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Update: McCain Returns $50,000 in Contributions

POSTED: 01:01 PM ET, 08/ 8/2008 by The Editors

After a report by The Post's Matthew Mosk raised questions about one of Sen. John McCain's campaign fundraisers, the GOP presidential candidate decided to return about $50,000 brought in by a Florida oil executive. The McCain campaign acknowledged that some of the funds were collected by a foreign national and came from donors who may not support the candidate.

The Post reported Wednesday that Harry Sargeant III submitted a bundle of checks for $2,300 and $4,600 on a single day in March, all of them from donors in Southern California who had never given before this year's campaign and did not appear to be likely candidates to contribute as much as $18,400 per household.

Although the contributions were credited to Sargeant, whose company has Defense Department contracts worth as much as $1.4 billion, the checks came from Americans of seemingly modest means. Donors included the manager of Riverside-area Taco Bell restaurants, a couple who at one time ran a liquor store in Colton and a Whittier auto mechanic.

The McCain campaign also sent a letter to Sargeant donors reminding them of the federal rules for contributors.

By The Editors |  August 8, 2008; 1:01 PM ET
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Wasn't this on an episode of Law & Order this past season?

Posted by: Ryan | August 8, 2008 2:39 PM

Oh come on Mccain got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. If nothing had been said he would have kept the money. Mccain smacks of corruption. It is amazing that Republicans can't see Mccain for what he is. McCain is a wannabee who never will be

Posted by: Lucy Arnez | August 8, 2008 4:35 PM

how come the media isn't making a bigger deal out of this stuff. I mean come on... you can't believe this wrinkly white haired dude has our best interest in mind when he is being backed by the oil execs can you?!

Posted by: kolehicks | August 8, 2008 5:10 PM

Obama took more from oil execs than McCain. Look it up for yourselves.

From http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/08/both_mccain_oba.html
"a watchdog group says that it turns out that Obama has received more campaign cash from executives at some of those companies."

So, I guess based upon your "opinions", both candidates are out and we need a new one.

I for one was leaning towards Obama. But he really doesn't come across as knowing what he's talking about. He just says what needs to be said to placate whatever audience he's in front of on a particular day.

Sooo, I'm still undecided but probably won't vote Obama. Plus if there's even the slightest hint of any Clinton being in or around the white house again, I'll definitely not vote for him. I don't trust any Clinton.

Silly people.

Posted by: Mike | August 8, 2008 5:33 PM

Could you even imagine if this was Obama? 24/7 on all cable news, front page of every major newspaper and talk radio would set your radio on fire.

Posted by: Joe | August 8, 2008 5:36 PM

Mike, after reading the link you provided:

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/08/both_mccain_oba.html

the item I found most interesting (and what you coincidentally failed to mention) was the overall totals.

"And, overall, McCain's campaign has received about three times more from the oil and gas industry than Obama's has -- $1.3 million compared to about $394,000"

Posted by: Bob | August 8, 2008 5:46 PM

Did Sargeant use these people to funnel money to the campaign illegally? This is just the beginning of the story. Now we should get some follow-up on Sargeant's operation. He should be under suspicion for bribery or money-laundering (if that's what it's called in this context). Then once he is in the trap, you find out whether this was part of a larger scheme.

Posted by: jchaney | August 8, 2008 5:47 PM

It is Obama. See the last post I put up. Sooo, where's the media blitz you referred to?

And, where's the cash he got?

Sheesh!

I'd rather have a "wrinkly white haired dude"
who's actually tried than a newbie who's apparently all talk.

I LIKE some of the things Obama says. But he doesn't have a clue what he'd be up against. Look at Jimmy Carter. Way ahead of his time as far as trying to wean us off foreign oil over 30 years ago, but couldn't get it done! Not that it was his fault.

You REALLY want to get something done in D.C.? Fire ( as in vote out ) a bunch of the do nothings, like socialists. We fought socialism for decades ( remember the USSR )and now a lot of silly people want to bring it to the USA. Great.

Let US, the people put the term limits for congress and senate on the ballot. It'll send a message. No Senator or Congressman/woman should be able to serve longer than a president. Period.

Look at history. Our forefathers would go to serve while someone cared for their farm or business, and left after a few years. Not anymore. We have people down in D.C. who've been there longer than a lot of the people who'll be voting in November have been alive. That's a big problem, people.

YOU have the power. But THEY don't want you to think that way.

Dem or Republican - wake up.

Watch CSPAN- If it's a dem proposed issue, the columns on the votes are skewed towards the dem proposition. Ditto a republican proposal/vote.

WE have to change this as soon as possible.

WE didn't create the problems. But, we can try to change D.C. and solve the problems.

Look at current news broadcasts- " Oil prices dropped because demand has dropped".
HUH? It dropped because people can't afford it.

Is anybody out there?

Dem or Repub- not all dems are good. Not all Repubs are good. I for one vote the issues and not the party. It's easy.

Posted by: Mike | August 8, 2008 5:51 PM

Hi, Bob:

Yeah- I found the one statement conflicting with the one further down mentioning the actual numbers confusing, too.

