Costa Mesa Congressman Dana Rohrabacher gave his wife more than 50 percent of the campaign contributions he raised mostly from corporate sources during July, August and September, according to recently filed records at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in Washington.
The Committee to Re-Elect Congressman Dana Rohrabacher reported raising $21,925 during the three-month period and then paying Rhonda Rohrabacher $11,026.
Though Rohrabacher's Democratic Party challenger, Jay Shah, has more than two dozen spelling, typo and grammar errors on his campaign homepage along with zero contributions, the 12-term congressman from a historically solid Republican district pays his wife about $4,000 a month under the ruse that he needs a full-time campaign manager.
Since 2006, Rhonda has collected more than a quarter of a million dollars from her husband's campaign coffers, according to FEC records.
(Many of the contributions, er, income came from corporate entities--especially defense and space-exploration companies--that financially benefit from Rohrabacher's D.C. maneuverings.)
During that same period--and while most of the rest of the nation suffered economically, Dana gave his wife a whopping 40 percent in raises.
The congressman, a notorious cheapskate and rambling oddball who skipped Vietnam War military service but became a chicken hawk after he exceed the draft age, doesn't care how the money grab looks. It only inflates his own bank account.
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Rohrabacher--who grabs about $13,400 a month in public pay (not including generous free benefits)--originally ran for Congress in 1988 adamantly espousing the necessity of six-year term limits.
The anti-government, career politician found he couldn't leave the nation's capital once he got there or keep his promises.
He is presently campaigning for his 25th and 26th years in Washington.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly