Good news: Likely GOP nominee ends year with $4.5 million in campaign debt

posted at 12:01 pm on January 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

Another confidence builder. Granted, the wheezing spendthrift McCain campaign of 2007 isn’t the leaner juggernaut of 2008, but you read that story in the context of this one. Even having won three close primaries, with momentum at full throttle, he’s probably going to finish the month somewhere in the neighborhood of $12-15 million. Sound good? Here’s what Drudge is teasing right now:

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Note the number of new donors; the AP article linked above says McCain’s total base of contributors is 110,000. Which brings us to Geraghty, posing an obvious question that I neglected to include in my preview of Maverick’s chances in the general yesterday. Plenty of conservatives who say now that they won’t vote for him will end up doing so in the end. But will they donate to him? Nope. Plenty of rank and file Republicans will just to try to beat the Democrats, but there’s going to be a shortfall from the McCain-haters. And depending upon who his opponent is, that shortfall could be big. Behold:

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Obama pulls about 8% each from McCain and from the “stay home” contingent that Hillary doesn’t. Those numbers won’t hold after a long summer campaign but they’re an awful place to start from.

Incidentally, Mitt won’t say (yet) how much he’s donated to his campaign so he may be running in the red too if you control for his checkbook.


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I’m sure Romney has spent much more on his campaign than McCain. McCain was in debt. This month getting 12 million is a much bigger boon than the 32 million for Obama. Coming out of debt is tough, the 12 million this month that McCain got while getting skewered by the conservative talk shows will go a long way to helping McCain’s books.

12 million in one month is pretty good any way you look at it.

ThackerAgency on January 31, 2008 at 12:05 PM

the obvious answer is to tap Paul as VP and get his campaign money. /sarc

jp on January 31, 2008 at 12:10 PM

Plenty of conservatives who say now that they won’t vote for him will end up doing so in the end. But will they donate to him? Nope.

The situation is even worse. If he’s the nominee, he’s going to be hobbled by the fact that a lot of us genuinely don’t like him, and aren’t going to be all that invested in his candidacy. That means minimal cash, a lack of volunteers and a definite lack of passion in defending him against the DNC.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 12:10 PM

Good point, a “stay home” now who reluctantly votes for McCain in the end is certainly not going to contribute anything.

infidel2 on January 31, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Incidentally, Mitt won’t say (yet) how much he’s donated to his campaign so he may be running in the red too if you control for his checkbook.

Yeah, about a cool $30mil.

Vizzini on January 31, 2008 at 12:13 PM

and obama raised 32 million in January alone…

zane on January 31, 2008 at 12:14 PM

I think Hillary-hatred is much stronger than McCain-hatred, and if the Dems commit political suicide and nominate her, Mac should be fine. But if Obama is the Democratic nominee, he’s in big trouble.

I know it’s an unscientific internet poll, but…over 1/5 of Hot Air readers going for Obama? That says quite a lot.

Damian P. on January 31, 2008 at 12:14 PM

I am hoping that at CPAC McAmnesty gets a well deserved drubbing. I am so sick of his smug condescension.

Maybe he will get a lesson in economics, too.

CrimsonFisted on January 31, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Will McCain start caressing the latches of the public coffers?

captivated_dem on January 31, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Given how many Republicans were in the race, and how just about all of them dumped on Romney I would not be surprised to see that his donations were low. He spends his OWN money and somehow this is bad? Anyone that makes an issue of that is jealous that he has the means to do it.

If Huck would stop trying to be a spoiler for McCain (he knows he has no shot but wants to be VP) and this was a two person race I would bet that donation to Romney would sky rocket.

Voidseeker on January 31, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Good news: Likely GOP nominee ends year with $4.5 million in campaign debt

This is probably gone already.

bnelson44 on January 31, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Getting 12 million is NEVER a bigger boon than getting 32 million. I appreciate your effort to spin the results though.

