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McCain Camp Gets Big Checks From Big Oil Execs

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Posted on Aug 4, 2008
McCain at Red Ribbon
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

John McCain is accompanied by his wife, Cindy, as he tours the Red Ribbon Ranch oil lease in Bakersfield, Calif., on July 28.

It’s not particularly surprising that oil executives at the Hess Corp. got a little excited when John McCain changed his position in June and called for offshore drilling, but it is interesting that the Hess brass, according to Talking Points Memo, apparently demonstrated their gratitude (cue cash register sound effect here) by writing some big checks to the McCain campaign.


Talking Points Memo:

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.

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By Nino Baldino, August 18, 2008 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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..its very important to have a vice president who follows the main mans line of thinking. Lincoln was stuck with a southener and when he was killed Johnson vetoed a civil rights bill by the Rupublicans that called for equal rights for the freed slaves. We must all pray for the safety of whomever wins this crucial election..america must be a nation of laws not outlaws..a nation where all pay taxes for school and medical expenses…a nation where all have the right to life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness…oh oh…sounds radical….spike that editor…

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By VietnamVet, August 7, 2008 at 9:43 am Link to this comment

Yeah, and he has the audacity to put out a political ad claiming to be a “maverick” that will take on “big oil!” But, at least we don’t hear a peep from him on those “family values” so touted to be part of those GOP positions. But, I guess when you have dumped one wife that had the misfortune to be disfigured, and then verbally abused his second, it IS kinda hard to harp on that issue, huh?

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By frlhv, August 5, 2008 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment
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OMG- Here’s another story MSM will never touch or report.
http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/08/hess_corporation_office_manage.php

Not as bad as the Crist 12 year old boy, Miami locker room story from 1983, but more damaging then the June McCain web ad mocking BO by putting his head on currency and Mt Rushmore, long before BO’s comments the other day.

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By Jim Yell, August 5, 2008 at 5:09 am Link to this comment
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It is a shame what ambition does to the small minded. It gets more clear that John McCain’s standing as an upright man was more to do with press releases than reality. His move to slime bag is disappointing as the country needs heroes. But than when one audits his hostile and dismissive views on women and that is just the tip, what more can be said.

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By Nino Baldino, August 4, 2008 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment
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Back in the 1880s Teddy Roosevelt found that insiders who rode the rails owned by the Harriman family recieved rebate checks in the mail…in his first presidential speech he condemned this practice and outlawed it..now its the Hannitys,OReillys,Rushs, and McCain etc who also get rebates…thats why they do not make a big deal out of this extortion..another Hobsons choice this time around…the establishment hands us these two puppets..

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