All of Orange County's major congressional campaigns recently filed mandatory financial disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C. and there are interesting nuggets of information about the candidates and the notable interests that support them.
For example: Which OC candidates got money from Newport Coast horror writer Dean Koontz or controversial Pittsburgh publishing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife?
Notable: Paid legendary Washington, D.C. Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart $20,000 for polling.
48th Congressional District:
Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher (Republican) Total Contributions: $41,565 Cash on Hand: $228,241 Notable: Diverted 28 percent of contributions to his own bank account in the name of his wife for alleged campaign work, and is taking money from a drone company executive.
Ron Varasteh (Democrat) Total Contributions: $6,144 Cash on Hand: -$1,950 Notable: Democratic consultant Melahat Rafiei was one of just four reportable contributions.
Notable: Received contributions from Laguna Beach resident Virginia Ueberroth, wife of former Major League Baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth; and an illegal $500 from a prohibited corporate source, Villa Park Farms.
Jerry Hayden (Republican) Total Contributions: $48,440 Cash on Hand: $27,298 Notable: Received no reportable contributions from anyone in the congressional district; most contributions came from Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, or out of state.
Notable: The AFL-CIO, Comcast Corporate PAC, Yahoo! Inc. PAC, Time Warner Inc. PAC, Verizon Communications Inc. PAC, Home Depot Inc. PAC, SeaWorld Parks PAC and American Federation of Teachers contributed.
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