Tapping deep pockets of support

Mass. corporate bigwigs contribute more than $1m to Obama, McCain coffers

By Robert Weisman

Globe Staff / August 26, 2008


Sitting next to presidential candidate Barack Obama at a private lunch in 2006 at the UMass Club in downtown Boston closed the deal for Bob Sherman, comanaging partner at the Greenberg Traurig law firm. They chatted not about politics but about the difficulties of balancing the demands of work and family.

“It was two people talking about shared experience and problems,” recalled Sherman, who is now a member of Obama’s national finance committee. “I made an instant connection.”

Mike Crossen, partner at the Boston law firm Rubin and Rudman and national cochairman of finance for the John McCain campaign, said he was humbled when McCain – a former American prisoner of war in North Vietnam – called to thank Crossen’s wife for the couple’s work on his campaign.

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