How does an office manager and an Amtrack worker come up with 28K for campaign contributions?

Ten senior Hess Corporation executives and/or members of the Hess family each gave $28,500 to the joint RNC-McCain fundraising committee, just days after McCain reversed himself to favor offshore drilling, according to Federal Election Commission reports. Nine of these contributions, seven from Hess executives and two from members of the Hess family, came on the same day, June 24th, the records show. The total collected in the wake of McCain's reversal for the fund, called McCain Victory 2008, from Hess execs and family is $285,000. We were alerted to the contributions by Campaign Money Watch, a non-partisan group that tracks campaign contributions. The contributions were given a quick mention deep in a report the group issued late last week, but with no names or other details provided. The Hess contributions are clearly newsworthy on their own. The Washington Post reported last week that campaign contributions from oil industry execs rose in a big way in the last half of June, after McCain drew a huge amount of attention by reversing his opposition on June 16th to the federal ban on offshore drilling. These Hess contributions, however, hadn't been reported until now, and they will give more ammo to those arguing that McCain is being rewarded by campaign contributions in exchange for pro-industry positions. Here's a table detailing the contributions: J. Barclay Collins Hess Corp. Attorney $28,500 19-Jun John B. Hess Hess Corp. Executive $28,500 24-Jun Susan K. Hess Homemaker Homemaker $28,500 24-Jun Norma W. Hess Retired Retired $28,500 24-Jun John J. O'Connor Hess Corp. Executive $28,500 24-Jun Lawrence Ornstein Hess Corp. Senior VP $28,500 24-Jun John Reilly Hess Corp. Executive $28,500 24-Jun Alice Rocchio Hess Corp. Office Manager $28,500 24-Jun John Scelfo Hess Corp. Senior VP of Finance $28,500 24-Jun F. Borden Walker Hess Corp. Businessman $28,500 24-Jun Norma W. Hess is the widow of oil magnate and company founder Leon Hess, and Susan K. Hess is the wife of Hess chairman and CEO John Hess. Neither a spokesperson for Hess nor the McCain campaign immediately responded to requests for comment. More on this in a bit. Late Update: It turns out that $28,500 is the maximum that can be given to the RNC, but because this particular victory fund collects money via various channels, an individual donor can actually give more than that to it. I've edited out "maximum" from the headline. Obviously this doesn't change the story in any way. Late Late Update: A Hess office manager and her husband, an Amtrak worker, each chipped in $28,000 apiece, too. Late Late Late Update: Turns out that the office manager and her Amtrak husband rent their home in Flushing, Queens. Still Later Update: It's likely that the Amtrak worker makes considerably less than $100,000 a year.

Asked By: Greg - 8/5/2008
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Answered By: joeanimal - 8/5/2008
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This is great stuff, but do you have the source? Obama 08
Answered By: NoCain - 8/5/2008
I'd say someone was giving them the money to donate. Probably giving them a little pocket change, too. Dems get slammed for getting homeless to vote, but this isn't any better. Looks like Reps aren't lily white, either.
Answered By: blondeqtpie13 - 8/5/2008
Funny, you're rant says "Campaign Money Watch, a non-partisan group that tracks campaign contributions" and yet... "Campaign Money Watch is a liberal political advocacy organization and a project of Public Campaign Action Fund" Link here...
Answered By: dpj5 - 8/5/2008
dpj5 is the classic example of "if you don't like the message, attack the messenger... More
Answered By: Phil M - 8/5/2008
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