The Note: McCain's Mojo

"Harry Sargeant III, a former naval officer and the owner of an oil-trading company that recently inked defense contracts potentially worth more than $1 billion, is the archetype of a modern presidential money man," Mosk continues. "Sargeant has raised more than $100,000 for three presidential candidates from a collection of ordinary people, several of whom professed little interest in the outcome of the election."

More Hess scrutiny: "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," McClatchy's Greg Gordon reports. "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."

Welcome to Ohio, Sen. McCain: "When Republican presidential candidate John McCain meets Thursday with citizens and officials in Wilmington, Ohio, he won't need a playbook to understand why they're worried about deep job losses at the local freight airport," Stephen Koff writs in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Little known to those citizens, McCain and his campaign manager, Rick Davis, played roles in the fate of DHL Express and its Ohio air park as far back as 2003. Back then, however, their actions that helped DHL and its German owner, Deutsche Post World Net, acquire the Wilmington operations resulted in expansion, not retraction."

They're still stirring on the Hill -- and Newt Gingrich is set to join the fun Wednesday. ABC's Dean Norland reports that House Republicans brought a sign with them Tuesday: "NANCY PELOSI -- WE'RE HERE, WHERE ARE YOU?"

Roll Call's Steven T. Dennis: "Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) showed no signs of bowing to Republican demands that she call the House back for votes on oil and gas drilling Tuesday, despite a new round of attacks from GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and the third straight day of protest speeches on the House floor."

(They're having so much fun, they might just keep it going up through the Democratic National Convention.)

New pushback from the DNC, on (what else?) energy. Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., on Wednesday kicks off a new "presidential" campaign for the party: Exxon-McCain '08. They've got a check for seed money, yard signs,, bumper stickers, and buttons.

Says RNC spokesman Alex Conant: "The $2.8 billion that Obama gave the oil companies in the '05 energy bill would have bought a lot of tire gauges."

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is set to make good on her pledge to campaign for Obama -- starting Friday, when Obama steps off the continent. "While Clinton and Obama remain locked in negotiations over exactly what her future role will be, she'll hop a plane for South Florida and Nevada to stump solo for the first time for her former foe," Michael McAuliff writes in the New York Daily News.

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