Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's Wife Took 50% of Congressional Campaign Contributions
|Rohrabacher: Campaign contributions land in family bank account|
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