List of John McCain presidential campaign staff members, 2008

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List of persons holding prominent positions within the John McCain presidential campaign of 2008.

McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, said recently that his staff will eventually increase to about 450. By early July, 2008, it had opened 11 regional offices in key states and some 84 offices total across the country in a joint effort with the Republican National Committee.[1]

National leadership team[edit]

Persons listed on the John McCain for President website:[2]

Inner circle[edit]

According to John M. Broder, writing in the August 18, 2006, New York Times:[3]

Others joining later or listed in other sources include:

The Bush team[edit]

Policy advisers[edit]

Foreign policy advisors[edit]

In October 2007, the Washington Post listed the following as McCain's foreign policy advisers.[5]

Other advisers:

Economic policy advisors[edit]

From a July 12, 2007 press release:[9]

National Campaign Co-Chairs[edit]

National Finance Committee Co-chairs[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Senator Phil Gramm - General Co-chair, resigned July 18 after remarks calling Americans "whiners".[11]
  • Robert Zoellick
  • Tom Loeffler[12]
  • Susan E. Nelson, "continued to collect payments from [the Loeffler Group] this year while she was on the McCain-campaign payroll as its fund-raising coordinator"[13] The Loeffler Group is a lobbying firm that has "received $990,000 in lobbying fees and another $3,000 in expenses from the Saudi government".[14][15]
  • Mark McKinnon, citing a pledge not to work against an Obama candidacy.[16]
  • Doug Davenport and Doug Goodyear of the DCI Group resigned on May 10, 2008, after revelation of DCI's ties to the military junta in Myanmar. Davenport, the regional campaign manager for the mid-Atlantic states, founded the DCI Group's lobbying practice and oversaw the contract with Myanmar in 2002. Goodyear was asked to become convention CEO after campaign manager Rick Davis's lobbying firm partner, Paul Manafort, was nixed because of his own close ties to foreign governments and controversial companies[17]
  • Carlos Bonilla, economic policy advisor. Left in May 2008 after the campaign imposed new rules restricting the involvement of lobbyists.
  • Michael P. Dennehy, national political director and founder of the political consulting and lobbying firm The Dennehy Group.[18] Left in May 2007 explaining that his family obligations conflicted with his arduous, 24/7 political job in Washington, D.C.[19]

See also[edit]