I mean, they state Obama got more, then the totals conflict with that. Go figure ( no pun intended ).

Welp- Let's dig up George Washington and vote for him. What else can we do?

I say the whole of DC is on the take and we should all invest in stock in a pitch fork company.

Heh-heh!

How about this... We're in trouble as a country. Can anyone refute that?

:)

Posted by: Mike | August 8, 2008 5:58 PM

Those who have never been in the military just can't understand why John McCain deserves our vote and Obama doesn't.

If one decides to serve his country as McCain did, and then ends up serving years in a gruesome POW camp then he has earned our support. Obama could have joined the military and served his country but he chose to study then enter politics instead. He just doesn't have the maturity and experience to deal with a crises or to direct the military in dealing with a national emergency.

I think the choice is clear.

Posted by: OldVet | August 8, 2008 6:55 PM

So, OldVet -- the implication is that only those who have served in the military deserve to lead the country? And only those who have served in the military are qualified to choose? And that service to one's country as a community organizer, teacher, and legislator isn't worthy of respect?

It sounds like you are advocating a system that in other countries we call a military dictatorship.

I believe that McCain is a genuine war hero who has done great service to his country. However, I also believe that military service, even heroic service, does not automatically qualify one for the highest office.

Would you have disqualified Abraham Lincoln from serving as president because of his lack of prior military experience? He was a lawyer and legislator, and successfully lead this country through one of its greatest political and military challenges.

Posted by: Dr. H.C. | August 8, 2008 7:19 PM

McCain is one of the only "heroes" I've known who cites his own heroism so frequently. Most of those who have been branded heroes are reluctant to talk about their heroism, and often try to explain it as the kind of behavior that anyone would do in their circumstance.
I regard his service as a naval fighter pilot flying combat missions from a carrier as heroic.
I regard his behavior in trying to protect a key figure in the S&L scandal as pathetic and even criminal.
The Republicans have shown us in eight years what they really care about. They have given us S&L 2.0 with the mortgage meltdown. The devastation they have inflicted on the economy can be measured in the trillions, and yet the race for the presidency is still close. Go figure. A lot of people seem concerned about what a black man might do as president, but not at all concerned about what the two white draft dodgers running the show have done. SAD!

Posted by: tmac1945 | August 8, 2008 9:30 PM

Mike, many people have made similar warnings about impending socialism in the U.S. and I'd like to comment on that, so don't take this as a personal attack.

As I learned it, socialism is an economic philosophy, as is capitalism; it's even possible to have socialism within a democracy. What we were actually fighting in the Cold War was a totalitarian regime that, like others before it, simply wanted to rule the world so they could do and take whatever they want; it was a struggle between freedom and oppression. While they (unlike others before them) happened to be socialists, getting all worked up about socialism in the way you suggest is misguided: socialism is just an approach to economics - not some murderous government trying to wipe us out.

I believe capitalism is far and away the best, but socialism does have its place in our economy: the cost of some critical services (e.g. Schools, Fire Departments, Welfare) are socialized because they help everybody - directly or indirectly.

Posted by: Eric | August 8, 2008 9:44 PM

Sorry Mike the real numbers are 1.2 million for McCain and $400,000 for Obama from oil people. What we need is a graduated windfall profit tax based on price with an $80 benchmark before hitting. Make all domestic production exempt and 30% become 50% for domestic production piece of the pie. The 68 million undeveloped acres would come into production quite quickly. McCain made fun of Paris, but she had a better offshore drilling plan than his.

Posted by: Jimbo | August 9, 2008 12:47 PM

Yes that horrible socialized medicine they practice in Canada. Why is Detroit no longer the car making capital of North American is because Ontario now outproduces them. Why did production move to Canada, can you say $900 per person in additional taxes more than offsets the $7000 a year for union medical coverage. We have free enterprise, unless you are a drug company, then you can overcharge. You developed the new drug with government grant money, don't worry no royalties on that patent. Vote Republicon if you want more of the same.

Posted by: Jimbo | August 9, 2008 12:53 PM

Good old John McCain, "friend of the veteran"

What a crock of bs. Just check his voting record for the past 5 years. I'm a 64yr old vet who has no use for him.
You can not trust John McCain, he's just another old school, self-serving politician

Posted by: stbdtac | August 9, 2008 11:29 PM

1. Mc Cain would have kept the money if no one said anything.

2. There is no training for the presidency. If military experience is necessary then explain the current office holder at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. performance? Or is the national guard (if he really was there) not the millitary.

3. It is a fact... Pure Capltalism, Socialism, communism, etc is evil. We need to get past the greed that has put us in this place we are in. A vote republican is a vote for greed. Take a close look at our roads... Crap! Look at our airports... Fully subistized for the rich... Us poor SOB's get the pot holes...

So... A vote for Mc Cain is a vote for the staus quo... And I don't think our treasury will take it, Nor can the people with less than $200k income can support the rich deadbeats....

Think long and hard... America hasn't been great since the 50's....

Posted by: Robert C. Rogers | August 10, 2008 12:16 PM

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