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Liberals Ask Justice to Probe McCain Bundler

By Matthew Mosk
MoveOn.Org and an arm of the independent political group Public Campaign Action Fund want the U.S. Justice Department to investigate whether bundlers for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign are using "straw" donations.

The left-leaning online advocacy group, which has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, is planning a petition drive to put pressure on the Justice Department to look into media accounts of two separate incidents involving McCain donors who, despite appearing to be of modest means, wrote large checks to his campaign and to the Republican National Committee.

"The Justice Department must thoroughly investigate John McCain and the Republican National Committee's pattern of potentially illegal donations," the says the email that MoveOn.org is sending supporters.

The McCain campaign yesterday returned nearly $50,000 raised by Florida businessman Harry Sargeant III after questions arose about the money he and his colleagues collected from Southern California donors who had no history of political giving, had not registered to vote, and held jobs that seemed inconsistent with such large political gifts. A second instance involved a Hess oil company office manager who with her husband, an Amtrak track foreman, have given more than $60,000 to McCain and the RNC this year. She has said she and her husband used their own money for the contributions.

McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers said McCain aides decided to return the money out of an abundance of caution. The campaign also sent letters to all of those donors solicited by Sargeant and his colleagues to make sure they were aware of campaign laws, and offering them the chance to have their donation refunded. Sargeant, who runs a Boca Raton, Fla., oil services firm with large defense contracts, will continue in his role as a bundler for McCain, Rogers said.

David Donnelly of the group Campaign Money Watch said he thought the McCain campaign's decision to return some of the money raised by Sargeant and his colleagues was "a good first step."

"But the McCain campaign is not doing enough to find any illegal actions by their bundlers," Donnelly said. "If there was a knowing and willing effort by bundlers for their campaign to evade contribution limits by using straw donors than those bundlers have acted in violation of campaign finance law. In the end, just giving back the donations protects their bundlers from any kind of legal investigation."

By Post Editor  |  August 8, 2008; 3:57 PM ET
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Comments

Did John McSame have a mini-stroke or something? I don't think he could even remember his name anymore if he didn't have one of his little Roveboater campaign flunkies around to remind him every day:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd0Kb2SnD_Q&feature=related

Posted by: Zappo Dave | August 9, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Jabber - seriously ... what are you talking about.

Posted by: Rmsteer | August 9, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I think the Justice Dept. should look into Obama's "bundlers" and donors also.

Just this week Obama received thousands of dollars from foreigners in Gaza. I also understand that when people donate online at the Obama website, the information required does not include SSN# or whether their foreigners (which is illegal).

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Let the chips fall where they may.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:53 AM | Report abuse

I think the Justice Dept. should look into Obama's "bundlers" and donors also.

Just this week Obama received thousands of dollars from foreigners in Gaza. I also understand that when people donate online at the Obama website, the information required does not include SSN# or whether their foreigners (which is illegal).

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Let the chips fall where they may.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 9, 2008 2:53 AM | Report abuse

John McCain's only personal asset as a
candidate for president seems to be his
record as a war hero.

If that's true then why he is intensely disliked,
and distrusted, by so many Vietnam veterans including
fellow POWs?

This story is an example of how the news media
in the US can keep an explosive story under wraps
in order to make a candidate viable who is little
more than a joke, and a bad one at that.

The story they're not telling:

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/390.html

Posted by: The Truth | August 8, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

WOW, THEY WANT TO INVESTIGATE MCCAIN, BUT OBAMA NEVER GOT INVESTIGATED FOR REZKO . AUHCHI AND AYERS AND NOW THE COMMUNIST HE IS GETTING MONEY FROM! AND WHY DID HE TAKE OFF FOR HAWAII, IS HE AFRAID SOMEONE WILL INVESTIGATE HIS BIRTHCERTIFICATE? OR IS IT HIS EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR HE IS WORRIED ABOUT! Edwards got caught obama is next!!! just want to se grammahugh?

Posted by: JABBER | August 8, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty obvious what's going on here. McSame's big money bundler (Harry Sargeant III) is giving cash to regular Joe and Jane Sixpacks so that they in return will take most of that money and donate it to McSame's campaign, in legal terms this is called:
M O N E Y L A U N D E R I N G

Not only that, I wonder what the average flag waving, yellow "support the troops" bumper sticker on the gas guzzling SUV Repuglican voter would think of McSame getting campaign donation help from some high roller (Harry Sargeant III) who has big dollar connections to wealthy Arabs from the middle east? Don't the Wingers hate all Arabs in general among other things and people?

Posted by: astral99 | August 8, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

....Maverick????

...I thought a Maverick was a crappy car Ford made in the 60's 70's....

..I guess you really could call McCaint a Maverick....they both are old and bad on GAS!!!

Posted by: AlexP1 | August 8, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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