The NY Times seems to think the political contributions of the sacked CIA officer are significant, but their investigative skills are apparently a bit rusty, since they are about $7,500 light in their reporting. From David Johnston and Scott Shane we get this:
Public records show that Ms. McCarthy contributed $2,000 in 2004 to the presidential campaign of John Kerry, the Democratic nominee.
I applaud their instinct to look in this direction at all. However, per public records at Open Secrets, we can easily find the $2,000 donation to Kerry, a $5,000 donation by Mary O. McCarthy to the Ohio DNC, a $2,000 donation by a Michael J McCarthy from the same address (Husband, brother, bro-in-law, dad? I'll guess hubby), and a $500 donation to Barbara Mikulski, all in 2004. $9,500 in 2004 donations from two folks who have reported almost nothing before that. Might be a story there, if the Times could find it. But will the Times try to follow the money?
The FEC website has more info, including home addresses, in their searches.
UPDATE: If it is worth reporting, it is worth getting right - David Cloud follows up for the Times on Saturday, and still scores an "incomplete", twice:
Others said it was possible that Ms. McCarthy — who made a contribution to Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004 — had grown increasingly disenchanted with the methods adopted by the Bush administration for handling Qaeda prisoners.
And a bit later:
Several associates of Ms. McCarthy said she returned to the C.I.A. in 2004, taking a job in the inspector general's office. That year, public records show, she contributed $2,000 to Mr. Kerry's presidential campaign, identifying herself as a "government analyst."
This is simply not this difficult.