August 21st, 2008
02:45 PM ET
6 years ago

FEC lets McCain off the matching funds hook

Sen. McCain campaigned in New Mexico Wednesday.
Sen. McCain campaigned in New Mexico Wednesday.

(CNN) – In a unanimous decision Thursday, the Federal Election Commission granted a request from John McCain’s campaign to withdraw from a program that provides presidential candidates with matching funds during the primary season.

The Democratic National Committee filed a complaint with the FEC earlier this year after the McCain campaign announced that it was withdrawing from the primary season matching funds program, in a bid to avoid spending restrictions that would have resulted if they participated. Democrats argued that the McCain camp could not legally opt out after obtaining a $4 million line of credit using the prospect of the public matching funds as collateral, and could not unilaterally withdraw without approval from the FEC, which did not have a voting quorum for much of the year. The party also called for an FEC investigation of McCain’s campaign finances.

The McCain campaign had said that the possibility of receiving public matching funds was not in reality the collateral for the line of credit that kept the Arizona senator’s campaign afloat.

The DNC has not yet said whether they will continue to press for a federal investigation.


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  1. SONGBIRD MCCAIN

    TRAITOR —– OUT-OF-TOUCH —– PTSD —–

    EMPTY SUIT —– BAD TEMPER —– WAR MONGER —–

    WIKIPEDIA —– DRAFT —– $500 SHOES —– HOW MANY HOUSES

    DO I OWN? —– $5 MILLION —– KEATING 5 —– 50+ LOBBYISTS ON

    HIS STAFF —– NO OFFSHORE DRILLING + PAYOFF = FLIP = YES

    TO DRILLING =FLOP —– SONGBIRD (GOOGLE IT!) —– ENDORSED

    BY THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER —– 95% VOTING RECORD

    W/BUSH (MAVERICK?!?!) —– CHEATED ON SICK WIFE —–

    ADMITTED HE DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ECONOMICS —–

    OLDER THAN ZIP CODES, PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY

    SANDWICHES, AUTOMATIC CAR TRANSMISSIONS, FM RADIO AND

    ALF! -– WON'T CUT TAXES FOR THOSE MAKING LESS THAN

    $250K AS MUCH AS OBAMA WILL (JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM)!

    AND THAT'S JUST OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD!

    ::::::::::::::::::::::INDEPENDENT VOTING OBAMA;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

    August 21, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. aliou FL

    Right boat man: Crooked talk expresss flip/flop

    August 21, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Brian

    McCain is no stranger to bilking the financial system and the American public... see the Keating Five / Savings & Loan scandal.

    America... make sure this rich, crooked elitist doesn't make the White House his EIGHTH house this November!

    August 21, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. P.U. MA

    Mike-Texas....hahahahahahahahahaha!!!! OMG, and how many US Senators Congressmen and top Republicans have opted out of the GOP convention? How many Republicans have opted for a good round of golf or a spa treatment or a good day on the sofa than go watch Bush Chaney and McCain try to destroy this Country further? the list is countless, he!! even the head liners the Beach Boys (excuse my while i fall on the floor laughing) can not draw the GOP to rally behind their "candidate"..you poor poor soul, Mike you probably voted for Bush...twice, right?
    other story

    August 21, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Octogenarian

    Why does McSane get to say whatever and noone talks about it? Is is because of his age?

    August 21, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. New Day

    Hypocrite! Because he changed his mind on matching funds? No, because he blasts Obama for having done the same thing. Is going to apologize to Obama for this?

    August 21, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. Arkansas Undertaker

    If it had been the Obama campaign they would have never let him of the hook. They would have tried to make a big issue out of it. They would have tried to take Obama down.

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    August 21, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Carol

    So, where are all the Republicans screaming "flip flop" and all the other complaints McCain blasted Obama with he chose not to take matching funds?

    Self rightous, phony hypocrite!

    August 21, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    OH.............WAIT............WASN'T THIS THE ISSUE THE MCCAIN-ATTACK-HATE-MACHINE............ATTACKED OBAMA ABOUT???????

    WELL..............WHO IS ...........FLIP........FLOPPING..........AGAIN???????

    THE RNC WAS $10 MILLION SHORT FOR THEIR CONVENTION!

    I GUESS BUSH/CHENEY'S DESTRUCTION IS HURTING THEM ALL!

    August 21, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. PURPOSE DRIVEN LIES

    "Blasphemy is the disrespectful use of the name of one's God to ridicule or make fun of by jokingly or otherwise referencing that which is sacred"

    When asked about evil, McCain and the evangelical Christians at Saddleback look outward and forget that evil is in their thoughts, their hearts, their arrogance, their pride, their "holier than thou attitudes".

    Did it ever occur to them that evil gathers in their churches every Sunday morning? Mascquarades as presidential candidates? That they hold hands with murderers, child molestors, fornicators, bigots, liars and thieves both in the congregation and the pulpits and congratulate each other on how great and holy you are?

    America's evangelicals project what is ugly about humanity by professing one thing and living the exact opposite. Obama's answer's during the forum reflected a truly christian view. He challenged them to look within for what is wrong with the world today. HOW DARE HE??

    August 21, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. JIM...TX

    Cheating AGAIN are we??? I'm appalled :)

    August 21, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. One Is A Lonely Number

    Instead of McCain's fascination with the ONE, he should be fascinated with NINE, which is how many houses he has, and SIX HUNDRED, which is how much he paid for his shoes.

