Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Fundraising Fish Story?

Of course we all know that our campaign finance laws are perfect and any that appear to be a bit off are usually just coincidence right?  You know like this couple that donated $61,600 dollars to the McCain campaign and the RNC.
Alice Rocchio is an office manager, 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

Ok, something a bit fishy about this but I guess it is possible. Oh, Did I mention fishy? Let me add the part of the above quote I left out.
Alice Rocchio is an office manager at the New York headquarters of the Hess Corp. (emphasis mine)

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. (emphasis mine)

Does the Hess Oil Company ring a bell? How about this story on Hess related contributions that went to the RNC and McCain just after his about face to refresh your memory.
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

So a couple that apparently can hardly afford a $61,000 donation with ties to Hess happens to donate the money a few days after McCain changes his position on offshore drilling and around the same time various members of the Hess family and corporation just so happen to also donate boatloads of cash?

Nothing whatsoever fishy there. Can I get some tartar sauce to go with this?

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