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.
Now John, how are you going to spin your accepting questionable dontations to Sen. Obama being fit to run our nation? I would suggest that you who took so many weekends off from campaigning, leave Sen. Obama's well deserved vacation alone.
McCain reviews things?!
I'm a strong Obama supporter but I think I can say that McCain knew nothing about this and even though he has flip-flop 30 -40 times, forgets who is who or what country is next to another, lies on ads and has a problem of telling the truth when he talks about Obama.
Remember this guy was a part of the Keating 5 and do i think he has changed? no way once a crook always a crook
He doesn't know that he is not suppose to take foreign contributions?what a joke?
Experience versus Judgement at any time. If this is a mistake made by Obama's camp, this wrinkly white haired idiot will jump up and done and chew our ears off.
Get McInsane and his lobbyist campaign manager out. Immediately. This is an urgency my friends.
What about the $61, 000 from that woman who earns less than $25,000 a year? McCain himself is questionable. Oh! Do they question the 2 million from Big Oil? Oh yea! they need that
Questionable character-Talk is cheap
He's doing the right thing. Have you Democrats ever looked at the donations and contributors of you darling Clinton's.
Experience versus judgement. McCain's judgement is so wrong on so many issues.
CNN moderators are so pro-Obama. You censor McCain supporters.
Campbell Brown is really doing a good job– she's provocative and objective. I like the way she pushes her guests– she's asking the kind of questions that I would like to ask. enjoy her show. She has made tremendous strides since moving into this job. Congrats.
And then they'll ask for more money right?
McCain is no maverick. He is a lackey.
LETS TAKE A LOOK AT OBAMA'S 272MILLION IN DONATIONS.....WHY U THINK HE OPTED OUT OF PUBLIC FINANCING!!!
HIS INNER CIRCLE NEEDS TO BE EXAMINED CAREFULLY !!!!
John McCain is highly questionable.
It's less than 50k today; the big number will be 2 weeks from now – when the story is buried.
The email barrage of fraudulent claims about Obama's "foreign fundraising" was stupefying.
I wonder if the same neocon dolts who were responsible for that avalanche of spam will even let this story seep into their sorry little brains.
I trust Obama will do the same? Perhaps millions of overseas internet donations from highly questionable sources? Probably not, though . . . THAT would REALLY expose him for the fraud he is - and
CNN would NEVER publish that.
I applaud McCain for this move - integrity again. He's got my vote!
CNN, look closer at the Obama Rezko connection - Obama knew him for a decade and considered him a close friend. Obama pushed for IL Senate legislation that DIRECTLY benefited Rezko.
CNN, I DARE you to do some REAL investigative journalism. (But, alas, THAT would be WORK - so much easier to feed us OBAMA PABLUM! SAD!
Too Late Mccain! We All Know That Your In The Pocket Of Crooks, Liars, And Thieves!
Under 50,000 is being returned. SURPRISE. I read that hundreds of thousands were donated. McCain you are so transparent, I find it truly amazing that there is one person that would vote for you, let alone millions. Does that tell you why this country is in the state that it is.
So what else is new? Bush became the president because of his brother and the famous "CHAD" problem now McCain has a supplier of ill gotten money. He threw Paris H. under the bus after her mother gave him money and he sold his soul to the devil.
GEE IS THIS ANOTHER REPUBLICAN CORRUPTION CASE. LET'S VOTE FOR ANOTHER REPUBLICAN AND INCREASE OUR GAS PRICES, FOOD PRICES, NATIONAL DEBT AND BRING RECORD PROFITS TO BIG OIL, DRUG COMPANIES AND INSURANCE COMPANIES. WAKE UP AMERICA!!
I guess Crist of FL is off the "short list"
Don't forget to return the millions of dollars that you have received from Big Oil.