McMahon Drops Fabulous Moolah on Campaign Manager

Posted December 17, 2009 at 9:00am

There’s some serious money to be made in Connecticut this cycle — where a blockbuster race to unseat Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D) is unfolding.

Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) is paying her campaign manager, David Cappiello, a salary of about $280,000 — possibly a record for campaigns in Connecticut.

It’s not unheard of for well-seasoned campaign talent to make top dollar or receive large bonuses. Presidential campaigns and statewide races in expensive states such as California have paid top advisers salaries in the high six figures. But several local Republicans said that Cappiello’s salary is likely one of the highest ever earned for a campaign in the Nutmeg State, and online records show it is almost twice the amount that managers from other Republican campaigns are making.