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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  1. KC Atlanta

    Quite frankly speaking,history would be made come the fall election, people like mean spirited charlotte sharon,brian and the rest of those republicans with democratic mask would be left with puzzle while waking up with new president of AMERICAN who is different from them. OUCH THAT REALLY REALLY HURTS HATERS.

    May 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Ian

    How's that for a little "straight talk"?

    May 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Ronald Allen

    When the primary season first began i was an avid hillary fan. As the season wore on i saw the writing on the wall and switched to support Obama. Why did i do it? Because above all i am a loyal democrat and the support of a successful candidate far outweighs the last eight years that we have been through. I find it hard to believe that even Republican sufferers of Bush failed policies continue to ask for more of the same..Its almost comical.

    May 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Wise White Guy

    When i heard about the questionaire to staffers about whether they had ties to lobbyists i actually busted out laughing. My first thought was if they were going to terminate anyone tied to lobbyists and then whether John McCain was filling out the questionaire. This guy has knowingly taken more money from special interests and lobbyists than Bush ever did. Clinton was the Queen of it but he is the King. Is he going to ask himself to step down from the campaign. Do they really think people are that stupid they are going to fall for the house cleaning act they are putting on. Maybe they are because they fall for everything else. If McCain asked me to step down i would just show up the next day anyway because he probably won't remember asking me to leave anyway.

    May 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. John IND

    He wasn't doing anything anyway . Mccain raise gas money compare to O and Hill anyway. Where is the GOP to support their canidate?

    May 18, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Wise White Guy

    Charlotte, do the world a favor and put a sock in your mouth and some mittens on your hands. We dont need your ignorant spew all over our screens.

    May 18, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    If McCain is unable or unwilling to choose competent people as advisers, then think about who he would surround himself as president! He's already ignoring economic experts who say his little "gas tax holiday" serves no one but Big Oil!

    As for his VP – since we still, after months, don't have McCain's health records, it had better be someone you'd also like to see as President – a VP is only a heat beat away from the Oval Office.

    May 18, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. warren


    Like you and many other americans need to see more of the world and
    maybe you would clearly see that there is only one true candidate running for President OBAMA 08.

    Many people do not like to hear the straight truth the way Obama tells it, but this is the only way to wake up americans from their deep sleep.

    The rest of the world is wide awake and watching wether America can awaken and again truly be a world leader; a title that is no longer there.

    May 18, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Wise White Guy

    To All You Fla (count my votes) people. In the words of your beloved Hillary. Have patience, its a long process. We will have our nominee in time for the general election and everyone will be able to vote for the President. No need to get excited and rush things. If you could read i imagine you have heard Mr. Obama say that he will do his part to make sure your delegates are in Denver with their hats on and be able to vote. To be honest with you though, your vote in this primary actually is completely meaningless so if i were you i would stop looking like a fool who is living in a dreamland and crying about your vote to count. You can count them all day and any way you want and it will not change this dem primary outcome. Maybe you should use this time wisely and discover what the rest of the world has and that is that Obama is the best thing since John Kennedy for our country and the world. Use your head and vote wisely in November. Obama 08

    May 18, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Hollis

    "Straight Talk Express"....what a load of transparent garbage.

    May 18, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. dwho

    After collecting lobbyists money John McCains wants to make things rights? These are the things Obama has been talking about. Candidates pretend to be good just to win election after that they go back to their old ways. His resignation does not merit any thing but corruption. McCain is a pretender. He wants send soldiers to the war front for 5 more years but doesn't want to sign the GI Bill becuase it is too generous. Shame, shame and Shame.

    May 18, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. warren

    Hillary 60 and McCain 71 are to old and out of touch with the future of America and the world; between them 131 years not good for main stream america and the world.

    OBAMA 46 PERFECT AGE in touch with main stream america and the world.

    May 18, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. FreshAir

    Um, has it occurred to anyone that if they plan to keep firing people with ties to lobbyists that they'll have to fire everyone?

