Democratic state senator Juan Vargas is apparently cleaning up some old campaign debt before embarking on his run for the congressional seat being vacated by Bob Filner, who has announced he’s running for San Diego mayor. Vargas’s 2000 Assembly reelection committee, still in existence, has been reporting a growing financial debt to the Santa Monica law firm of Strumwasser & Woocher, LLP. According to its website, the firm was California state counsel for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and also works for Native American gambling tribes.
According to the 2000 committee’s financial statement for 2010, at the end of the year it owed a total of $24,253.79 in unpaid “legal defense” bills to the Strumwasser firm. Then, suddenly, on June 3, it reported getting $19,355 from the California Real Estate PAC. When and if the money will be spent on paying off the loan won’t be known until the committee’s semiannual statement becomes public early next month…On Monday, June 13, Republican congressman Brian Bilbray staged a day of “skeet, trap, and sporting clays” shooting at Prince George’s County Trap and Skeet Center. It was a campaign fund-raiser, of course, and political action committees had to fork over $1500 to attend. Individuals paid $750, according to an invitation posted on the Sunlight Foundation’s Party Time website.