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. Senior from San Jose, CA

    Charlotte: Why is everyone picking on you? One thing I noticed about you is that you have jumped to conclusions that are not backed by any evidence.

    And Les-WA: How did you get so knowledgeable that you can predict the future, or do you firmly believe if you call the election, the outcome will be how you want it.

    May 18, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Lisa (PA)


    For GOD sakes stop spewing worthless info! WE are grown up individuals and WE can do our own research into our political/presidential candidates. Trust me when I say we are not idiots!

    If you do not want to vote for Senator Obama, then DON'T! That is your right! Vote for McCain again that is your right! It will certainly be a mistake to vote for McCain but again that is your choice!

    As for Senator Obama's grandmother, she is an old lady and probably does not travel much these days. I am sure that we will see her later in the campaign or at a later function!!!

    Democrats Unite-Obama '08

    May 18, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. EE

    McShame and lobbyist working in his campaign? No. Kind of scary
    if he's elected who will be running the country. Lobbyist have too much
    influence in Congress now. Having lobbyist in the White House is as
    bad as having Dick Cheney as the VP. Maybe not.

    May 18, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Elizabeth Gibson

    My hope is that Obama will put Hillary on the ticket. That would be a start if we want to empower women in politics.
    Obama, please give this a thought. The ladies love you so please love us back by taking Hillary. Trust me, you won't regret it.

    May 18, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. Chris Durham North Carolina

    You know what Wise White Guy, you are a Wise White Guy, I have to say! I'm a black guy by the way! See how Obama brings people together! Lol!

    May 18, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. Zepher

    Lets not Forget McCains Role in the Keating 5, This Mans a Crook

    May 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Hans-Erik Iken

    I guess the special intrests and lobbyists are still trying to get their best buddies back in the White House... My guess is there are quite a few others in the background working to get McCain elected so they can continue to influence government to give them the cash.

    They must be really worried that the democrats win this year, they know their gravytrain comes to a screeching halt then. Obama gets his money from the average american in small amounts but a lot of them.

    The light the GOP and their dear buddies see at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of the democrat express that will run them into the ground this fall.

    May 18, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. jerra

    Why should Obama do that? He was the one always nice to Hillary and she never return his kindness. He has respect for women. Watch all of the debates and you will notice that after the debates, he was the one always getting up to talk to her.
    This shows that the young people today are willing to tolerate people for the good of the country. Young people are open minded. This is change in the making. People always said that the young people are not wise and don't make good judgment but who made the best decision to vote against the war in the first place? Obama. the 60 and 71 year old experience candidates voted for the war. The world must know that young people are not threats but are good for the future of any country. The world will wake up and find out that the young people mean well for the future of this country. Young people are always learning new things-state of the art techonogy to compete with the world. Shouldn't Americans be proud of the young people?

    May 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Chris


    I hear Canada is a nice country. I really hope you will consider that since obviously you are not accepting the election results of this country. Probably Iraq or Afghanistan might have better elections for you.

    You can cry as much as you want like a baby but the fact is , more people want Obama as the nominee. Don't like it, suck it up. For the last 8 years democrats have been sucking it up because they lost Al Gore, Kerry and seats in the House and Senate. It is time to get it back. If you don't like the election results than the majority have voted for, please go to McCain. We do not want you in the democratic party.

    May 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Bond

    He has a bunch of corrupt people in his camp. Have you noticed, he has all these people that are connected to terrorist organizations but CNN or any other MSM will not carry such stories. Of course they are all biased,, especially CNN.

    May 18, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Iowa Independent

    Thank the Almighty!!!....there won't be enough "Charlottes" to elect McCain as president.

    May 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. RickytheGriff

    Great, when we're paying $10.00 a gallon and our children are dying in droves overseas, we can all look to all of Hillary's supports who are going to vote for McCain and ask them "What in the hell were you thinking"?

    May 18, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Donald

    So does that mean Sen. McCain will resign from his campaign next because of his relations with lobbyists.

    May 18, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. May

    This is about Senator Kennedy. His blog was closed.
    I feel sorry he got sick and I wish him a speedy recovery. However, he should take good care of himself. You cannot drink like a fish for all your life and not suffer any consequences. Hope it is not too late for him. But his politics leave a lot to be desired. It may be he was drunk when he endorse Obama. It is time to sobber up and change your mind. God may be giving you this time to set aside your ego and do the right thing for the people of this nation. You and everyone of your colleagues who endorse Obama know that Hillary is the right candidate for this job and you must set the record straight before it is too late and do something that we all will remember you by nationally. A smart, alcohol free, unbias person who have the guts to do what is right in time.
    Get well but remember your time is given to you to do great work for this nation. Obama is the wrong candidate. You know it so do the right thing.
    Hillary 2008!!!

