Clinton Funders Might Resort to Outside Ads

Legal issues unclear; meanwhile, McCain nabs top Bush-backer
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 4:01 PM CST

(Newser) – Concerned about Hillary’s wallet, some big Clinton funders may resort to running ads on her behalf through independent organizations, the Wall Street Journal reports. Several, including Esprit founder Susie Tompkins Buell, are exploring the move, which would require them to sever ties with the campaign. Even if they did, the Federal Election Commission might still judge such efforts to violate rules. Said one lawyer, “It’s a risky, highly regulated, uncertain area.”

Meanwhile, John McCain brought aboard the executive who helped George Bush raise $273 million in 2004. Mercer Reynolds’ hiring was seen as a sign that the Republican financial establishment was moving toward Mac, the New York Times reports; he has serious sway with the big-money "Pioneers" and "Rangers" of the '04 race. McCain’s advisers said donors would once again earn honorary titles.