McClatchy has picked up the story of the possible "straw man" donations from Hess oil
, the office manager and her Amtrak foreman husband who gave $61,000 to the McCain campaign.
And, today, we have a WaPo frontpager
on McCain bundler which seems to have the clear implication of many, many more "straw man" donations to McCain.
: FirstRead/NBC points out
that the bundler in the WaPo article made all his money through some questionable bidding practices on shipping oil into Iraq.)
Separate from the legal issues, if this "breaks through", it could be politically explosive in that it reinforces the "rich Republicans trying to buy the election" narrative undermining several of McCain's policy points on tax cuts, energy, business regulation, and reinforces the corrupt GOP narrative.
If this "breaks through," it turns him into a regular Republican.
(This might well be going on in the Obama campaign, too, but we're yet to hear of it.
The NYTimes has a frontpager
on Obama's big donors saying 1/3 of his money comes from $1,000 or more donations, but doesn't that also mean 2/3 comes from $1,000 or less?)Semi-related
: It's also notable that the Swiftboaters are trying to come back
, but their money man and backer, T. Boone Pickens, is nowhere to be found among Republican moneymen. He's pushing his own energy plan, and saying nice things about Obama