The best President (illegal) money can buy

$61,000 in campaign contributions from an office manager for Hess Oil and her husband, a foreman for Amtrak. They live in an apartment in Queens; she drives a ’93 Chevy. If you think that money came out of their pockets and not their employer’s, do I have a bridge for you.

Someone should ask the McCain campaign whether it bothers him to take contributions obviously made from corporate funds, in violation of the campaign finance laws McCain is so proud of working on.

A Hess office manager and her husband, a foreman for Amtrak, who live in a rental unit in Queens while she drives a ’93 Chevy Cavalier, gave $61,000 to the McCain campaign and its RNC “Victory Fund.” Those contributions were back in June, before McCain abandoned his long-standing opposition to offshore drilling, and were part of a river of campaign cash coming from Big Oil to McCain before and after that flip-flop.

If you think that money actually came from the Rocchios and not from Hess or a Hess shareholder or executive, let’s talk about an investment in urban transportation infrastructure.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: