Oct. 20, 2008, "McCain camp hits up Russian envoy," Politico, Ben Smith
"The Russian Mission to the United
Nations has released a
standard-issue fundraising letter [from U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain]...addressed
to the Russian envoy to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, at the mission's
address, but without his title....Bakhtin [press secretary of the Russian mission] confirmed the story to Politico...."We just
find it amusing," he said....The Russian newswire RIA-Novosti tells it:"...
Russian newswire RIA-Novosti article linked above:
10/20/2008, "Russian UN mission gets letter from McCain seeking campaign cash," sputnicknews.com
NATIONS, October 20 (RIA Novosti) - 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
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.
Legal barriers aside, the request and the official response from the
Russian mission appear even more confusing in the light of McCain's
overall negative attitude toward Russia.
Last year (2007) he said the G8 should exclude Russia, citing "diminishing
political freedoms, a leadership dominated by a clique of former
intelligence officers, [and] efforts to bully democratic neighbors."
On August 12, during the brief conflict between Russia and Georgia in
its breakaway region of South Ossetia, McCain said he had told Georgian
President Mikheil Saakashvili: "I know I speak for every American when I
say to him, 'Today, we are all Georgians.'''
The Gallup Poll daily tracking survey on Sunday showed Democrat Barack
Obama leading McCain nationally by 10 percentage points, 52-42."
Thursday, February 23, 2017
John McCain solicited illegal contribution from Russian official to his 2008 US presidential campaign. It was illegal of him to solicit a private donation since he opted for public financing. It's also illegal to accept donations from foreign nationals-Politico, Oct. 20, 2008
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