A Tale Of Two Campaigns

While Obama is speaking to 75,000 people and Hillary is making the donut shop circuit, John McCain is losing campaign staff to lobbying controversies. The so called “tough on lobbying” candidate has lost his 5th staffer over the past week because of their lobbying ties.

He is the fifth person to sever ties with the campaign amid a growing concern over whether lobbyists have too great an influence over the Republican nominee. Last week, campaign manager Rick Davis issued a new policy that requires all campaign personnel to either resign or sever ties with lobbying firms or outside political groups.

To add insult to injury the latest resignation will also hamper his already lagging campaign funding, the guy that quit was his key fund-raiser.

To confront the Obama juggernaut, Senator John McCain, whose fund-raising has badly trailed that of his Democratic counterparts — and whose efforts suffered a blow this weekend when a key fund-raiser, Tom Loeffler, resigned because of a new campaign policy on conflicts of interest — is leaning on the Republican National Committee.

So what’s next for McCain? He will attempt to get fund-raising help from the most unpopular President in history.

To that end, Republican officials said they were enlisting President Bush, a formidable fund-raiser who has raised more than $36 million this year for Republican candidates and committees, for three events on Mr. McCain’s behalf.

Can two campaigns be going so differently?

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