Think that $25 or $100 bucks you gave your favorite candidate has some effect? It may have a little. But for perspective into just how little, Following is documentation of how an entity few have heard of appears to have influenced our representatives in ways We The Taxpaying People could never even imagine:
MarcellusMoney reports that S.W. Jack Drilling, Co. (Jack) made $804,854.00 in “Total Contributions” to PA politics. This is supported by Common Cause’s 2010 report “Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets”, which found SW Jack Drilling was the top donor in the Pennsylvania 2010 state election, giving over $1 million in Republican campaign contributions.
Jack is widely reportedly as defunct, and its assets as liquidated. Its former website, http://www.swjackdrilling.com is not currently functional.
Christine Toretti, listed in campaign finance reports as its Owner, appears to be Christine J. Olson, CEO & Chairman. Philly.com reports that she gave about $15,000 in air fare and hotels for Governor-elect Corbett’s campaign, and was coincidentally appointed to serve on Gov-elect Corbett’s transition team. In 2010, Politics Magazine named her one of the most influential Republicans in Pennsylvania.
Christine Toretti (March 30, 2016, PennLive)
SourceWatch reports that former Jack President and COO James (Jim) McElwain is one of the founders and first President of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania, better known by its acronym, PIOGA. This has not been independently verified, but PIOGA is listed in MarcellusMoney as having given $90,710.00 to PA political campaigns, and having spent $454,762 lobbying PA government.
Not bad for a couple of hard-working drillers.