Wednesday, August 06, 2008

McCain Likes to Bundle

The latest questionable fundraising craze to sweep through the 2008 Presidential campaign is the practice of "bundling." Let's find out more about the man (and close McCain associate) at the center of it all:

Harry Sargeant III, a former naval officer and the owner of an oil-trading company that recently inked defense contracts potentially worth more than $1 billion, is the archetype of a modern presidential money man. The law forbids high-level supporters from writing huge checks, but with help from friends in the Middle East and the former chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit -- who now serves as a consultant to his company -- Sargeant has raised more than $100,000 for three presidential candidates from a collection of ordinary people, several of whom professed little interest in the outcome of the election.

After initially helping to raise money for former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a Republican, and Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sargeant, 50, has emerged as a major player in Florida fundraising for McCain. He has also become a conduit between McCain and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R), who was Sargeant's college fraternity brother and remains a close friend.
So let's sum up this whole story; gay Governor Charlie Christ's frat brother is a defense contractor who is raising money for John McCain from anonymous middle eastern people who aren't registered to vote so that Charlie Christ can loose the November election as John McCain's running mate. Simple. No?