Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's Wife Took 50% of Congressional Campaign Contributions

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Rohrabacher: Campaign contributions land in family bank account
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.

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

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Yen
Yen

This man is a criminal that needs to be accountable. I saw a debate between him a nd Jim Brant an people boooood him! Ugh! Makes me sick to my stomach. Thanks for the awesome report!

Briansays
Briansays

jeez from just the caption it sounded like they were getting divorced and he was just gifting her 1/2 of the funds the corporations and wingnuts give him to keep him sufficiently bought

Younglawyers
Younglawyers

This is such old news.  The OC Register ran stories on this 5 years ago.  Why don't you do a follow-up on all the lowlife liberal Democrat Congressmen and Senators that are doing the exact same thing.

Jokerman949
Jokerman949

A Democrat would never do this? Face it - they're ALL gaming the system. Take back America: Vote out all incumbents in 2012

God
God

This guys is slimy, dirty and corrupt.  He will say anything to get elected and stay elected.  He is drunk half the time, and the other half the time, he is angry.

Gericault
Gericault

The sordid practice turns every one of his campaign donations into a form of personal bribes.The donor gives money to the campaign, the campaign pays Rhonda Rohrbacher, Rhonda puts it in her and Danas joint checking account. What could ever be wrong with that?

Alexi
Alexi

Rhonda (Carmony) Rohrbacher???  Lest you forget Mr. Moxley that she was the person who engineered the scandal that got Scott Baugh elected to the Assembly in the Doris Allen Recall???  Any political operative who can pull off that kind of underhanded political thuggery AND GET AWAY WITH IT is worth twice that...esp. in OC!!!

Michael Moon
Michael Moon

Mr. Rohrbacher is a member of the 'good ol boys' Republican club of the O.C. He's been seen at Gary Monahans bar in Costa Mesa helping raise funds for Garys reelection (this would be the 6th or 7th term for Mr. Monahan). He's been seen in Dana Point speaking to 'the faithful'. 

He just hasn't been seen creating any jobs, other than his own. In my experience he is nearly  useless to Orange County.

I'm sure Alan Mansoor (among others) would love a crack at Dana's job, the benefits, and pay that go with it. 

Suz
Suz

Dana Rohrabacher is my congressman and I'm having a very hard time connecting with him. I've called his office {(714) 960-6483} at least 7 times in the last 11 weeks inquiring when he is meeting with his constituents.  It seems that he doesn't plan on EVER having a town hall meeting.  If Mr Rohrabacher is your Congressman too, please call his office and encourage him to have a town hall meeting.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Nice that someone other than myself remembered such campaign promises, Other members of Congress that need to be exposed is John Boehner, (who helped introduce the document) & the Congressional Banker from Fullerton Ed Royce. Both are members of Congress that signed the so called "Contract with America" that no voters signed.. One of its key promises was to get rid of professional politicians through term limits.

n
n

You get what you pay for in American politics.

EJ
EJ

I'm a lifelong Republican.  Time to take out this trash in the next primary election.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Alan Monsoor is another republican tool...

Yen
Yen

What you should do in this case is gather as many hb constituents as possible, create some awesome signs, and march down to his office in downtown huntington beach! He HAS to listen to you. You are one of the people paying him more than 13,000.00 a month plus all the rest that he steals!! We must become active in our communities for real change. Also, dont forget to contact the media... Fox news, abc, channel 5, they might be interested in it! ;) best of luck! I will join you too if possible!

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Sorry Suz, he cannot face real people he only meets at Gary Monahans Bar in Costa Mesa with his republican buddies

Suz
Suz

Call me hopeful (sometimes to a fault), but If enough people called his office requesting he hold a town hall meeting, couldn't he be shamed into being accountable to his "other" constituents?

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