    May 18, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Blogthis

    John McCain's chief strategist Charlie Black isn't losing any sleep about his firm's involvements with some of the worst dictators and human rights abusers in the world. Responding to a MoveOn video seeking to have Black removed from McCain's campaign, the lobbyist-turned-adviser had this to say:

    "I'm not ashamed of anything the firm did," McCain adviser Charlie Black says of his days as the principle in one of Washington's most influential lobbying firms. "If they want to use it to fire up the left wing, well, that's fine."

    Black is referring to a campaign by liberal watchdog and political groups to pressure McCain into dumping Black, now a top McCain campaign strategist. Today, MoveOn's political action fund released a video accusing Black of lobbying "for some of the world's worst tyrants."

    May 18, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Susan

    Folks, if you haven't figured it out already, repukes posing as Democrats are coming on these blogs to encourage Clinton supporters to vote for McCain. Don't fall for their Democrat this year and put an end to the hate and idiocy in the White House...

    May 18, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. James

    McCain is such a fraud.

    You don't remain a Republican politician for ethical reasons anymore, so nobody should be surprised when crooks like McCain and Huckabee are outed for the corrupt rightwing lunatics they are.

    May 18, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Herman in LA

    What a shame if this was Senator Clinton or Senator Obama the media would be having a field day with it to bring them down. This country is in bad shape, gas, foreclosures, high food prices, global warming, national security aka America is the most hated country in the world thanks to Bush and McCain wants to joke about his age on SNL.

    Give me a break we need a president who is going to be up to the job with full force 24/7 365 days out of the year and don't flip flop and won't be hampered from illness of cancer and any other threaten diseases or causes this really concerns me. We need to move this country into the 21st century and Barack is the only candidate who can do this with out having tied to Washington Lobbyist & PAC’s Obama / Governor Kathleen Sebelius 08!!!

    May 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Adam C

    Another reason why you can not trust GOPS these days, they are so corrupt !!! that is why I changed from Rep to Dem.

    May 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. Ashe

    GOP is a sinking ship and lobbyists are jumping the ship. Double talk express is sarrounded by lobbyists.

    McCain is status co ....same Bush...same plocies......same lobbyists......same hawkish vision......

    God Bless America

    May 18, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. Hollis

    It is becoming increasingly clear that Clinton supporters have never shared her vision for getting our country back and on the right track.
    She will carry her ideals and hopes for us into the general election supporting Obama and her supporters will abandonher and what she stands for and support Mccain as a protest vote.Her support was obviously shallow.

    May 18, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. True Grit

    When will these hate-filled anybody-but-Obama tyrants have the courage to come out and say it... they just can't stand the thought of a black president?

    It really says something about the mentality of that voting segment- and validates the negative stereotype that much of the world has embraced as what America is all about.


    May 18, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Jodie, Idaho

    Who will be left? Everyone McCain knows has their hands in his pockets. Check it out. McCain takes more money from lobbyists than any other candidiate? He will really be motivated to change the ways things are going in Washington wont' he?

    May 18, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. GHM

    Charlotte, You want to continue the smae old, sme old. Keep bringing up things that have already been answered. Why not explaine why McBush keeps losing people from his camoaign staff.
    Could it be that people are really beginging not to trust John M just like they don't trust HC.You canidate has yet to come out and say one word about the depolrable Hucakebee, his buddy who made a comment that the whole country should be enragged about. Come on! Just admit who the next President is going to be, admit defeat and go cry in the corner.
    You go Presdient Obama and your wonderful wife Michelle. People who have a heart and respect the United Sates know where you and Michelle with regard to your FAITH< COUNTRY< and POLITICS.
    God Bless

    May 18, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Lana, California

    Isn't time to dust off the old Keating Five?

    May 18, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Diing in Washington

    Just a matter of time before he becomes an Island. Everyone gone!.

    May 18, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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