Politics & Government

McCain reviewing donations' propriety

John McCain's campaign on Thursday began reviewing donations brought in by the head of a Florida oil trading company following disclosures that his business partner, a foreign citizen, also may have engaged in fundraising.

The campaign is looking into hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions to make sure that they are appropriate, a spokesman said.

The campaign sent a letter spelling out legal requirements to all donors who sent their contributions through Harry Sargeant III, the finance chairman of the Florida Republican Party.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Sargeant allowed a longtime business partner, Mustafa Abu Naba'a, to bring in some $50,000 in donations in March from members of a single extended family, the Abdullahs, in California, along with several of their friends.

It's illegal for foreigners to contribute their own money to U.S. campaigns.

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said Mustafa Abu Naba'a is not a bundler for the campaign, although Sargeant is.

“He wasn't registered, and he hasn't contributed,” Rogers said of Mustafa Abu Naba'a.

According to the Times, Abu Naba'a is a dual citizen of Jordan and the Dominican Republic.

The campaign letter to donors notes that federal law bars contributions from foreign nationals and that donations cannot be reimbursed.

Eight months ago, a top fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, Norman Hsu, was indicted on charges he made contributions to various political candidates in the names of others.