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#1    Lt_Ripley

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 08:43 PM



    * Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Did New York couple give $61,600 to McCain, GOP?


McCain oil from Campaign Watch

By Greg Gordon | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON Alice Rocchio is an office manager at the New York headquarters of the Hess Corp., drives a 1993 Chevy Cavalier and lives in an apartment in Queens, N.Y., with her husband, Pasquale, an Amtrak foreman.

Despite what appears to be a middle-class lifestyle, the couple has written $61,600 in checks to John McCain's presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee, most of it within days of McCain's decision to endorse offshore oil drilling.

At a June fundraiser, the Rocchios joined top executives at Hess Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Hess, his wife, Susan, his mother, Norma Hess, and six other officials in giving a total of $313,500 to a joint McCain-RNC fundraising committee, Federal Election Commission records show.

The donations, first traced by Campaign Money Watch last week, were part of $1.2 million in oil industry contributions to McCain's Victory '08 Committee, 73 percent coming after McCain reversed his long-held opposition to offshore oil drilling. The non-partisan watchdog group said oil executives and their spouses from Colorado, Mississippi, Louisiana, California, Indiana, New Jersey and Florida also donated.

Hess, among the nation's five biggest oil companies, conducts deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as well as off the coasts of Europe, Africa and Asia.

The Rocchios donated $4,600 to McCain's campaign in February and another $57,000 at the June fundraiser.

Alice Rocchio, reached at the office, confirmed that she registered her '93 Chevy in February, but said that she "absolutely'' used her own money to make the donations.

Moments later, she asked a reporter: "Are you done with your questions?''

A former FEC official said that it's possible that the Rocchios had the means to make those hefty contributions their first reported donations to a federal campaign. But the official, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, said that their donations also could trigger a complaint or otherwise catch the eyes of the agency's enforcement staff, tasked to ensure that companies or wealthy individuals don't illegally circumvent contribution limits by using employees or other third parties as "conduits'' for cash.

The staff might wish to determine whether the couple is too "under-employed'' to be making donations that large, the official said.

An agency spokesman declined to comment on the matter.

The McCain campaign had no immediate comment.

Of the $57,000 the Rocchios donated in June, $4,600 went to McCain's general election "compliance committee,'' to pay for campaign lawyers and auditors, and $52,400 went to the RNC, which devotes nearly all of its money to supporting McCain's presidential bid.

(Tish Wells contributed to this article.)

Read the Campaign Money Watch report



UPDATE: NEW REPORT RELEASED

On July 31, 2008, Campaign Money Watch released It's A Gusher: As John McCain Fights For Big Oil, They Open Their Wallets, a new report that features an in-depth analysis of how John McCain's campaign received an influx of Big Oil dollars after his June 16 reversal on offshore oil drilling. Download the PDF


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Posted 10 August 2008 - 02:33 AM

Lt_Ripley on Aug 9 2008, 03:43 PM, said:

* Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Did New York couple give $61,600 to McCain, GOP?


McCain oil from Campaign Watch

By Greg Gordon | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON Alice Rocchio is an office manager at the New York headquarters of the Hess Corp., drives a 1993 Chevy Cavalier and lives in an apartment in Queens, N.Y., with her husband, Pasquale, an Amtrak foreman.

Despite what appears to be a middle-class lifestyle, the couple has written $61,600 in checks to John McCain's presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee, most of it within days of McCain's decision to endorse offshore oil drilling.

At a June fundraiser, the Rocchios joined top executives at Hess Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Hess, his wife, Susan, his mother, Norma Hess, and six other officials in giving a total of $313,500 to a joint McCain-RNC fundraising committee, Federal Election Commission records show.

The donations, first traced by Campaign Money Watch last week, were part of $1.2 million in oil industry contributions to McCain's Victory '08 Committee, 73 percent coming after McCain reversed his long-held opposition to offshore oil drilling. The non-partisan watchdog group said oil executives and their spouses from Colorado, Mississippi, Louisiana, California, Indiana, New Jersey and Florida also donated.

Hess, among the nation's five biggest oil companies, conducts deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as well as off the coasts of Europe, Africa and Asia.

The Rocchios donated $4,600 to McCain's campaign in February and another $57,000 at the June fundraiser.

Alice Rocchio, reached at the office, confirmed that she registered her '93 Chevy in February, but said that she "absolutely'' used her own money to make the donations.

Moments later, she asked a reporter: "Are you done with your questions?''

A former FEC official said that it's possible that the Rocchios had the means to make those hefty contributions their first reported donations to a federal campaign. But the official, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, said that their donations also could trigger a complaint or otherwise catch the eyes of the agency's enforcement staff, tasked to ensure that companies or wealthy individuals don't illegally circumvent contribution limits by using employees or other third parties as "conduits'' for cash.

The staff might wish to determine whether the couple is too "under-employed'' to be making donations that large, the official said.

An agency spokesman declined to comment on the matter.

The McCain campaign had no immediate comment.

Of the $57,000 the Rocchios donated in June, $4,600 went to McCain's general election "compliance committee,'' to pay for campaign lawyers and auditors, and $52,400 went to the RNC, which devotes nearly all of its money to supporting McCain's presidential bid.

(Tish Wells contributed to this article.)

Read the Campaign Money Watch report



UPDATE: NEW REPORT RELEASED

On July 31, 2008, Campaign Money Watch released It's A Gusher: As John McCain Fights For Big Oil, They Open Their Wallets, a new report that features an in-depth analysis of how John McCain's campaign received an influx of Big Oil dollars after his June 16 reversal on offshore oil drilling. Download the PDF



Before anyone replies how much is obama getting from big oil.


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#3    Lt_Ripley

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 04:50 AM

danielost on Aug 9 2008, 10:33 PM, said:

Before anyone replies how much is obama getting from big oil.


don't know .......... why don't you find those numbers ?


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Posted 10 August 2008 - 05:05 AM

Lt_Ripley on Aug 9 2008, 11:50 PM, said:

don't know .......... why don't you find those numbers ?

Can't you just copy and paste some more propaganda?

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 08:23 AM

Incorrigible1 on Aug 10 2008, 01:05 AM, said:

Can't you just copy and paste some more propaganda?


propaganda = what mccaint spews out. what bush spews out. what fox news spews out.

you just can't handle facts. now go back and bury your head in the sand.





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