all 1.7 million of us, it doesn't amount to as much as if we were each giving a ton. I think the average might be in the $100 range (counting all donations from a person as a single total). But if you look at the percent of Obama's donations we collectively account for, it's hardly chump change.

To point to some big Obama donors and suggest their existence means we don't exist, is not good logic. The big donors as a class are the same for each candidate. It's the small donors that make Obama different and more broadly supported.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | July 11, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Funny...I see posts about "obscene amounts of money" blah blah blah.

Obama...the CHANGE AGENT is the one who has the cash. I am sure he's only getting it from mom and pop $10 donations too. Do some research and you'll see. Lawyer groups. Union groups. Those aren't special interests though...yeah right.

Obama is kicking McCain's butt in this is a non story. But...the people always make it out like "those evil rich Republicans." Well...a survey of our Congress will show you more money on the democrat side. Why is that? Why aren't they helping their downtrodden democrats in the general public with their money?

Sure...Obama is against long as they aren't supporting him. You don't raise hundreds of millions that easily...he's tapped in. He's more of the same...despite the "change" slogan. will never leave politics. It is a freedom of speach. So, I am curious what the fuss is about???

Posted by: MakeUsProud | July 11, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The bigger issue in this article is the length of the campaign season that makes it more expensive to run a presidential campaign. Do we really need another five months of campaigning to decide between Barack Obama and John McCain?

If the candidates had their running mates in place we could have the election in mid-August or by Labor Day and be sufficiently informed about McCain and Obama to make a decision.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm damn proud of McCain, You can call him McSame, and you're damn right! He is the Same! HE's the same great kind of man that made this great country.

McCain 08

Posted by: McCain )8' Because there is no other Solution for America | July 11, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

And why does the Post fail to mention that this $200 million figure couldn't be possible without McCain having reneged on his decision to accept public financing of his primary campaign???? Having applied for public financing, he then had to apply for a loan and used his application for public financing as collateral for the loan. When it looked like McCain would get the nomination, he backed out of his request for financing -- a likely illegal FEC violation (but since the FEC has just gotten its quorum back this is unlikely to be considered until after the election). In the meantime, McCain continues to raise and spend obscene amounts of illegal funds. But you wouldn't know it from stories like this, would you?

Posted by: straight talk my a** | July 11, 2008 4:02 AM | Report abuse

McCain has the "Smart Rich Elites" who don't want theirs or yours taxes raised. Obama has the "Rich Elite Fools" who want to pay more in taxes to "Uncle Obama"

VJ Machiavelli
ps Iran-Have Missiles Will Fire, see video

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | July 11, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how much of that money was donated by his Terrorists friends?

War = Money for Republicans and Terrorists.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "here is not enough money on the planet that could get John Mccain elected."

I wish that were true, but given that we had the dunce Bush elected for 2 terms, I can't believe that. Let's just say that this is Obama's election to win or lose.

Posted by: Don | July 10, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

There is not enough money on the planet that could get John Mccain elected.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Too bad, you're a third Bush term, McCain...

Obama '08

Posted by: tennisguypitt | July 10, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't donate S**T to another incompetent want-to be leader but I might have something I could give him from my garage-it's from the olden days-you know- the 20's. This is a man who repeats his words and phrases twice-I don't know if he thinks we can't hear him or if he can't hear himself. Either way we get the message- it's Bull***t spelled out twice.

Oh-and did he ever happen to answer about his war voting record question or is he using his old age to forget about everything-I mean we are still trying to find out an answer about the Birth control question as well, yet-he acted as if the reporter was using bad language in public- (like hush-not out loud-we have adults in the audience.) Are you people blind -his voting record on women and children are to laugh about and there is one thing I hate about a man who uses his time in service as part of a political ploy to gain votes and then try to advance himself by lying about all the lead veteran groups gave him the highest honor when they did not. We honor McCain's service, but he got a D-compared to Obama's B+. Tell him to explain that-it's on his website...duh...

Posted by: shiloh | July 10, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Good for McCain. No longer will legitimate candidates be beat out by money. Our leaders should be decided by policy, not by liberal elites and money.

Obama is the classic nefarious politician. His campaign goes on the attack with money. He brought down Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and anyone who criticized him. He will brand you a racist, betrayer, etc. and intimidate you into compliance. People who donate to this campaign are donating to bully-tactics.

McCain is the right stuff. He has the personal courage to stand up to his party and public opinion to do what he knows is best for America. Obama is a crook who is pandering to the middle and saying whatever it take in his selfish grab for power.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Slick John: the imperative form of the verb "to contribute" is also "contribute." A "contribution" is a noun (remember? person, place, thing, or idea -?), so you actually cannot "contribution" anyone. You can, however, "MAKE a contribution TO" them.

Got it? Make sure you remember that for the final... I wouldn't want to have to keep you in 5th grade AGAIN.

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Posted by: m7s0wu36zy | July 10, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

. So, if you want McCain to win in November and not the silver tongued liar Obama, CONTRIBUTION TO HIS CAMPAIGN.
..I guess to be equivalent that would make McCain 'the silver-haired liar'. as he's flopped more times than Obama. my, they get such exercise and it seems to have no effect on McCain. i guess he's showing his age. oh well.

Posted by: breakspear | July 10, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama is getting huge sums from we- know-exactly-where: the American people. Small contributors like me have given millions upon millions of dollars in support of his campaign to drive from office the tired, grim Republicans who gave us deep economic recession, the insane Iraq oil war, and international disgrace.

I gave Obama 25 dollars at the end of June and I will do so again before the end of July. My money is going to a good cause: cleaning out the GOP scum in Washington.

Posted by: deedee | July 10, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Good for McCain; for the first time ever I contributed to the NRC. Obama is getting hugh sums from Hollywood, corporations, and who knows where else. So, if you want McCain to win in November and not the silver tongued liar Obama, CONTRIBUTION TO HIS CAMPAIGN.

Posted by: Slick John | July 10, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

How convenient that the WaPo, who helped beat the drum loudly for Bush's Iraq war, forgot to mention that Sen. McCain violated campaign finance laws by opting out of the federal matching fund program after already benefiting from it by using anticipated matching funds to secure a private loan. That assistance helped his campaign in the GOP primary. And that assistance is helping him now in his campaign against Sen. Obama.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 10, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

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