JDH on January 31, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Peter King of New York will be endorsing Mac after the Scwarzenegger endorsement. Game over Romney.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:19 PM

I won’t stay home…that’s silly considering there are other races to vote on…but I just won’t vote for McCain. I’ll write in a candidate after I vote for Liddy Dole! :-)

SouthernGent on January 31, 2008 at 12:19 PM

A 4.5 million dollar debt with victories over a spoiled rotten prep schooler who spent 70 million. Not bad Mac.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:21 PM

In either case, campaign funding would be a serious problem for McCain that Romney wouldn’t suffer from. It would be heck of a note to nominate someone and then have him run out of campaign funds the first week of October.

There is of cost in the GOP when you slap around conservatives for so long; they tend to keep their checkbooks closed and they- not the moderates- have always been the dedicated party funders. The moderates are busy writing checks in the other party, since they tend to blow with the prevailing wind.

michaelo on January 31, 2008 at 12:22 PM

That’s alot of “Change”.

ronsfi on January 31, 2008 at 12:23 PM

This pretty much sums McCain up

Voidseeker on January 31, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Peter King of New York will be endorsing Mac after the Scwarzenegger endorsement. Game over Romney.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:19 PM

I, for one, have NEVER changed or decided to vote for someone, based on an endorsement by anyone.

kcd on January 31, 2008 at 12:24 PM

The obvious answer is that the McCainiacs will tell us to fall in line and send our donations, and warn us of a city going up in a nuclear fireball if we don’t. They kind of remind me of the democrats who ran ads in 1996 to the effect of “every time you vote republican, another black church goes up in flames”.

A 4.5 million dollar debt with victories over a spoiled rotten prep schooler who spent 70 million. Not bad Mac.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Nice class warfare there. You’ve learned well from your master.

thirteen28 on January 31, 2008 at 12:25 PM

There are a lot of sheep in the world.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Which prep school did you go to, Andover?

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:26 PM

This pretty much sums McCain up

Voidseeker on January 31, 2008 at 12:24 PM

That is a great cartoon, and it sums it up perfectly – the Republican party is morphing back into the “me too” party it was prior to Reagan – which, was a minority party as well.

thirteen28 on January 31, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Poor Senator McCain. Maybe he needs to come up with some Campaign Finance reforms to make it so non-millionaires can raise some campaign cash.

RushBaby on January 31, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Which prep school did you go to, Andover?

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Didn’t go to prep school. Don’t play class warfare either, Karl.

thirteen28 on January 31, 2008 at 12:27 PM

LOL @ this one of McCain as well.

Voidseeker on January 31, 2008 at 12:27 PM

HH brought this up last week.

Even fans of McCain have to admit his candidacy is built on the prayer of converting conservatives and then a second prayer of getting them to open their wallets. Because of the deep disagreements of the past, they won’t be converting, and even if they resign themselves to his nomination should it happen, they won’t be contributing.

INC on January 31, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Vietnamese-American Leaders Endorse John McCain For President–bnelson44 on January 31, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Thanks for that link proving a point in another thread. The only folks who would take offense at McCain’s hatred for his Viet Cong torturous captors would be Viet Cong sympathizers, not the average or high profile Vietnamese Americans or any other red blooded American.

maverick muse on January 31, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Please insult us more, Oh Chosen One. I haven’t had my beating for the day.

Kai on January 31, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Getting 12 million is NEVER a bigger boon than getting 32 million. I appreciate your effort to spin the results though.

JDH on January 31, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Well since I’m the resident jerk, I’ll play the part in this post. If you are 4.5 million in debt to the banks, you likely won’t be allowed to borrow any more money.

If you pay off that 4.5 million and have an additional 7 million left, your credit probably just went a lot higher than the person who had no debt and just got 32 million dollars.

So percentage wise (of total available resources) McCain’s 12 million would be a bigger boon than Obama’s additional 32 million.

I’m not a McCain supporter, but it’s amazing that these same people were salivating over Ron Paul’s 20 million dollar QUARTER and to them, now 12 million in a month is chump change.