    May 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Joe Reg

    America has Republican sickness.

    They are all doomed.

    they should all go and down the hill.

    Go Obama go!!!

    May 18, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. New Sensation

    Hillary is done, her game was over weeks ago. So she is a non issue. After this battle, Obama will be the clear victor over McCain. History has already been written. O-Force One is gonna fly soon!

    May 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    The Republican Party is a joke. They claim to want change. Let me take a guess Eight years of Republican Rule in the White House. Congress control for how long. Please it's time to tell the Republican (Mr.McCain) to go home and retire. We are in a situation where it will take a long time to recover from the rule of the Republican Party.

    May 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. Charles

    Yep, seems this guy may have lobbied for EADS, the European company that won the Air Tanker contract. He may or not have talked to McCain about this, but Boeing and a lot of American workers lost that contract because McCain helped kill the Boeing bid.

    How nice of the Leader of the Straight Talk Express to help Americans out that way. Probably the same way he will help us out in Iraq, with Social Security, Health Insurance, and in the case of the mortgage crisis, help bail out all those hurting mortgage holding companies (can you say Bear Sterns?).

    May 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. April

    To all Obamabots: You should learn something about respect to your elders and respect to this country. Your candidate is an ellitist, he disrespect McCain by saying he "loose his bearings". Someone like you should not even be allowed to run. Your so call candidate does not have experience required for this job and we are not going to give this job to him because of the color of his skin. That is against the law and this would be discrimination at its best. Even Martin Luther King will be against it because that is what he had been preaching. So you Obamabots should learn to be respectful and tell your candidate to be respectfull to his elders as well to women. That is why you do not respect Hillary. You all know ,she is the best person for the job. So wash your mouths out with soap all of you and be respectfull to all these people who knows best how this country should be run. Free speech do not give all of you Obamabots and Obama the right to act ignorant, arrogance and stupid.
    Hillary for President 2008!!!

    May 18, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. Sheree, Medford OR

    By now I shouldn't be amazed at how ignorant some of you are about the facts, yet I still read things that I can't believe you believe! Get the facts straight before you run off at the mouth. For the record, Obama is a christian, not a muslim. He does salute the flag and if he didn't, who cares. I thought we lived in America. Who gives a rat's butt whether he wears a flag pin on his lapel? Would you rather have someone like McCain that just uses things like that for a prop to get more votes? I have said it before and I will say it again.......THINK, PEOPLE, THINK!!!! If war and a bad economy are your cup of tea, then by all means vote for that old codger who is guaranteed to continue down the same sorry path that we are on.

    May 18, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. R.O.B.

    Yeah, it's already bad enough that you can't raise money to begin with. Now all of the people who's responsible for the little money that you do raise is resigning. That's not a good sign John. Maybe you should give up your spot for Mitt Romney, hahahahaha

    May 18, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. Charles

    And for those who say no way to Obama, is it due to his policy positions? Cannot be for personal issues as Clinton has a ton of already existing issues that are not exactly above board or necessarily ok.

    But then, Clinton and Obama's positions on the issues are 99% the what is the problem?

    May 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. Debra

    May you have problems. I cannot believe you would critcize a man when he is sick. You belongs in the Clinton camp, she lost the nominee on her own merits. Her campaign was un organized, and instead of her playing fair and sticking to the issues, she decided to lie and be dishonest and throw the kitchen sink at Obama unfairly. She needs to pick up her baggage and go home.

    May 18, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. eric

    I believe both candidates are good men. Neither candidate is perfect. Who is really? But who stands for what I do??? I think the war was a terribly mishandled mistake from the beginning and want it over ASAP. I believe all American should have the same rights, white, black, hispanic, gay, straight...everyone. I believe in a woman's right to make her own choices. I want a president who won't put religion, politics and corporate interests ahead of common sense and the average American. I think McCain's age is a non issue, I think his whole Obama's non-patriotic is the biggest bunch of crap I've ever heard. The same for his pastor's comments....Is that really the best they can come up with? That his pastor said some stupid things? And this "negotiating with terrorist crap? Do they mean like GW Bush and North Korea or like Reagan and Iran? It's part of the job. The pundits are just hoping America is full of racist fools. I hope they are wrong. e

    May 18, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. Linned

    You have to question his years of experience. The first rule of running a business is to surround yourself with good people that know what they are doing. He's lost 5, either by firing or resignation, what does that tell you? The straight talk express has been derailed.

    May 18, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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