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An revealing story in today's San Diego Union Tribune:

Rep. Duncan Hunter's deep political and defense contracting ties formed over more than a quarter-century in Congress are paying off for his son at a critical moment.

More after the fold...

The east-San Diego congressman and ex-presidential candidate has decided not to seek re-election for another term, and the leading Republican candidate to take his place is his son, Duncan D. Hunter.  The cloud of corruption hanging over Republicans doesn't seem to be a problem, as the majority of Duncan Jr.'s contributions have been coming from corporations that his father helped steer government funding to over the past 8 years:

Rep. Hunter added language to the 2008 Defense Appropriations bill awarding $19 million to L-3 Communications, which has an office in San Diego, for the development and testing of a missile system, according to data compiled by Taxpayers for Common Sense. Executives from that company contributed $2,750 to Duncan D. Hunter's campaign.

Rep. Hunter also earmarked San Diego-based Trex Enterprises Corp. $1.5 million for the development of a device that will help helicopter pilots navigate with limited visibility. Campaign finance records show Trex employees, including a scientist, donated $4,800 to Duncan D. Hunter's campaign.

And it's not just corporations, it's also lobbyists:

Lobbyists working for the companies have also supported Hunter's campaign. Patrick McSwain and Frank Collins, who were listed as principals at the lobbying firm Northpoint Strategies, collectively donated $2,500. Northpoint worked on behalf of L-3. McSwain and Collins were both former Cunningham chiefs of staff.

Also contributing $1,000 to the Duncan D. Hunter campaign was Van Hipp, who was listed as chief executive officer at American Defense International, which records show lobbied on behalf of both Trex and L-3.

What is it with San Diego politicians and corruption?  Remember good ol' Randy "Duke" Cunningham?  In this year of change, do they really think they can pull a fast one on us?  Same policies.  Same contributors.  Same earmarks.    Same freakin' name!

And lastly, do we have a chance here?

The district is such a Republican stronghold that Rep. Hunter has never been seriously challenged for re-election during his 28-year congressional career.

Duncan Jr. has amassed $640,547 to date from these corrupt sources.  In comparison, Democrats running for the 52'nd have brought in much less:

We have an uphill battle in this in this 44% R / 31% D district, but we can't let the Hunter dynasty of corruption continue.  Please research the above candidates and contribute as you see fit.  Thanks!

Originally posted to afx114 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 10:50 AM PDT.

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  •  good luck (3+ / 0-)
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    Valerie, afx114, smellybeast

    on changing that area to progressive. I lived down there in my youth, it was completly controlled by conservatives up and down government. I'm told it's still that way in most districts.

  •  San Diego politics've been corrupt a long time.. (1+ / 0-)
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    We're kind of glazed-eyed and used to it, now.

    That said, I live in district 52 and it's not all red. I have been an avid supporter of every challenger to Hunter in the past, but they've been relatively weak ones (though nice people) in the past.

    I like both of the challengers this time, and have decided to put money behind Mike Lumpkin, who has a lot of military cred to appeal to this heavily-military-family area. He's been running a strong campaign with excellent campaign literature. He's endorsed by Francine Busby, who my husband and I enthusiastically supported in her campaigns against Brian Busby to replace Duke Cunningham.

    Although ultimately she wasn't successful, she made huge inroads and has helped to turn the district bluer.  Dean's pointed out several times that even unsuccessful campaigns where a Democrat challenges a Republican have value, as they make Republicans spend money and they force constituents to think about possible choices.

    Anyway,.. I fully agree with you that we have to work hard for change in CA-52!

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