Those whose arguments are empty of fact are usually full of shit. --David Porter
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Sunday, October 05, 2008

What is McCain Hding in His Campaign Finances and Contributions?


Unlike the Republicans, the facts do not lie.

Where is the much vaunted transparency of the McCain campaign? McCain has fully disclosed only 86.8% of his campaign contributions, whereas Obama has filed with the Fed Elect Comm full disclosure for 92.4% of his contributions? 86.8% vs. 92.4%. The facts don not lie. Who has been more forthcoming and transparent with their campaign? Obama has been over 5% more honest about his campaign money. What is McCain hiding? Campaign finance tranparency once was a priority for McCain, but I guess that was before he wanted to be president. McCain's flip flop on camapign finance disclosure and ethics reveals to us the real McCain, and he is no maverick.

McCain
Full Disclosure $149,978,607 (86.8%)
Incomplete $5,347,819 (3.1%)
No Disclosure $17,504,399 (10.1%)

Individual contributions $184,758,250 80%
PAC contributions $1,346,385 1%
Candidate self-financing $0 0%
Federal Funds $0 0%
Other $43,935,187 19%


Obama
Full Disclosure $241,496,372 (92.4%)
Incomplete $5,645,434 (2.2%)
No Disclosure $14,294,243 (5.5%)

Individual contributions $426,902,991 94%
PAC contributions $450 0%
Candidate self-financing $0 0%
Federal Funds $0 0%
Other $27,152,882 6%

NOTE: Figures are for the 2008 election cycle. Summary and Fundraising by Quarter numbers are based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on September 20, 2008. All other figures are based on data released electronically on Monday, September 29, 2008.

UPDATE OCTOBER 21:
McCain camp solicits Russian envoy for donation

No later than the newest attack on Sen. Obama for accepting contributions from possible foreign nationals, the McCain campaign, it appears, has hit up the Russian mission to the United Nations for a cash injection.

According to Russian news outlet RIA-Novosoti:
Russia's permanent mission to the UN has received a letter from U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain asking for financial support of his election campaign, the mission said in a statement on Monday.

"We have received a letter from Senator John McCain with a request for a financial donation to his presidential election campaign. In this respect we have to reiterate that neither Russia's permanent mission to the UN nor the Russian government or its officials finance political activities in foreign countries," the statement said.

According to Ruslan Bakhtin, press secretary of the Russian mission, the letter dated September 29 and signed by McCain, was addressed to Vitaly Churkin, Russia's envoy to the UN, and arrived on October 16.

The ambassador's title was not included in the letter, and was not clear why the letter had taken over two weeks to arrive.

Enclosed was a request for a donation of up to $5,000 to McCain's election campaign to be returned with a check or permission to withdraw the money from the donor's credit card until October 24.

Individual donations to candidates' election campaigns are capped by law at $2,300, and it is illegal to accept donations from foreign nationals.

"Bakhtin confirmed the story to Politico, and wouldn't comment on the added oddity of the error coming from the anti-Russian McCain," reports Ben Smith. "'We just find it amusing,' he said."

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