McCain's 'Florida Money Man' Finds Unlikely Donors
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."
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