McCain Announces

Arizona Senator John McCain made it official today by announcing that he will be seeking the Presidency in 2008. The event took place in New Hampshire, not Arizona (story).

Of course, this happens on the day the US Supreme Court raises doubts on the consitutionality of the Senator’s infamous campaign finance “reform” act.

The Justices on the Supreme Court are not the only ones raising doubts about Senator McCain’s activities. This blogger will go out on a limb at this time and predict that Arizona’s senior senator will not finish the campaign.

In a post by Matt Lewis, the Senator has spent most of the campaign’s money on consultants. According to Lewis’ post, “While Senator McCain prided himself on being a Spending Hawk, his campaign was, in fact, spending money on consultants like “a drunken sailor.”

Campaign finance reports demonstrate that the McCain campaign paid one fundraising consultant named Carla Eudy an average of $20K/month depleting the $12.5 Million it raised to just over $5 Million. Lewis continues, “Certainly, Eudy wasn’t the only high-paid McCain consultant.  But her fee was indicative of a campaign that spent almost half of what they raised.  While much has been made over McCain’s anemic fundraising numbers, the amount of money being paid to high-priced consultants is perhaps, more concerning.”

What is more interesting is that the McCain campaign has decided to replace Eudy in the fundraising department. Perhaps, they’ll do better with a new hired gun raising and spending the money.

Ah, the irony of the high court’s doubts on campaign finance reform and the fundraising woes of Arizona’s senior senator.


  1. When you think about it, the amounts contributed to campaigns by corporations, etc., and the amounts paid to lobbyists are part of a cycle of political power that is closed to most Americans. Breaking that cycle, or even cracking it, could return a degree of influence to American voters that they haven’t enjoyed in years.

  2. kralmajales says

    Yeah…Ive been trying to think about why such the Ire and anger about McCain-Feingold. Well Just6dollars is right. What this is about is that corporations and wealthy billionaires were able to donate tons of money prior to McCain-Feingold to “grass-roots” conservative organizations. Many were built, not from the ground up, but from the sponsorship of these money networks. The rise and FALL of Ralph Reed is proof-pudding of this…as is the Abramoffs…etc. etc.

    Any other reasons that McCain-Feingold is such an afront? Is is just about the money here folks? Principle?

    I still think…over and over…that unless Thomspons comes along to the rescue that McCain is bar none the most conservative of those in this race on your side. That might not be good enough.

    Oh…and I think I agree with the rest of this post. His strength in South Carolina and ties to Lindsay Graham have always made me believe that he could still do it, but not…I’m not sure. He used to draw independents in open primary states…he won’t this time…no way in hell….with that war stance.


  3. The cost of a campaign has become so enormous that the reliance on contributions of individuals alone makes it difficult to compete. The multiple venues of information require a knowledge source that relates to the demographics and application of all opportunities to get the message out to those who can be swayed to your corner. Then to use the knowledge and turn it into actual practice is even more costly. Once the first second of air time is purchased, the price shoots up and continues to climb daily. If you don’t buy loads of commercial air time up front at the “today” price, it is likely you won’t be able to meet your needs near the end. Either it is all bought up or it is so costly that it limits the amount of air time a campaign can afford.

    We have become a society that is not content to know about the educational and professional experience and abilities of our candidates. We now must know who cuts their hair, what kind of car they drive, who was their date for Senior Prom, and their choice of fast food or not. Every aspect of every day is fair game in this hyper frenzied tell all and want more culture. In the hoopla of all the attention, somehow the main message must be delivered. All the talking heads with their own perspective that is presented as news, the ever present photojournalists, and of course, blogs can be as counter productive to a campaign as the other candidate and must be a vital part of the strategy of any modern campaign.

    As for Senator McCain specifically, if his campaign is using the money early on to develop an information base and establish a solid vision of how to go forward and develop a definitive plan; this could be a good strategy. If it is moving form corner to corner with no real direction the clock is more than ticking. As for McCain-Feingold, any attempt to control the who and how of campaign finance should not infringe on the ability of Americans to exercise their free speech. Perhaps that could be the problem; Senator McCain may be realizing that to accomplish the task at hand under the rules he established ain’t so easy after all.

    And yes, I too am still holding out for Thompson.

  4. I found it very interesting that Randy Pullen was not only at Senator McCain’s Tempe Announcement on Sat., but he also sat prominently on stage in support of Senator McCain!!

    Ironically enough, he ran his Arizona State Chairman’s race with the Anti-McCain crowd. Its good to see that he’s come to his senses. No doubt this has causeed questioning down at State GOP Party headquarters with the rest of the Anti-McCain folks.

  5. John Q. Public says

    No, Julie, there are no questions regarding Pullen’s posture as it relates to McCain.
    Although I would never personally support Senator Duplicity, Pullen is the chair of the state GOP–that’s ALL of us. He is a highly intelligent man of great principle, and certainly understands that McCain, at least for the time being, is our AZ horse in the presidential race. Pullen has also scheduled McCain for a future Trunk & Tusk dinner event.

    Although you are correct that the McCain crowd was no friend of his during the state chairmanship election, Pullen has exhibited more class and political savvy than he was shown. He didn’t have to “come to his senses,” as you phrased it. He has “senses,” smarts and dignity in abundance.

    Incidentally, did you read what one of the McCain crowd is now doing to gut party financial contributions, while enhancing his own?

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