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Ex-assemblyman Juan Vargas, running in the Democratic primary for state senate, raised a total of $146,700 through the end of last year, recent filings show. Controversial for favoring the insurance industry during his time in the Assembly, Vargas, who went on to work as an influence peddler for Safeco of Seattle and later its successor company Liberty Mutual of Boston, picked up $3900 from the Insurance Brokers and Agents Candidate PAC on December 31. The same day, he received $3900 from the Hartford Advocates Fund, Multi-Candidate Committee. The California Insurance Wholesalers Association kicked in $1000 on December 29. Other heavy Vargas hitters included $3900 from La Jolla’s Cambridge Investments and the same from developer Bruce Tabb.

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HonestGovernment Feb. 11, 2010 @ 6:51 p.m.

How does the $146K compare to other candidates? The curse of the re-appearing bad guys. The Huesos (all of 'em; they are all corrupt), Atkins, Kehoe....

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a2zresource Feb. 13, 2010 @ 11:47 a.m.

One wonders if there are cross-purposes involved in the numerous Vargas supporters cited above and SDG&E's inability to find enough wildfire insurers for the Sempra Energy-owned public utility to withdraw its Wildfire Expense Balancing Account (WEBA) application, now pending before the California Public Utilities Commission as a stealth rate increase to consumers of unknown size...

"And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand" (Mark 3:25).

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