A nonprofit with ties to Senator John McCain received a $1 million donation from the government of Saudi Arabia in 2014, according to documents filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
The Arizona Republican has strictly honorary roles with the McCain Institute for International Leadership, a program at Arizona State University, and its fundraising arm, the McCain Institute Foundation, according to his office. But McCain has appeared at fundraising events for the institute and his Senate campaign’s fundraiser is listed in its tax returns as the contact person for the foundation.
Though federal law strictly bans foreign contributions to electoral campaigns, the restriction doesn’t apply to nonprofits engaged in policy, even those connected to a sitting lawmaker.
Groups critical of the current ethics laws say that McCain’s nonprofit effectively gives Saudi Arabia – or any other well-heeled interests – a means of making large donations to politicians it hopes to influence.
I have to wonder how many more politicians are taking money from foreign sources. The mear fact that it is allowed worries me because we have politicians who are run by special interests. In the question of McCain, he has supported sending troops into the Middle east to help “freedom fighters” who turn out to be enemies as well. Could McCain be helping some plot by Saudi Arabia?
This all boils down to are we having our government run from off shore.