May 18th, 2008
04:26 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain's national finance co-chair resigns

WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's national finance co-chairman has stepped down - the latest adviser to leave the Republican senator's presidential campaign due to ties with lobbyists.

Former Texas Congressman Thomas G. Loeffler, a major fundraiser for McCain, is the fifth person to leave the campaign in the last eight days over questions about lobbying or past connections to lobbyists.

"Mr. Loeffler has resigned from his position with the campaign," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds told CNN Sunday.

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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Jim

    HIILARY OR MCCAIN.........NOBAMA NOWAY!!!!!!!!!!

    May 18, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. deb jean p. DC

    why oh why?

    remember Mccain proudly and publicly declared that he doesn't have to bow down to any special interests (represented by the lobbysts who have surrounded him all these years) as his values happen to perfectly agree with the special interests' agenda?

    don't tell me his values have changed yet again...

    May 18, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Corinna

    McCain, you see Obama has the right judgement better than you, half of your campain staff have problems with lobbying-ties....soon you will alone....

    May 18, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Lynda from Texas

    It seems to me that all these members of his campaign having to leave for conflict of interest and other things such as working for juntas and dictators shows one more reason NOT to vote for McCain (or should we say McSame or McBush?) – he demonstrates an extremely poor or naive case of judgement.

    Obama – '08!

    May 18, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. The Reality Check

    McSame, all those that are close to you are ruthless lobbyists! Give America a break, and go back to sleep!

    May 18, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Alphonse Moneau

    Senator McCain has surrounded himself with corrupt lobbyists… His pretense of being honest, fiscal conservative is only parallel to his flip-flop foreign relations experience –one day he’s pro-dialogue with Hamas and another day he is against dialogue with Hamas… Time will tell if Senator McCain is worth anything close to becoming president of the United States. Senator McCain’s honesty test is to admit, face and defend his flip-flop records… At least his lobbyist advisers can be credited with honesty for admitting who they are and acting accordingly… Do we really know who John McCain is? Think of that if you were considering entrusting him with the job of president of the United States of America.

    May 18, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. JC

    In this day and age, many Americans cannot put up with lobbyists and what they stand for. It is wise for McCain to get rid of these rats in D.C.

    May 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Jeb,WV

    McCain is not being true to the American people. His campaign is tainted with lobbyist and his wife has investment in foreign countries that has human rights abuse. Where is the transparency.

    May 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. dee

    mc.same dont take lobbyist money ,he just has them work for him!!!who's the real lobbyist then???

    May 18, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Robert Obro (UK)

    At this rate I wonder how many of his campaign team John McCain will have left in the next few months. The problem John McCain has is that there are not that many Replublicans out there who are not on the take from some lobbyists. How on earth he plans to form a government of change only heaven knows.

    May 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Five in the last week!

    Good gosh folks these are just the ones who got caught! Do you realize just how much more of this lobbyist favouritism could still be going on in the McCain Camp?

    This is exactly why Cindy McCain must be made to make her tax returns public. This is a huge eye opener. It is no wonder that three Newspapers and the DNC are demanding that Cindy make her tax returns public. Just last week she sold $2million of Sudan related shares, the American people have every right to see what John/Cindy are hiding.

    No wonder he keeps spouting "No Earmarks" he has other ways to play favourites!

    May 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Pepou

    Mark Penn, here you go. There is a job for you.

    May 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. John Smith

    The Democrats need to be aware of one and only one fact:

    If Hillary is anywhere near the democratic ticket, it will certainly re-energize the Republican base (even though they are weak). The focus will all be on Hillary and not the front-runner.

    Have the Clintons not already served this nation? Look at their record, especially the last year in office. The last year in office (recency) for any president says a lot to the voters! This is for the Dems to screw things up by sticking with Dynasty rather than "opportunity to perform." Most of us believe strongly that Obama will do just fine without the support of Hillary!

    May 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Mark Webb

    That's excellent. Hope Cindy will be next.!!!

    May 18, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. A Woman From Missouri

    Charlotte, you need to take a deep breath. You sound ridiculous.