OK, fine. . . I’m wrong.

ThackerAgency on January 31, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Hotair is still running a Rasmuessen poll that has Mac only up four. Problem is that it still has numbers for Giuliani(14 pct.) LOL It’s over baby.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Hotair is still running a Rasmuessen poll that has Mac only up four. Problem is that it still has numbers for Giuliani(14 pct.) LOL It’s over baby.

I think they get that, thus the headline that begins “Likely GOP nominee…” right above your comment a bit.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Yeah, but won’t McCain make up for his lack of financial support with his “straight talk” and fawning coverage by the MSM that has made him the “maverick” his is today?
Pfffffffftttt
Gawd this is going to be ugly.

Sugar Land on January 31, 2008 at 12:31 PM

I’d like to see how many new donors Mitt got after Florida and last nights debate.

ctmom on January 31, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Bnelson, Chosen; looks like you guys need to start ponying up.

michaelo on January 31, 2008 at 12:33 PM

I’d like to see how many new donors Mitt got after Florida and last nights debate.

ctmom on January 31, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Like he cares about “donors”.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Romney received another donation from this conservative today. After he decided to go “all in” with his recent add buy I decided I could pony up. I think it says a lot about a candidate willing to put up a hard earned fortune to serve his country. It tells me he is willing to take a risk on something he believes in. What is McCain risking?

JDH on January 31, 2008 at 12:34 PM

He’s taking the money out of politics, baby.

MayBee on January 31, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Please insult us more, Oh Chosen One. I haven’t had my beating for the day.

Kai on January 31, 2008 at 12:29 PM

I like to take my time.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:35 PM

No wonder he’s in favor of bailouts for bad financial decisions.

Mark Jaquith on January 31, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Gawd this is going to be ugly.

Sugar Land on January 31, 2008 at 12:31 PM

It will not be ugly, no worries. If McCain locks up the nomination the press will do a 180 and destroy him. He will be DOA come Nov. & nothing will change that. He could have 1 billion or $0.00 and it will be the same. He is fatally flawed and everyone in the game knows it.

But then again I do not think of McCain getting destroyed as ugly. Maybe you view it differently. If so, yeah, it is going to be REAL ugly.

Voidseeker on January 31, 2008 at 12:36 PM

I like to take my time.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:35 PM

This includes giving up your denial of reality.

McCain has zero shot at the White House.

Voidseeker on January 31, 2008 at 12:37 PM

The fawning over McCain stops immediately after he locks up the nomination. Hasn’t anybody else figured out that the MSM sees McCain as the easier one for them to help beat? The polls today mean nothing; they’ll tear him apart (politely, of course) because the MSM really is working to elect the Democrat.

If that isn’t obvious to you by now, you really don’t understand the MSM.

michaelo on January 31, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Mitt is our last hope for a strong economy and a truly selfless, caring person to lead our country into a new era of peace, prosperity and unity.

All you undecideds, do this: Watch Ronald Raegan’s farewell address, THEN decide whether to vote Tuesday for Romney or McCain. Choose wisely.

The Gipper’s farewell:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIouq2u9kUo

Donate to Romney (even $5 if that’s all you can do, just to show your support!)
https://www.mittromney.com/contribution/form:sc=INT051

JustTruth101 on January 31, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Those 170,000 must be won-over indes and from Hllary’s camp (but how many?) – young people don’t have any money and wouldn’t give it if they did and it’s much too soon for the Edwards folks to have started donating en masse like that.

PS Got a source on that Peter King thing? I can’t imagine why Peter King would endorse King Amnesty after he spent all that time and effort going out against him.

amkun on January 31, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Lets destroy him now….dont let the cancer grow.

Roger Waters on January 31, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Hopefully Mac’s first item of business will be to close the 527 loophole in McCain-Feingold. Then hopefully all of our voices will be equal in the eyes of the law.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:41 PM

He said he doesn’t know about economics, and numbers and all that junk like that and stuff. I believed him, he didn’t have to prove it.

