Perhaps the biggest name in the Arizona political scene is senator John McCain, who competed against current president Barrack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. McCain has established a solid political base in the “sunshine state” as he has consistently been reelected since he assumed office as senator in 1987. Inseparable to McCain’s success as a politician has been his ability to raise funds from particular donors. The website OpenSecrets.org serves the function of demystifying specifically who is providing financial support for politicians within the U.S. It is based upon the data compiled on this website that we will peak into the financiers of Arizona Senator John McCain.
In the 2010 election year cycle, McCain raised a whopping twenty-one million dollars. The amount raised by McCain was roughly seventeen million dollars over the national average of four million. Such a substantial difference hints to his veteran ability to develop ties with the people in Arizona, politicians, and industry leaders. Of the money raised, McCain received his largest contribution of one million from the retirement industry, all of which came from individuals. This statistic possibly highlights his closeness to the elderly community in Arizona. Second on his list of industry contributers was real estate, and third was lawyers and law firms. While McCain may like to present himself as a man of the common folk, all three of McCain’s top industry contributors disclose his connection with an middle and upper class. Finally, an interesting leading industry contributer to McCain was “Pro-Israel,” which donated one hundred and thirty thousand dollars. Suffice it to say that such a contribution alludes to what type of foreign policy alinements the Senator holds.
McCain’s expenditures show him supplying the Country First PAC with nearly three million dollars. This political action committee is meant to work for republican causes. Supposedly, the PAC is...
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