Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Too bad he missed Prime Minister's Questions ...

Speaking of McCain, maybe someone will ask him at some point this week how he did at that $1,000-a-plate fundraiser in London on Friday.

What? You didn't know about it? Hmm ... oh, that's right ... mainstream media was too busy telling us about Obama's trip to the Virgin Islands to say much about it.

The Washington Post blog has the invitation, along with an interesting string of comments from people who argue about why McCain would seek to raise funds overseas.

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But there are plenty of ex-pats living in London (and one of my best friends is among them), so there is plenty of low-hanging American fruit, so to speak, to be harvested there.

But be that as it may, doesn't it just look bad for Mr. Campaign Finance Reform to be raising money overseas? After all, those Americans living in England -- or anywhere else abroad, for that matter -- who support McCain can certainly donate online.

The problem here is that there is no real assurance that the money being gathered is from American citizens, other than a line at the bottom of the donation form where the campaign asks for the obligatory certification that you are eligible to donate to a federal political campaign.

But what am I concerned about? We know that no one ever lies on FEC forms.