Fundraiser Taps Questionable Network

Donors to McCain, others aren't registered voters, had never given
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2008 3:55 PM CDT
Check bundler Harry Sargeant (not shown) has been able to pull in substantial contributions to the McCain campaign from an unlikely network of ostensibly uninvolved people.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – A flurry of campaign contributions to John McCain were procured from an unlikely network of ordinary people with no clear political agenda, the Washington Post reports. The contributors were recruited to write checks for the legal limit of $2,300 by Harry Sargeant, a former naval officer turned oil executive with an extensive list of contacts in the Middle East.

Sargeant has tapped this network of middle-class people—some of whom are not even registered to vote—to pull in over $100,000 for three major candidates, both Democrats and Republicans. Sargeant was vague when asked about his fundraising, saying "I ask my friends to support candidates that I think are worthy of supporting. They usually come through for me."