List of John McCain 2008 presidential campaign staff members

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John McCain was the Republican Party candidate for President of the United States in 2008. Rick Davis, his campaign manager, projected at one point[when?] that his staff would 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 New York Times reporter John M. Broder:[3]

Others joining later or listed in other sources include:

The Bush team[edit]

Policy advisers[edit]

Foreign policy advisers[edit]

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

Other advisers:

Economic policy advisers[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 adviser. 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]


  1. ^ Obama's paid staff dwarfing McCain's
  2. ^ John McCain 2008 - John McCain for President
  3. ^ Broder, John M. (August 21, 2006). "McCain Mines Elite of G.O.P. for 2008 Team". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  4. ^ Balz, Dan; Shear, Michael D. (July 3, 2008). "McCain Puts New Strategist Atop Campaign". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  5. ^ The Washington Post
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ a b The New York Times
  8. ^ The Guardian
  9. ^ Senator McCain Announces Economic Advisors, John McCain 2008 Press Release]
  10. ^[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Woellert, Lorraine (2008-07-18). "Gramm Steps Down as McCain Co-Chair After `Whiners' Remark". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
  12. ^ The New York Times Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  13. ^ WSJ, "Democratic Group Tries to Keep Spotlight on McCain's Lobbyist Ties"
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  16. ^ Rutenberg, Jim (May 21, 2008). "Keeping Vow on Obama, McCain Adviser Resigns". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  17. ^ A Second McCain Aide Resigns, The Atlantic, May 11, 2008
  18. ^ Concord Monitor: Dennehy on the job for McCain. December 30, 2006.
  19. ^ url = Archived 2008-09-05 at the Wayback Machine