McCain gives $1 million to Senate Republican candidates

WASHINGTON Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:45pm EDT

Senator John McCain speaks at the Reuters Washington Summit September 20, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Senator John McCain speaks at the Reuters Washington Summit September 20, 2010.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain is donating $1 million left over from his 2008 presidential campaign to help Senate Republican candidates ahead of the November 2 elections, aides said on Wednesday.

McCain's donation to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which distributes funds for Senate Republican candidates, was described as the biggest transfer of funds by any Republican lawmaker to the committee this election cycle.

Republicans appear headed for big gains in the U.S. Senate in the November 2 congressional elections, but seem unlikely to win a majority. Democrats currently hold a 59-41 advantage. Polls show Republicans leading in races that could give them a net gain of eight seats.

"On the Democratic side, they have the president raising money for them, they have 59 senators and we have 41. This type of support from Sen. McCain is incredibly helpful and we deeply appreciate his support," said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

McCain lost the 2008 election to President Barack Obama and this year is running for re-election to his Senate seat representing Arizona. He fended off a challenge from a conservative former talk radio host and won the Republican nomination in August and is likely to win on November 2.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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fromthecenter wrote:
Does anyone really believe that the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent in the current year around campaign climate are because the politicians want to do what is best for our country? When will this madness ever stop? Is the only answer term limits? Obviously these pigs at the trough will never agree to term limits, even if there was some way to implement them, would they take even less time to fatten their sponsors wallets and their own?

Sep 29, 2010 3:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
btfbonzo wrote:
How about donating that money to a small business association so they could use it to create jobs, or give it a few families so they can reduce their mortgage to a point to where they can afford to stay in their house?

Sep 29, 2010 11:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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