Geronimo on January 31, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Void, what’s going to be ugly is what our troops in the field will face if either Democrat gets elected. Not to mention the Iraqis and Afghanis themselves.

michaelo on January 31, 2008 at 12:42 PM

The AP reports that McCain ended 2007 with a $4.5 million debt. He raised just $6.5 million in the last quarter, with $3 million cash on hand. The good news is that McCain has raised $7 million since then. It pays to win.

bnelson44 on January 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Vietnamese-American Leaders Endorse John McCain For President

bnelson44 on January 31, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Well, now that Vietnamese-American leaders have endorsed McCain, I’m sure the conservative base will come running with support and money.

amerpundit on January 31, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Epic. Truly epic disaster in November. Enjoy the ride ya’ll!

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 12:50 PM

McCain has yet to tap into his about face FOR conservatives and the official platform negotiations have yet to occur.

I can see a positive sales pitch that McCain can make. He has proven his ability (avoid “tendancy”) to successfully legislate BIPARTISAN coalitions. Any legislation that passes into law must have bipartisan votes and support. Here’s his new spin point. McCain can promise to use his presidency to strictly promote conservative agendas, having earned favors yet to be matched by liberals across the Senate board. He can argue with the liberals that they have been given every opportunity to date to solve matters; now it is time for the liberals to provide their bipartisan support for the conservative agenda that WINS THE ELECTION. It is the mandate from the people that Congress must abide.

Whoever gets the nomination, the selection of running mate will be the determining factor in getting the turn out to win.

Huckabeen dooms failure. Having spent his entire campaign fabricating absolute lies about his competitors, his campaign bears no respect for or from the general GOP.

The public perception of both McCain and Romney suffers a lack of trust due to those candidates’ manipulative deceits in garnering support by any means necessary to win.

So it is metal on metal. The only GOP conservative who can unite the party and secure national victory next November AND influence the POTUS to be true to his conservative constituents while also influencing Congress remains Fred Thompson.

maverick muse on January 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Now that Nancy Reagan has given Mac her support, doesn’t that trump Rush, Hannity, McShamnesty, being really old, and the rest of the baggage with Mav? It’s like gettin’ communion from the pope.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:41 PM

That’s government for you. Create a law the restricts our rights. Private citizens find a way around it. Governments needs to make more laws to restrict even more rights. That just kicks ass, man.

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM

bnelson44 on January 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM

So a source is telling Drudge that, but we won’t actually find out if it’s true because she won’t endorse anyone publicly.

amerpundit on January 31, 2008 at 12:52 PM

I bet if RONALD REAGAN were alive, he would endorse Mac.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Gallup:

McCain 32, Romney 21, Huckabee 18.

bnelson44 on January 31, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Puts pinky finger next to mouth…

One million dollars!

I thought Sen McCain voted against the likes of the Bush Tax cuts because of the spending problem but he feels the need to overspend for his campaign?

He makes me laugh. “Maverick”. What a crock.

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 12:53 PM

That’s government for you. Create a law the restricts our rights. Private citizens find a way around it. Governments needs to make more laws to restrict even more rights. That just kicks ass, man.

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM

That’s bull and you know it. One vote one voice. No one is restricting anything except big business influence in Washington. Nice try though.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Did Romney Spend $23 Million of His Own Cash Last Cycle?

This is interesting. We had known before this quarter that Romney had spent about $17 million of his own fortune on this campaign – he had a pretty darn impressive fundraising haul earlier in the cycle — and the AP now says:

Romney’s advisers had given him several options, ranging from $1 million in ads to $7 million in ads for an expensive multistate effort. It was not immediately clear how much money Romney was willing to spend – or whether the multimillionaire would dip into his own bank account again. He already has poured at least $40 million into his presidential campaign.

