UPDATE: Here’s a correction to the story below:
CORRECTION TO THIS ARTICLE
An earlier version of this story about campaign donations that Florida businessman Harry Sargeant III raised for Sen. John McCain, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton incorrectly identified three individuals as being among the donors Sargeant solicited on behalf of McCain. Those donors — Rite Aid manager Ibrahim Marabeh, and lounge owners Nadia and Shawn Abdalla — wrote checks to Giuliani and Clinton, not McCain. Also, the first name of Faisal Abdullah, a McCain donor, was misspelled in some versions of the story.
So – other than all the examples given, this is a story about McCain?
McCain is off the original very very iffy hook.
This story in the WAPO reeks if true.
Is John McCain pulling a Clinton?
The law forbids high-level supporters from writing huge checks, but with help from friends in the Middle East and the former chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit — who now serves as a consultant to his company — Sargeant has raised more than $100,000 for three presidential candidates from a collection of ordinary people, several of whom professed little interest in the outcome of the election.
I don’t even mind tons of money in an election as long as it’s disclosed.
But John McCain is the freaking author of the infamous McCain-Feingold Bill making it a crime to give your money away where you want to during an election.
Laws being “laws” where it concerns money, there now are people like Harry Sargeant III who apparently can get others who a) are not registered to vote and b) don’t give a rip about politics and c) have regular Joe jobs to contribute the most that is allowed through McCain-Feingold.
I need to go wash up. The sleaze here has come right through my keyboard. May you not know about this Mr. McCain. And now that you do, make it stop.
Or we’ll all end up voting for Paris Hilton.