    May 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Kate, NY

    And the walls come tumbling down......

    May 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Elgynn

    Although I continue to applaud the eviction of special intrest groups which have prostituted our government for too long, I think that the Arizona senator is a little behind on this score. Shouldn't these concerns have been addressed before he let these money wells pay off? The magnanimous act of distancing himself from these controvesial fundraisers and contributors who have already been so helpful begs the question, what does he really have to loose at this point? Political fundraising works a lot like drilling for oil. You find where the resources are get the right tools to drill into the supply. In this case, the tool would be these special interest lobby folks who have the collateral to push these major contributers into the mccain camp. Once you drill. You get a big pay off, then the returns diminishe over time. Then you look for other places to drill. Once you have utilized most of his contacts, and had it pay off for you, hasn't the tool already expended its use for you? The more tools the better, but isn't it safe to say that you can write off the ones that become a liability and still be in the black? Absolutely. So... Nice job firing the lobbiests that you don't need anymore Sen. McCain. I an sure that you will be lauded for it by republicans in your base who do not know the deeper mysteries surrounding the Washington game. An easy point to score when all the dirty dollars you have already been locked in your vault

    May 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. A.Masabo Canada

    this move doesn't fool anymore...u still the same old about ur wife resign(Sudangate &taxes records and so and so on....)and leave u??? 'cause she's playing the same dirty old game.Don't trust u my friend as u used to say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Ilona Proud Canadian


    Never Mind, we know exactly where you are coming from, and Never Mind we know where you want to go, and Never Mind if you want to vote McCain, you are more than welcome, and Never Mind you love to spread slanderous garbage, and Never Mind that you are accusing your fellow Americans of doing just what you yourself are doing. Never Mind, you don't give a hoot about throwing your Country on the train tracks, Never Mind, Never Mind, Never Mind............

    May 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Frank smith

    what a joke mccain and HUCKABEE then we could call him machuckabee

    May 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. LT for Obama


    You really need to stop listening to the media and actually do some research. While you are at it, research your candidate as well. You will find that Obama's baggage is a handbag versus Clinton and McCain.

    Also, so much of what you said is innuendo and speculation. There is not basis of fact for much of what you said other than the speculation of reporters trying to start trouble or supporters or other candidates doing the same thing.

    May 18, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. SZ

    CNN, what's with the poor moderation on these message boards? Why is it okay for people to post poorly written or hateful comments–or comments that simply say (something along the lines of) "Go [my candidate]"?

    How do you expect to be perceived as a serious news authority?

    May 18, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Sharon Minesota

    Keep putting the trash out John, you're the only one who does. The democrats are letting theirs pile up and it's getting real stinky.

    May 18, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Les-WA

    McCain is going to win in general election by a LANDSLIDE against Obama if the DNC and superdelegates are fool enough to turn a blind eye what is obvious.

    Obama and his campaigners up to now cannot give a concrete data where they're going to get their electoral votes. His win in North Carolina is of NO VALUE strategically, it will go Republican in General Election. His win in NC was his race-based campaign (1/3 of democratic voters were blacks). His campaigners stated they're going to win Indiana, neighbor of Illinois, he lost in that state in spite of outspending Hillary 3 to 1. He lost in WV outspending Hillary again. WV is a KEY STATE for General Election. To cover his loss, his campaign scramble to get endorsement from Edwards as it is getting obvious he can't win in key states in general election. Polling right now in WV, Hillary is way ahead of McCain.

    What matters here are ELECTORAL VOTES, its the MAP not the math a lot of you supposedly educated people are good at. When Obama campaign officials were pressed for electoral college details, his staffers could not offer specifics what is their general election campaign plan might be.

    McCain will be the next President if Obama is the nominee, moderate democrats will vote for him. There's nothing new about staff of McCain resigning from his campaign. When he was flat broke, a lot of them resigned ( he can't afford to pay their salary).

    May 18, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. bill pike

    mcbush cries about the arab countries and they finance him and bush and who knows what else we don't know.

    May 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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