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Federal Employees Donate to Their New Boss

By Ed O'Keefe

The Obama-Biden Transition Project has earned $1,170,937.44 since it began accepting donations on Nov. 15 and among the 1,776 people that have donated, 35 are federal employees or members of the military. They have donated $5,925 basically to help their next boss, Barack Obama, prepare for his new job. All appear to be rank-and-file types and at least three work for the State Department, three for the Social Security Administration and three for USDA. (You can review the full list after the jump.)

These people donated as private citizens, not in concert with their work as Federal employees, but the Eye thinks it is interesting to see who is, essentially, kissing up to the new boss by helping him and his staff get ready for Washington.

The Transition Project is responsible for performing agency-by-agency reviews, picking government appointees and includes staff in Chicago and Washington, D.C. It does not accept financial contributions from corporations, labor unions, and political actions committees and caps donations at $5,000. Registered federal lobbyists and registered foreign agents also cannot donate.

Here's the list of federal employees and their employers as listed on the Obama-Biden Transition donor list:

Federal Employees' Donations to Obama-Biden Transition

Name Employer Hometown Donation
Eugene Aaron State Department Dulles, Va. $500.00
Nik Apostolides National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C. $25.00
Bill Brewner US Gov't - Federal Aviation Administration Larue, Texas $250.00
Ruby Burrell Social Security Administration Silver Spring, Md. $250.00
Khalaf Bushara Veterans Affairs Eden Prairie, Minn. $25.00
Piper Campbell US Dept of State Dulles, Va. $50.00
Mary Cogswell Federal Government Atlanta, Ga. $250.00
Kerry Connor Federal Defenders Munster, Ind. $250.00
Bill Brewner US Gov't - Federal Aviation Administration Larue, Texas $250.00
Alford Cooley State Department McLean, Va. $200.00
Katherine Dawes US Federal Government Washington, D.C. $250.00
David Devault US Fish and Wildlife Service Stillwater, Minn. $100.00
Bonita Edwards Dept of Defense Upper Marlboro, Md. $25.00
Irene Facha US Dept of HUD Maple Shade, N.J. $250.00
Herrick Fox USDA forest service Jackson, Wyo. $50.00
Andrew Gaeta U.S. Navy Fredericksburg, Va. $100.00
William Gardner Postal Service Springfield, Mo. $200.00
Eric Kirkendall U.S. Department Of Agriculture Olathe, Kan. $500.00
Walter Knausenberger US Dept State APO, AE $100.00
Kevin Lee US Army Hereford, Ariz. $250.00
Elizabeth Maloney Centers For Disease Control Atlanta, Ga. $100.00
Peggy Mastroianni US Equal Employment Opportunity Comm Washington, D.C. $200.00
B.J. McCoy Federal Government Little Rock, Ark. $250.00
Elizabeth Maloney Centers For Disease Control Atlanta, Ga. $100.00
Valerie Nicholson USDA Plano, Tex. $100.00
Vern Novstrup Navy Ventura, Calif. $100.00
Alan Oliver USPS Franklin Pk, Ill. $100.00
Derriziel Pierc DoD Anniston, Ala. $250.00
Alberto Rigau Social Security Administration Orlando, Fla. $100.00
Steve Silverman US Government Englewood, Colo. $200.00
Willie Sloan Dept Of Vet Affairs Spencer, N.C. $50.00
Tuwanda Smith US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Maryland, Md. $250.00
Sarah Spaulding US Geological Survey Boulder, Colo. $200.00
Maxine Stansell U.S. Gov't: FTC Seattle, Wash. $25.00
Josiah Starr U.S. Coast Guard Homer, La. $150.00
Anthony Thompson Social Security Administration Dallas, Texas $25.00
Irene Trowell-Harris Department Of Veterans Affairs Arlington, Va. $250.00

SOURCE: Obama-Biden Transition Project --

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 1, 2008; 2:45 PM ET
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You have got to be kidding. I am a Fed- but did not donate to the transition(yet). I did donate to the campaign(I was with Barack from the beginning -and yet he still has called me) but I am sure my contributions will not make any difference to my job. If you are a GS-the president and his team will never have any idea who you are and giving money in these amounts won't help you. Some of these people probably gave the money to get the nice T-shirt($30 got you one). I am sure they are supporting the transition because we are all in a hurry to have an intelligent, decent man as our President and as our boss.

Posted by: silverspring25 | December 1, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I am a retired federal employee who donated for President-elect Barack Obama because I believe he was the best candidate and the one who can change my former federal employer from being a very dysfunctional agency full of cronysim, nepotism, favoritsm, mismanagement and corruption.

Posted by: doctormiguel | December 2, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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