McCain’s campaign for change is fueled by same old money machine

By Laurie Bennett

September 5, 2008 at 11:46am

In accepting the GOP nomination for president last night, John McCain pledged to run as an iconoclast who will shake things up in Washington.

His reputation as a maverick and his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate would signal that McCain is bringing change to the Republican Party.

But his campaign money machine sends a different message.

As they say in Casablanca, “Round up the usual suspects.”

The map above shows McCain bundlers who were also major supporters of George W. Bush in 2004. Because individual contributions are capped at $2,300 for the general election, bundlers - influential people who persuade friends, family and colleagues to contribute to a campaign - play a major role in presidential politics.

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Robert A. Mosbacher, former Commerce secretary and a friend of George H.W. Bush, is a bundler as well as general chairman of the campaign.

Other heavy hitters include:

The McCain campaign has released a list of bundlers who have raised $50,000 or more. Of the 450 names listed, 63 have raised at least $500,000.

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  • #1.   Wondering_Aloud 09.07.2008

    McCain has over 500 fundraisers and you found less than 100 the same as Bush. What does that mean?

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