    More numbers, okay. How about ONE affair you were having while still married, and TWO women you called honey at the same time, and THREE kids you left your first wife with, and FOUR men who were charged along with you in the Keating FIVE. Back to SIX, the price of your shoes, and SEVEN kids you eventually ended up with not counting the THREE you left your first wife with. EIGHT as in 2008, the year you will lose the presidency, and finally back to NINE homes that you own, in which you couldn't remember because of the oncoming senility that you will surely experience soon.

    Obama 08

    August 21, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. PETER IGNAGNI

    HEY JOHN...WON'T YOU HELP HILLARY ELIMINATE HER 23,000,000.00 DOLLAR DEBT....HER SUPPORTERS HAVE NO INTENTION OF HELPING HER DO IT...THEY'LL SUPPORT HER TO THE ' GATES OF HELL ' AS LONG AS SHE DOESN'T NEED/ OR EXPECT THEIR MONEY TO GET THERE.....HOW PITIFUL THEY ALL ARE !!! ..... PETER IGNAGNI

    August 21, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I fully support John McCain even if the risky one selects Hillary for a running mate. I hope he doesn't. I would be torn but still vote for McCain. He is a safe choice and will protect our values and our country. Obama will tax us and create a new welfare queen society.

    BTW I can't stand Harry Reid from Nevada," I flatly told my hometown paper, the Journal in comments Thursday.

    I cannot now nor will never stand this back biting senator, Mr. Reid. The only one worse is Obama. Obama is risky and Reid doesn't understand heartland of the Mid West issues. He is stuck in a state of "legal prostitution, gambling and abortions." Yes that is what Harry Reid is all about in his state of Nevada or should we say sinstate.

    Remember Reid is a do nothing senator, and 'bama is a risky choice;. Both should be defeated because they gamble with our values and our country's security.

    August 21, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. The Numbers Game

    Instead of McCain's fascination with the ONE, he should be fascinated with NINE, which is how many houses he has, and SIX HUNDRED, which is how much he paid for his shoes.

    More numbers, okay. How about ONE affair you were having while still married, and TWO women you called honey at the same time, and THREE kids you left your first wife with, and FOUR men who were charged along with you in the Keating FIVE. Back to SIX, the price of your shoes, and SEVEN kids you eventually ended up with not counting the THREE you left your first wife with. EIGHT as in 2008, the year you will lose the presidency, and finally back to NINE homes that you own, in which you couldn't remember because of the oncoming senility that you will surely experience soon.

    Okay, are we done with numbers, you big phony.

    August 21, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. jimmy

    MCCAIN'S VP PICK IS GOING TO MAKE A LOT OF DIFFERENCE.
    AND SENATOR LIEBERMAN IS NOT THE ONE TO HELP HIM WIN.
    AFTER THE REV WARREN CIVIL FORUM IN CALIFORNIA. MCCAIN S
    SCORED A STUNNING VICTORY OVER OBAMA WHO STUMBLED AND MUMBLED HIS WAY TO DEFEAT.
    OBAMA HAS THE SAME PROBLEM AND WE WILL SOON SEE EITHER TODAY IN PRIME TIME OR TOMORROW AT THE LATEST.
    A WRONG CHOICE BY OBAMA AND HE CAN SAY GOODBYE TO PARTY UNITY AT THE DEMS CONVENTIONS....IT WILL BE CHAOS
    AND DEMONSTRATIONS NONSTOP IF HILLARY IS NOT THE VP CHOICE.

    August 21, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Just another corrupt decision by a corrupt Bush-appointed commission for a corrupt, senile, inept Senator who can't remember the price of milk or how many million dollar homes he owns.

    No wonder his campaigns hides him from the media and doesn't ket them talk directly to McCain – this is what happens. He is an utter and complete disaster EVERY TIME HE OPENS HIS MOUTH.

    We've had 8 years of an idiot leading th country. How much is enough?

    August 21, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. PG

    What comes to mind when sees Panamanian McCain?

    POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (unresolved).

    People this fraud, McCain, is dangerous, very dangerous for America!

    August 21, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. GP

    McCain and the RNC operate under a set of rules that states:

    Up is Down
    Black is White
    Left is Right
    Right is Left
    I'm Right and You're Wrong
    Negative is Positive

    August 21, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Ardnuas

    "'Exxon John" is WORSE than Cheney.....the FEC let him off the hook because of some backroom deals that we made... this is WHY he owns 7 houses. McSame = big oil ( one hand washes the other)

    August 21, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Craig

    The Republicans went insane when Obama did that. But Flipper McFlop is an old man . I guess we must make allowances when he waffles on his commitments.

    August 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Fred C Dobbs

    What is the problem with CNN at finding real news stories?

    Let Clinton go, no matter what trash you throw up, I and other Hillary Clinton supporters will not be voting for Barack Obama!

    Obama supporters still banging on the Clinton's – wise up, it makes it that much easier to vote for John McCain.

    August 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. anonymous

    Democrats are so gullable. You have no clue what is going on. Be an individual and see the light. These political figures aren't going to do one thing for you EXCEPT let you down and then you will say oh it is George Bush fault. You will always point the finger at someone.

    August 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. Blowing in the Wind

    Hypocrite elitist

    August 21, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. shannon

    "off the hook"?

    that implies that he did something wrong....nice unbiased coverage.

    August 21, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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