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Fact: McCain Campaign Caught Soliciting An Illegal $5,000 Donation From Russian Envoy

Posted in Accountability, Read for Yourself with tags , , , on October 21, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

 

From the Russian newswire RIA-Novosti (via Politico):

Russia’s permanent mission to the UN has received a letter from U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain asking for financial support of his election campaign, the mission said in a statement on Monday.

“We have received a letter from Senator John McCain with a request for a financial donation to his presidential election campaign. In this respect we have to reiterate that neither Russia’s permanent mission to the UN nor the Russian government or its officials finance political activities in foreign countries,” the statement said.

According to Ruslan Bakhtin, press secretary of the Russian mission, the letter dated September 29 and signed by McCain, was addressed to Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s envoy to the UN, and arrived on October 16.

The ambassador’s title was not included in the letter, and was not clear why the letter had taken over two weeks to arrive.

Enclosed was a request for a donation of up to $5,000 to McCain’s election campaign to be returned with a check or permission to withdraw the money from the donor’s credit card until October 24.

Individual donations to candidates’ election campaigns are capped by law at $2,300, and it is illegal to accept donations from foreign nationals.

McCain accepted the $84 million in public financing available to his election campaign, and consequently cannot accept private donations. However, the Republican National Committee is collecting donations that can be used to support his candidacy in limited ways.

Mr. Foreign Policy Gets It Wrong Again

Posted in Misspeaks, Watch for Yourself with tags , , , , on August 14, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

Another misspeak?  Another senior moment?  Or does just not really know what he’s talking about?

With these types of comments, it’s no wonder why Russia does not take the United States seriously.  Prime Minister Putin has already taken a very condescending tone towards the U.S. throwing our 21st century invasion of Iraq back in our face every chance he gets.  I guess this is something John McCain has missed or he might have chosen his words more carefully.

But then again he isn’t very good with words is he?