Is the AP more or less confirming Romney has spent $23 million of his own money in the last three months? Or is that just the floor?

http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MWFkYmFhYWNmNzE3MjI4OTE5NTk5MjZhNzFiNDZmZGY=

bnelson44 on January 31, 2008 at 12:54 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Wow, I’m glad you contributed that to the discussion.

bnelson44 on January 31, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Yes, I see that Rudy received 11% in that poll.

amerpundit on January 31, 2008 at 12:56 PM

That’s bull and you know it. One vote one voice. No one is restricting anything except big business influence in Washington. Nice try though.

Tell you what. Raise some money and pay for your own anti-Romney ad. Try to run that ad close to an election and let me know how it goes.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Huck is staying in because he is winning several states mostly in the South. He has more influence at the convention the more delegates he gets.

William Amos on January 31, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Mr. Romney had given more than $17 million of his own money through the third quarter. He is reportedly expected to have poured in some $20 million more for the fourth quarter. But the figures will not show how much he spent over the last month in his effort to win in the early nominating contests.

bnelson44 on January 31, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Romney not bowing out with some dignity keeps putting him farther on the fringe for any future political consideration. The more he spends the uglier it gets.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:02 PM

According to this poll McCain leads in Tennesse and Georgia, with Huckabee as a Romney buffer. Another poll by PPP shows Romney in a tie with McCain in Georgia.

Complete7 on January 31, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Donate to Romney (even $5 if that’s all you can do, just to show your support!)
https://www.mittromney.com/contribution/form:sc=INT051

JustTruth101 on January 31, 2008 at 12:38 PM

You do know that the money will just go into Mitt’s pocket in order to help repay the massive amounts of money he’s “loaned” his campaign without affecting his chances, right?

Hollowpoint on January 31, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Romney not bowing out with some dignity keeps putting him farther on the fringe for any future political consideration. The more he spends the uglier it gets.
THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Change Romney to Huckabee and you’ve got yourself one incisive comment. Romney still has a shot (a long one, but a shot) to get the nomination. Huckabee has no chance whatsoever.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 1:03 PM

I bet if RONALD REAGAN were alive, he would endorse Mac.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:52 PM

If Reagan were alive, he’d probably tell Mac “you’re no Reagan conservative stop talking about me.”

PowWow on January 31, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Why doesn’t McCain tap into the construction, meatpacking, and ag industries for some funds? They should appreciate his effort to create a permanent low wage labor class. Maybe he has and they think wages are still too high. I wonder if he doesn’t have some demeaning racial epithet he calls Mexicans in private, like he does some other groups.

a capella on January 31, 2008 at 1:04 PM

That’s bull and you know it. One vote one voice. No one is restricting anything except big business influence in Washington. Nice try though.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 12:54 PM

I know. You’re making a great point. The last effort at getting “big business” out of Washington did such a bang up job (less money than ever flowing to campaigns! /sarc) that we should clamp down again. IF that doesn’t work. Clamp down again. And again.

We’ll get it right one of these days.

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 1:04 PM

I am still having a hard time caring how much of his own money he puts into his campaign. Is this a perceived negative? If the other candidates had his resources they would be doing the same thing. All it says to me is that he is committed to victory.

JDH on January 31, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Tell you what. Raise some money and pay for your own anti-Romney ad. Try to run that ad close to an election and let me know how it goes.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Not to defend McCain-Feingold, but it’s my understanding that it would only be forbidden if the organization that runs them took corporate donations.

Hollowpoint on January 31, 2008 at 1:06 PM

If Reagan were alive, he’d probably tell Mac “you’re no Reagan conservative stop talking about me.”

PowWow on January 31, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Then he’d kick him in the jimmy, laugh and walk away.

Geronimo on January 31, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Hollowpoint on January 31, 2008 at 1:03 PM

He’s repaying himself? Last I heard him and his wife had set a limit of how much personal wealth they were willing to spend on the campaign.

