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McKeon, Rogers count their contributors

Posted: February 2, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: February 2, 2012 1:30 a.m.

The Democratic challenger to Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, raised more than $30,000 last year in his bid to unseat McKeon, who had accumulated nearly $1 million by year’s end.

Dr. Lee Rogers, a Simi Valley podiatrist who filed his candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission in July, said in a news release last week that his campaign had collected more than $100,000 to battle McKeon by the end of January.

Campaign contribution numbers filed by Rogers with the FEC for funds raised by the end of 2011, show him having accumulated $32,751. Almost all of those contributing to the Rogers campaign are in the medical field and pharmaceutical industry.

McKeon, according to federal numbers, had logged campaign contributions of $922,434 by Dec. 21, 2011.
Rogers remains undaunted.

“We’re raising money from in the district and around the country,” he said in a recent email.

“We’ve had a variety of donors, including those interested in saving our health care system to those concerned with equal rights, but mostly from those who just feel the country is on the wrong track and are tired of being taken for granted by incumbents.”

Some of his contributors include: Nicholas Andolino of Shire Pharmaceuticals and doctors with the Burbank Podiatry Associates Group in Los Angeles.

Among the contributors to McKeon, who is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, are some of the biggest names in aerospace and military companies.

Three of McKeon’s more prominent and loyal contributors, who are among his top 10 contributors since 2000, are Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Dynamics Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corp.


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