McCain trying to buy votes for $1
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Jul 22, 2008, 00:21
(WMR) -- John
McCain still believes there is a country called �Czechoslovakia.� He also
obviously believes $1 still buys something in the United States.
recently received a solicitation for support from the McCain presidential
campaign. Before I tossed it, I noticed a window in the back of the envelope
with a brand new, crisp one dollar bill enclosed.
The mass mailing of one dollar bills to potential
contributors is right out of the Political Schlock 101 textbook and is an
indication as to the desperation of the McCain campaign, which recently
underwent another staff shake-up and �reinvention.� Something smacks of
old wine in new bottles with the faltering McCain campaign.
McCain must be having trouble raising funds because the
first sentence of his solicitation letter states: �I want you to know that I
don�t take sending you this $1 bill lightly.�
He continues, in a manner reminiscent of an old-fashioned
chain letter: �I understand that there is a chance that you will not send this
$1 bill back to me. But I�m willing to take that risk, because after all we�ve
been through together in this historic campaign, I believe I can count n you.�
Today I need you to send this $1 bill back to me along with $1,000 or $750 of
your own to help our campaign take the next crucial steps in this pivotal
The rest of McCain�s solicitation letter is full of typical
Republican and neocon tripe about �Jimmy Carter-style� energy policies,
socialized medicine, maintaining the �surge� in Iraq, and tax hikes.
The GOP and the McCain campaign have moved the old
Republican trick of handing out �walking around money� in political
campaigns right into the U.S. postal system. Not only is paying for votes
illegal but something tells me that the McCain campaign is treading very
closely to committing mail fraud by sending out dollar bills in return for
campaign contributions. Of course, some Gucci-shoed GOP attorneys have found
some way around the law, likely by having the McCain letter request the $1 bill
be returned. My $1 bill from McCain will not be returned, it will be framed as
an example of a desperate antic by a doomed campaign.
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