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McCain's 'Florida Money Man' Finds Unlikely Donors

POSTED: 07:00 PM ET, 08/ 6/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Sen. John McCain's "Florida Money Man," former naval officer and oil-trading company owner Harry Sargeant III, has raised vast sums of money for three presidential candidates, largely from the unlikeliest of donors.

Sargeant, 50, has emerged as a major player in Florida fundraising for McCain. He has also become a conduit between McCain and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R), who was Sargeant's college fraternity brother and remains a close friend, The Post's Matthew Mosk reports today.

But interestingly, some of the most prolific givers in Sargeant's network had never given a political contribution before being contacted by Sargeant or his associates and have never voiced much interest in politics. In several instances, they have never registered to vote.

Both Sargeant and the donors were vague when asked by The Post to explain how Sargeant persuaded them to give away so much money.

"I have a lot of Arab business partners. I do a lot of business in the Middle East. I've got a lot of friends," Sargeant said yesterday. "I ask my friends to support candidates that I think are worthy of supporting. They usually come through for me."

By Derek Kravitz |  August 6, 2008; 7:00 PM ET
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hmmm... mccain is getting loads of money from mysterious middle eastern donors with business ties to the oil industry, yet we're supposed to trust him to solve our oil dependency crisis?

Posted by: dukegw | August 6, 2008 10:30 PM

the need for oil will never end until the last drop goes into my gas gusiler. If all the oil was coming up out of texas their would be a whole other point of view in this country. If I was McCain I would allow anyone to donate, especially the oil companies. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. So let us burn the oil up as fast as possible and move on to the next source of our need for speed.

Posted by: Philip J. Nigh | August 8, 2008 2:46 AM

Will McCain Dump Sargeant as Florida Campaign Finance Co-Chair?

McCain campaign is sending a letter out to all of Harry Sargeant's solicited campaign donors in an effort to squash concerns they may have been remunerated -- the same concern the campaign displayed in reporting it will "refund" $50,000 in contributions from suspect donors solicited by Abu Naba'a, Sargeant's partner.

More, much much more at my Daily Kos diary
"McCain Campaign's Fundraising Scandals Continue":

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/9/65057/16727/307/565139

Posted by: catchlightning | August 10, 2008 10:08 PM

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