More from McCain’s interview with Chris Wallace:
MCCAIN: I mean, Senator Obama raised $150 million in — I understand, during the month of September, completely breaking whatever idea we had after Watergate to keep the costs and spending on campaigns under control — first time, first time since the Watergate scandal.
And I can tell you this, that has unleashed now in presidential campaigns a new flood of spending that will then cause a scandal, and then we will fix it again.
We’ll have to legislate against this ever happening again. How Maverick-y.
And finally, there’s $200 million of those campaign contributions — there’s no record. They’re not reported. You can report online now — $200 million that — that we don’t know where the money came from — a lot of strange things going on in this campaign.
The American people should know where every penny came from. They know where every penny of my campaign contributions came from.
Top donors to the McCain campaign:
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||$206,392|
|Credit Suisse Group||$175,503|
|Blank Rome LLP||$153,426|
|Greenberg Traurig LLP||$145,737|
|Bank of America||$133,975|
|Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher||$120,246|
|US Dept of Defense||$118,125|
If someone did in fact lie on the internet about who they were it wouldn’t be any different from lying about who they were through the mail. The average donation to Obama was $200. I’m a whole lot less worried about the "undue influence" of some $100 donor who didn’t correctly identify himself relative to that of AT&T or the Department of Defense.
The idea that his opponent’s low dollar contributions would be something that needed to be legislated against is, however, pure McCain.
Update: Rick Davis has scheduled a conference call today to talk about "the Obama campaign’s troubling lack of transparency." Advantage, Atrios.