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Money already flowing into 25th Congressional District race

Posted: October 18, 2013 7:16 p.m.
Updated: October 18, 2013 7:16 p.m.
Incumbent Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, left, and Democratic challenger Dr. Lee Rogers.   Incumbent Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, left, and Democratic challenger Dr. Lee Rogers.  
Incumbent Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, left, and Democratic challenger Dr. Lee Rogers.  

The 2014 congressional elections are still more than a year away, but the two men who went toe-to-toe to represent the Santa Clarita Valley last year are already setting the stage for what could be a big-money rematch.

Both longtime incumbent Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and Democratic challenger Lee Rogers have already assembled six-figure war chests for the 2014 House race, according to documents on file with the Federal Election Commission.

While that is not atypical for McKeon, who has represented the Santa Clarita Valley in Congress for about two decades, Rogers, a Simi Valley podiatrist, is trumpeting his early fundraising success so far.

In the most recent financial reporting period, which ran from July 1 to Sept. 30, Rogers raised about $227,000, according to FEC filings, and had about $170,000 in cash on hand.

In the 2012 election Rogers, than a political novice, raised around $373,000 for the campaign period.

Rogers said Friday he believes the early influx of campaign cash is partly due to people taking a greater interest in politics after seeing the results of the federal government shutdown, which stemmed from the inability of congressional Democrats and Republicans to hammer out a deal to avoid it.

“I think the government shutdown has really made people start to become politically active earlier than usual,” Rogers said.
Rogers’ $227,000 reported during the recent filing period actually topped McKeon’s $208,000 in that period, according to the FEC.

Despite being outstripped by Rogers in recent months, McKeon still has plenty of financial heft to his name. He has raised about $423,000 so far this election cycle and has more than $623,000 in cash on hand.

Alissa McCurley, a spokeswoman for McKeon, said it’s important to note that McKeon also spends time fundraising for other candidates and causes throughout the year.

She also said the money raised for the campaign so far is fairly typical.

“You can’t really take one cycle of numbers and make these larger, grander assumptions from that,” she said.
She also noted that McKeon has been kept busy with recent developments in the Capitol, which hasn’t left much time for fundraising.

“The last couple of months have been extremely intense in Washington, and we’ve been laser-focused on the task at hand,” she said.

McKeon received around $2 million for his campaign during the 2012 election and spent about $1.7 million, according to the FEC.
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