Fun Developing Story at TPM
If you haven’t seen it, take a look at what the folks at TPM have been digging up about the oil company execs who gave to McCain’s campaign right after he called for offshore drilling:
Ten Hess Corporation executives and Hess family members each gave $28,500 to the RNC’s committee to elect John McCain president, just days after he reversed his previous opposition to offshore drilling.
But the story gets better.
It turns out that Hess executives aren’t the only ones who gave such huge sums to elect McCain — generosity towards McCain apparently extends down into lower levels of Hess staff. A lower level employee gave the same, too, and so did her husband, even though he works for Amtrak.
The FEC filings show that Alice Rocchio, who’s identified as a Hess office manager, and her husband, Pasquale Rocchio, who’s described as an Amtrak “track foreman,” each separately donated $28,500 to the RNC-McCain fund, which is called McCain Victory 2008. They gave the money on June 24th, the same day that the ten Hess execs and family members each shelled out the same amount.
So the Rocchios, who live in Flushing, Queens, donated a total of $57,000 to McCain’s efforts.
A lot more at TPM Election Central with some updates coming through.
UPDATE: More on this now – it’s getting more and more fun. Spread it around to all you know.