April 10th, 2008
09:02 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain campaign fundraises off upcoming attacks


(CNN) - John McCain’s campaign is using reports of a new multi-million dollar group targeting his candidacy to raise money for the Arizona senator’s own presidential bid.

In an e-mail sent to supporters of the presumptive Republican nominee Thursday, Campaign Manager Rick Davis said George Soros and “his group of billionaire left-wing Democrats” were planning to spend $40 million dollars on a national television campaign targeting McCain.

“Folks, that is why we need your help and we need it now. We need to be able to answer whatever smear campaigns the liberal left throws at us. Please help as we combat this base demagoguery with a donation of $50, $100, $250 or even $1000 today,” wrote Davis.

Political consultant and Clinton supporter Paul Begala – one of the organizers of Progressive Media USA, whose existence was revealed in a Politico report hours earlier – said that attacks on McCain would be part of the agenda for the well-financed group, though not its sole mission.

"I am not saying we won't talk about John McCain - but the primary purpose is issues, it's progressive coordination, and it’s going to last long past any particular election cycle," said Begala.

Begala is a contributing political analyst for CNN.

Progressive Media USA is supported by Soros and some of the other Democratic benefactors who had backed the Campaign to Defend America, which launched an anti-McCain spot – “McSame” – last month. It will be headed by David Brock, author of the book “Free Ride: John McCain and the Media.”

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. The O

    To all MCain supporters:

    ask your selves this question:

    Has your lives been better in the last 8 years and if so how has it.

    If not do you want 4 more years of the bush policies.

    And are you an American first or a Republican first.

    PLEASE make the right choice

    OBAMA 08
    DEM 08

    April 10, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. Patriot

    A one world agenda is what Soros and his kind are pushing for. This is why we need John McCain, An American as our next president.
    There will be many such organizations running underground campaigns to undermine the election. Most of them are left wing organizations such as Moveon.org.

    Hopefully the American Public will not be swayed by these negative campaigns.

    Unite for America. Vote for McCain in November.

    PA voters give Hillary a chance so we can have two good choices in November.

    April 10, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  3. Walt, Belton,TX

    It is unfortunate that CNN employs and supports folks who's goal is a socialized America. That's the extreme radical left wing folks! If it looks like a turd, smells like a turd, then George Soros is nearby.

    April 10, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  4. JerryZ

    If people stand and support this guy, then you love war and the economy that we have. And then to top it off, Bush and McCain are talking a lot about Iran. Might be in there before November.
    Do you people notice all the repeated mistakes he makes? Check out the recent hearings. He was constantly twirling his pen. When he stop, you will notice his hands shaking. Start of Parkinson's. Happened to Reagan and then his last term Alzheimer set in.
    Hope he comes out and tell the truth about his health. Doubt he will. Hope the symptoms gets more noticeable before election. Memory lost is starting to show.

    April 10, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. Richard, FL

    Patriot, don't pick on Canada. Bush supporters thoughtlessly claim that he has protected us from a second attack on his watch, but EVERYONE knows he hasn't secured our borders. So maybe we need to give Canada credit for keeping terrorists out or else they'd freely walk into our country.

    April 10, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  6. Marie in California

    When anything has the name "George Soros" attached to it I want to slowly, slowly back away from it.....in much the same way as I would from a skunk stamping its feet with its tail up and his backside pointing toward me.

    George Soros is evil.

    April 11, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  7. universala

    Obama and his team have been smearlng Hillary all along.....and then thy cry poor me.

    Now they are going to target McCaine....big surpirse

    Obama is going to whine and cry poor me and blame McCain for everything he can, while continuing to push the race issue.

    April 11, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. James Monroe, Wiggins, Mississippi

    McCain third Bush term? Not on your life. Obama Jimmie Carter Second term. Bank on it!! Double digit inflation, 17 % interest on home loans, America held hostage by sone Iranian school boys, America laughed and sneered at as a spineless weakling, Mile long gas lines, Record taxes on working people. Yep!! Barack (Jimmie Carter, Jr. ) Obama. Just what we need.

    April 11, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  9. James Monroe, Wiggins, Mississippi

    Barack Obama, a Jimmie Carter second term!! 17 % Home Mortgages, double digit inflation, held hostage by Iranian thugs, just what we need.

    April 11, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  10. Ennis, LA

    Nobody wants to give him money because they know he's
    distrustful and too trigger happy to be Commander-in-Chief.
    Moreover, why should he not undergo the same amount of
    scrutiny John Kerry got? Let's see what he's been hiding
    all these years.

    April 11, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  11. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Actually, this sounds they are raising early money to attack Obama.
    Oh, my God, are they going to be attack bulldogs and ruin Obama
    chances to win the General Election. WE already know Hillary is not
    going there. This sounds like the Veterans for Truth Swift Boat
    smear ads against Obama are coming. I think Hillary is in this with
    McCain. Could that be true in American Politics? The are ruthless ads.

    April 11, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  12. Lorenzo

    Go Yoda!!!!!!!! May the force be with you or is it the war!!!!

    April 11, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  13. Jill

    I don't think they should do anything first. Let the GOP take the first swing, which they will–and then fight back.

    Obama 08

    April 11, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  14. Fazio

    McCain = Bush

    It looks like another round of the politics of fear is going to be launched by the GOP.

    Hopefully America will have learned something from the sleaze of the past seven years and will be able to see through all of the fearmongering of the Republicans.

    April 11, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  15. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    The liberal left billionairs target is McCain, why would they target Obama? He is more liberal than Hillary so they would be morre apt to support him than Hillary since their true goal is a European Style Socialist Society while they hide their billions of dollars overseas in banks so they do nor pay taxes in America. If any taxes need to be increased we should do it by ckosing the loophole that lets individuals like the Kennedy;s and Soros hide their money from the IRS.

    April 11, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  16. Mariposa4Life

    I thought McCain was going to take public financing to support his campaign and was ridiculing Obama (even though he's not the nominee) for not committing to it? What's up with the fundraising McCain?

    Sounds like more double talk from the double talk express!

    April 11, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  17. Mariposa4Life

    I thought McCain was going to take public financing to support his campaign and was ridiculing Obama (even though he's not the nominee) for not committing to it? What's up with the fundraising letter McCain?

    Sounds like more double talk from the double talk express!

    April 11, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  18. N.C. with common sense

    Who in their right mind after all we have been through with this current administration could possibly consider voting for John McCain? I mean let's get real here people.

    April 11, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
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