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Fire Sale on All McCain-Palin Campaign Equipment

Run, don't walk, to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va., for an amazing Blowout Sale! Computers, blackberries, televisions, desks, you name it - everything must go. Hurry while the offer lasts!

That's right, the failed McCain-Palin campaign is having a fire sale this week on leftover equipment. Everything is on sale at reduced prices. An email sent over the weekend to all campaign staff, which was subsequently forwarded to the Sleuth, reads:

"Starting Monday December 8, 2008 the prices will be slashed to 36% of the original price for furniture, office supplies, blackberries, and many campaign computers. This is a great opportunity to own a piece of history, finish your Christmas shopping, or simply replace your old laptop."

Don't have any cash on you? No worries. An attached price sheet says, "We accept cash, checks, and credit cards."

Among the hot deals listed for sale on the price sheet:

- A Dell Latitude D620 laptop for $417.00.
- A Dell Latitude D820 laptop for $570.00.
- Brother multifunction printer for $189.00.
- RIM Blackberry 8700c for $30.00.
- Folding chairs for $3.60 each.
- A 55-cup steel coffee urn for $77.00.
- A power strip for $1.
- Ethernet cables for $1 a pound.

There's plenty of other stuff, too, including flatscreen TVs, black microfiber sofa, lamps, end tables and a mission coffee table from Target (at the blue light special rate of $60).

Reached by phone, McCain campaign staffer Andrew Freeman, who sent the fire sale email to other campaign staff, told the Sleuth the yard sale is not limited to campaign employees.

"Come on over and we'll sell you a computer," he said.

After he told someone hovering in the background at campaign headquarters with whom he was speaking on the phone, he came back on the line and said he couldn't give us any more information. "The sale will be over soon," he said. (Darn, just as we were about to talk him down to $80 on that HDTV.)

Bad news for fashionistas hoping to buy a keepsake from Sarah Palin's infamous $180,000 extreme makeover paid for by the Republican National Committee: There's none of that for sale at McCain-Palin headquarters.

You'll just have to wait for the RNC fire sale for those historical goodies.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 10, 2008; 2:30 PM ET
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Nice snarky ridicule there Mary.... So would you be happy if the "failed" campaign threw everything in the Potomac?

Posted by: jackfish | December 10, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

He should of donated that stuff to some poor school or the salvation army.

Posted by: ken3 | December 10, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I always thought the "Blue Light Specials" were at K-Mart? Now Target stole the slogan? What gives sleuth?

Posted by: beardog321 | December 10, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Keep it up, sleuth. Someday you might just unearth something the least bit interesting.

Posted by: bclark3 | December 11, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Let's criticize the Republicans for what they are doing with the left over campaign equipment. Never mind the fact that the Obama campaign has $30 million extra that they could also legally give out to charity and such. He can go ahead and use it for the biggest inaugural party. That's not ridiculous.

Posted by: mustapha_mond | December 11, 2008 5:45 AM | Report abuse

Where? and how... BB sounds good...

Posted by: Munki | December 11, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Also, too, a complete set of like-new "Ethics in Politics" books.

Posted by: ericmiami42 | December 11, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The Obama Campaign in Loudoun County Virginia donated all the leftover equipment and supplies to charity. Perhaps this is just one more object lesson for the Republicans.

Posted by: markthorpe | December 11, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Our local Obama campaign office donated to local charity. I know because I took stuff there. Republicans really don't care about anything except money and the illusion of caring.

Posted by: northsongs | December 11, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

The question is: Is the McCain campaign savvy enough to replace the drives in those computers?

Posted by: merrill1 | December 11, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Great picture in HuffPost! I mean, McCain pointing his finger at Palin's head under the headline: Fire Sale on All McCain-Palin Campaign Equipment.
And that's all Palin turned out to be: Equipment meant to secure the vote of the ignorant, racist, bigoted faction of the electorate. And they succeeded in that respect; they got the South and pockets of ignoramuses throughout the rest of the country. Fortunately for us, their expectations were not met so we won't have Sarah to kick around any more.
I guess now we're just going to have to settle for the likes of Romney, The Huckster, Newt, Lush Rimbaugh, O'Riled Up, Ham-Handedy, Coulter-than-a-witche's-tit and the rest of that motley crew.

Posted by: hyjanks | December 11, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to have one of those computers just so I could run an undelete program on it. (BTW, campaigns can't donate to charity.)

Posted by: fox_qajgev | December 11, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The interesting thing to me is that the McCain campaign bought so much expensive "stuff". The Bethesda Obama office where I worked had a bunch of very old computers, monitors and what looked like donated furniture. I sat on dining room chairs while phone banking. Early on they let it be known they would accept any donations of computers, prepaid cell phones, phone cards, furniture, etc. I doubt there was anything in the place that could be sold after the campaign was over.

Posted by: OldSalt2 | December 11, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

"So would you be happy if the "failed" campaign threw everything in the Potomac?"

No. I'd only be happy if the Republicans responsible for driving our great nation and the entire planet into crisis after crisis in order to enrich their little circle of cronies jumped in the Potomac. Many of them worked on McCain's campaign, but some operate as independent corporate tools.

And the Democrats who did the Republicans' bidding and provided immunity for their criminality can join them there. That means you, Speaker Pelosi, and you, Senator Reid. Have a nice swim. I could go on naming names, but maybe better to cite those who have a backbone: that list is much shorter.

Posted by: dgblues | December 11, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

$400-$500 for a busted up thrown around laptop? Ha Ha Ha!

Posted by: dArKeR1 | December 11, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

What's the phone number?

Posted by: AdventurerVA | December 11, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama gave his campaign workers fist crack at the equipment and then donated what was left to schools/charity. As taxpayers bought the stuff, seems like that's what the McCain campaign ought to be doing.

Posted by: cwatson1 | December 11, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Sure can tell who the sore losers are. You will be losers for a long time as America starts to really feel the effects of "POLICIES AND CORRUPTION OF THE BUSH ADM." What is starting to happen now will continue until we can rid our country of his rotten policies.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | December 11, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: pikua | December 11, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

That what seems to be an Obama $30,000,000.00 surplus may have come from the bidding war for the vacated seat in the Senate. I believe that Obama is involved in that or may I say another Chicago scandal and when Blagojevich gets his ass on the hot seat he will be naming all the right names. So, if Blagojevich all of a sudden comes up dead or should he all of a sudden swallows his own Tongue and can't speak but that won't work either because he can still write. I absolutely no respect of Obama and think he is as dirty as a century is long.

Posted by: mwolfen624 | December 11, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCain could trade all this stuff for that slot in the Senate that Obama's friend is selling for him....

Posted by: ErictheRicer | December 12, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Wonder how much kiddie porn and other sick crap is on those GOP puters.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 12, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

what is the address - can it be made public or only the reporters have the access to the sale?

Posted by: krakesh | December 12, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Good thoughts, SWAMPYPD. But keep in mind that this crap began long before "W" came around. Why when he was still a young, wild-man-party-boy-hard-drinking fool we had a great patriot by the name of Reagan to blame for setting it all in motion, with a major assist from Poppy Bush. "W" was merely chosen to keep the charade moving ahead...

Posted by: mrichardson2 | December 12, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

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