John McCain fund raising?

@clrumfelt (5428)
United States
October 22, 2008 11:00am CST
I have read the account of John McCain supposedly asking Russia to donate funds to his campaign, and I am convinced it is pure rubbish. For one thing, it is against the law for candidates to recieve campaign fund s from foreign donators, isn't it? Also, Russia is somewhat pi$$ed because McCain took a strong stand against them when they invaded Georgia. The letter McCain wrote to the Russian ambassador in no way indicates to me that he is soliciting funds, only that he is reaching out for diplomatic purposes to promote good relations between Russia and the USA. What are your thoughts on this controversy? http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/russia_mccain_fundraising/2008/10/20/142368.html
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
22 Oct 08
Why would John McCain who was a prisoner in North Vietnam who was at that time allied with Communist Russia want Russia to donate money to his campaign or even accept it? That is ridiculous. Diplomacy is a good reason to write to the ambassador, but not to get any money.
• United States
22 Oct 08
If anyone wants an example of Russia interfering by co-operation with a presidential candidate, they need to check into James Earl Carter, who in fact conspired with the USSR to try to defeat Reagan. Documented fact that was uncovered only a few years ago. McCain's hands are clean on this as are the Republican party's. Democrats? That's another case.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
22 Oct 08
I would not trust the Democrats. I mean they are just a smidgen to the right of socialism.
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• United States
22 Oct 08
But as far as I know, foreign funds did not make their way into McCain's campaign. Same can not be said for 0bama.
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@clrumfelt (5428)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I thought the same thing when I first heard that story. But I also think Obama takes cues of how to conduct his campaign from John McCain. If Obama is accused of something, the liberals find a way to accuse McCain of the same thing. If McCain has a soldier's bracelet, Obama has to claim one, too, etc., etc., ( He did have a soldier's bracelet, but I doubt he would have brought it up if McCain hadn't --he had been asked by the soldier's mother not to.)
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Yeah and Obama had to look down at the bracelet like he didn't know the name on it.
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• United States
22 Oct 08
Good point. 0bama wants to be the leader of the country, yet he plays follower to McCain's lead. Tells us what we want to know. McCain is the real leader.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
22 Oct 08
You are correct. He can't take money from foreigners. At least not legally.
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@clrumfelt (5428)
• United States
22 Oct 08
U.S. citizens living in foreign countries can donate, but not foreign citizens.
@piasabird (1737)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Lol I don't know why the first comment posted since I didn't tried to reverse and write it differently. Looks like they both posted though. Sorry.
@piasabird (1737)
• United States
22 Oct 08
It is illegal to take donations from foreign nationalists. He can accept donations from Americans who are living in another country. At least I'm pretty sure that's what I read the other day.
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@clrumfelt (5428)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I have read it too. That's why it is ludicrous to think McCain would approach Russia soliciting funds, and after the tough stance he took against them when they invaded Georgia. It was a clerical error, nothing more.
• United States
22 Oct 08
I think it's pretty darn funny myself. No, I don't believe for a second that McCain's campaign deliberately asked a Russian national for a donation. I'm sure the name was on a mailing list that someone didn't check carefully enough, since it went to the Russian embassy. The letter absolutely was one of the standard McCain fundraising letters, not any type of reaching out to promote good relations - it was a simple, ridiculous little goof.
@clrumfelt (5428)
• United States
22 Oct 08
You're right. After I reread the article I realized it was a mistake instead of an intentional diplomatic effort. It is kinda funny. Hopefully people will realize it was an error.