McCain Returns $50K in Effort to Reduce Foreign Oil Dependence
by Bob Sackamento, Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 03:37:01 AM EDT
Sen. John McCain's campaign is returning about $50,000 raised by a Florida oil executive because some of the funds were collected by a foreign national and came from donors who may not support the candidate, aides said yesterday.
John McCain himself said it best:
"We thought it was an issue that there were people giving to the campaign who had no intention of supporting or voting for John McCain," said Brian Rogers, a campaign spokesman. "So we thought it was an appropriate measure at this point."
The decision to return the money follows a report in The Washington Post that found 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.
Senator, you've been on point this entire diary. Do you have anything to add?
Sorry about the short diary, but McCain's commentary says it better than I ever could!