Some of this activity was so obvious, so transparently illegal that the McCain campaign was forced to stop:
John McCain's campaign asked a prominent Republican consultant, Craig Shirley, to leave his official campaign role Thursday after a Politico inquiry about Shirley's dual role consulting for the campaign and for an independent 527 group opposing the Democratic presidential candidates. The campaign also released a new conflict-of-interest policy barring such arrangements.This is just one well-documented example of John McCain's illegal collusion with 527 groups. There are many others.
Shirley, a conservative public relations veteran, doubled as a consultant to McCain and to Stop Her Now, a 527 group barred from coordinating its activities with presidential campaigns. He is not currently on the McCain campaign’s payroll but will also step down from his role on McCain’s Virginia Leadership Team said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers.
Sketchy fundraising parties.
Collusion in Virginia television attack ads.
Senior advisers working for both McCain and 527s.