WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Two convicted felons and Mafia rainmakers put their money where their mouths were with generous donations to President Bush's re-election campaign.
Federal Election Commission records show John Staluppi and John Rosatti, multimillionaire owners of car dealerships in New York and Florida and reputed leading figures in the Colombo crime syndicate, each gave the Bush-Cheney ticket the maximum individual donation of $2,000.
The pair helped finance an insurgent Colombo faction that once sought to dethrone imprisoned boss Carmine "The Snake" Persico, TheSmokingGun reports. They later switched back to the Persico camp after a jailhouse heart-to-heart with mob boss, Dominick "Donny Shacks" Montemarano.
The pair's role with the Colombo family has been discussed by several turncoat Colombo family members, including ex-captain Salvatore Miciotta, who spoke about Staluppi and Rosatti during 1993 FBI debriefings.