JDH on January 31, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Not sure either. The man has a fortune of over $250 million by some estimates and apparently did well in fundraising after Florida.

amerpundit on January 31, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Not to defend McCain-Feingold, but it’s my understanding that it would only be forbidden if the organization that runs them took corporate donations.

WHY DO YOU HATE FREE SPEECH, HOLLOWPOINT?

Seriously, though, I don’t think corporate donations are required. The Wisconsin RTL case was an issue-ad paid and McCain filed a brief against that.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Whoops. That should be “issue ad paid for by a nonprofit…”

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Mitt Romney tried to label McCain legislation as Liberal. These bills were voted on by the majority of republicans, conservative or moderate. So when we make jest at his record in the senate, it is actually a reflection of THE ONLY THINGS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE AGREED ON!

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Would George Soros count as part of the “corporate” establishment?

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 1:10 PM

According to this poll McCain leads in Tennesse and Georgia, with Huckabee as a Romney buffer. Another poll by PPP shows Romney in a tie with McCain in Georgia.

Complete7 on January 31, 2008 at 1:03 PM

If I remember correctly, in FL most of the Huck voters said Romney was their 2nd choice.

bnelson44 on January 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Besides, what the point of having all these restrictions when the same money and intentions can go around McCain-Feingold through 527s?

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

THE ONLY THINGS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE AGREED ON!

That doesn’t make the legislation right Chosen One. It just means that it passed.

JDH on January 31, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Werent 527s created by McCain Feingold?

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Chosen One,

Uh, well, I just looked up McCain-Feingold senate vote and only 12 Republicans voted for it. 38 voted against it, only 3 Democrats voted against. Where’s this plurality that you speak of?

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 1:15 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Yep, it was awesome with both parties joined together to strike down the freedom of speech rights of us peasants. Thanks Washington!

Protect incumbency. And you wonder why it passed. :/

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Lorien,

Exactly. 527s were created by M.F. So we can thank McCain for the likes of Moveon.org, George Soros… He really got the corrupt money out of politics!!!

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Werent 527s created by McCain Feingold?

They weren’t created by the bill. They were created to get around the rules of the bill. In other words they are a bi-product of the legislation.

JDH on January 31, 2008 at 1:17 PM

The number 527 is such because it is the part of the law that talks about what is not restricted under McCain-Feingold. In other words, it is the loop-hole portion of the law.

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 1:19 PM

And only 12 Republicans voted against cloture on McCain-Kennedy and keep the bill alive.

Again, not a majority.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 1:19 PM

I’m glad Mac wants to keep my voice equal with Enron. Those opposed should be ashamed of themselves and owe this forum a sincere apology, like right now.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Excuse me. Got that wrong. Only 12 Republicans voted to invoke cloture, which would have kept the bill alive. Stupid Senate rules.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Seriously, though, I don’t think corporate donations are required. The Wisconsin RTL case was an issue-ad paid and McCain filed a brief against that.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Under the law, non-profits were considered corporate… somehow. As I understand it, if we all chipped in as individuals to put up an ad, it would be OK.

I’m not sure anyone- including McCain- really knows precisely what’s allowed and what’s not.

Hollowpoint on January 31, 2008 at 1:22 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:20 PM

I’m sorry, Massa’s up in Washington, for being upset that the free speech rights guaranteed by the first amendment are inconveniencing you :(

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 1:22 PM

I’m glad Mac wants to keep my voice equal with Enron. Those opposed should be ashamed of themselves and owe this forum a sincere apology, like right now.
THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Haha. You’re a piece of work. McCain also filed an brief against the right of a pro-life organization to run an ad opposing abortion. Stop pretending this is just about Enron.

And no on the apology, by the way.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 1:22 PM

I’m waiting.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 31, 2008 at 1:23 PM

I’m not sure anyone- including McCain- really knows precisely what’s allowed and what’s not.
Hollowpoint on January 31, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Oh, that’s it. You owe this board a sincere apology, like right now.

Slublog on January 31, 2008 at 1:23 PM

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