August 7th, 2008
08:15 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain campaign to return about $50,000 in donations

WASHINGTON (CNN) – John McCain’s campaign announced Thursday night that it’s returning about $50,000 in contributions believed to be brought in by a foreign citizen.

The actions late Thursday followed a move earlier in the day by the campaign that it would be looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations brought in by Florida businessman Harry Sargeant, after reports that his business partner – Mustafa Abu Naba’a, who is not an American citizen – may have been connected with the fundraising efforts.

Federal campaign finance regulations prohibit donations from foreign nationals, but federal laws do not specify if it is illegal for them to solicit political contributions.

The McCain campaign says Abu Naba’a did not donate the money himself. But McCain spokesman Brian Rogers says, "we're taking the precautionary measure of returning any contributions solicited by Mr. Abu Naba'a. We thought it was an appropriate measure to take at this point, as we had an issue with the reports of people giving to the campaign who had no intention of supporting or voting for John McCain - that was clear from recent reports. We estimate that it totals under $50,000."

The New York Times reported on Thursday that Sargeant allowed Abu Naba’a to solicit the donations in March from a single extended family in California, the Abdullahs, along with their friends.

The McCain campaign is also sending a copy of the legal requirements for donations to all contributors whose funds were brought in through Sargeant.

Earlier this year, during the primary season, Norman Hsu, who was a top fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, was indicted for making contributions in the names of other people.


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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. John B. From New Hampshire

    figures...

    August 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Mr Republican

    I wish they would drop John McCain and nominate Ron Paul

    August 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Shady repug campaigning? Say it isn't so!

    John McCain is too risky to be POTUS

    August 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Lady

    WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DOES MCCAIN HAVE???

    I mean educational qualifications.What college did he attend?What degree does he have?What books has he written by himself not by other authors?what exactly qualifies to him be Commander-in-Chief?

    I am not asking about POW.That is not a qualification,it is was his job and what happened happened.

    Thanks!

    August 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Mike

    MIght as well review all his donors while their at it. I think you might find some very interesting individuals on the list.

    August 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Joe Kiloz

    PUMA !

    August 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Uncle Sam

    McCain campaign?? Questionable donations??? Now that's a real shocker!!!! What else is questionable in his campaign????

    August 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. cherrystrawberry

    "who is not an American citizen – may have been connected with the fundraising efforts"

    YA THINK! I HOPE THIS TURNS BIG! Mcfrankenstein is going Dooooownnnnnn

    August 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Nicole In NE

    Maybe he should review those donations from that Texas tycoon who made the rape jokes too.

    August 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Mike, TX

    Obama's donations should be investigated as well. Most of Obama's donations come from outside the United States. Wonder who is really funding his campaign.....

    August 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Marie in California

    I think we should also review the sources of Obama's donations. Rumor has it that many have come from overseas donors who are citizens of other countries.

    August 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. ben

    The "maverick" you have been waiting for.................

    August 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Linda from Prescott AZ

    I'm sure whatever it is it will be swept under the rug.

    August 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. kendall

    Please wait until after RNC Convention before starting scadals. Thank You

    August 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. P, CA

    He should've done this sooner, honestly, but ah well. I'm an Obama supporter, but I'm glad he's doing this. His reputation with me is shot after the negativity, and this is a band-aid, albeit a small one.

    August 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. AL in West Palm Beach, FL

    so that guy (the citizen) lives not too far from me. He is known to have given money to Charlie Christ as well. So does that mean the president and the potential VP have been taking money from people who might not have our best interest on their mind?

    August 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Bill from ALabama

    What the poor candidates have to do to become President this day and time,is awful.

    August 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Becky

    McCain's campaign doing something admirable. I'm shocked. Hopefully they'll end their silly negative and childish attacks and focus more on the issues and less on their obsession with Obama.

    August 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. justin in CO

    ...aaand this is the last we'll hear of that

    August 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Huh?

    Man, I'm surprised this got any mention at all. It is St. John by the way.

    Nothin' but sleaze in the mccain camp with all those lobbyists on staff – and this is probably just the tip of it.

    It's really a shame seeing "The Gelding" compromising all his principles.

    August 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Rob

    McBush doing something underhanded–anybody shocked.

    August 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. RDS

    No...not the Maverick (gasp) the man who said he was going to fight corruption....couldn't be...then who...heard dear Hill's name in the mix too....tisk tisk. Let's not get caught with our hands in the cookie jar now kids.

    August 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Dave, Illinois

    Hey "Uncle Sam", at least the McCain campaign has enough honesty to bring this to the press's attention. Obama's Chicago thugs would keep it under wrap or blame it on someone else.

    August 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Veterans for Obama

    HAHAHA! Republican thugs come out, come out, wherever you are!

    August 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. rachel

    go for it john and this just in it is found out that Exxon Execs Gave More to Obama!!!

    August 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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