Herb Johnson and Scott Peters at the San Diego Rescue Mission
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Congressman Scott Peters spent Friday morning, December 20, making a few public appearances in the downtown area, stumping for policies to promote access to food for the disadvantaged and elderly at each.

Peters started the morning at Third Avenue Charitable Organization, protesting a federal plan likely to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan, or food stamps, by $8 billion over ten years. Republicans had originally sought $40 billion in cuts to the program as part of a farm bill that's 14 months overdue.

The next stop was at Senior Community Centers in support of the group's "Fill A Plate" fundraiser, which aims to replace $233,000 in federal funding the organization lost as a result of sequestration cuts.

"Senior meals that we fund today keep people in their homes so that they aren't forced into nursing homes, which would actually cost us more on the Medicare side," Peters said.

Peters ended his morning at San Diego Rescue Mission, presenting a $2000 check to CEO Herb Johnson. Peters has donated a total of $7500 in recent weeks as a symbolic gesture of refusing to accept his congressional pay during the October shutdown of federal government.

"I don't think it's fair for me to take a paycheck while the government is shut down," Peters said. "So I divided my pay amongst some of the San Diego charities that are helping people most hurt by [federal budget cuts]."

Johnson said his operation's $19 million budget was almost fully funded by private donations. The organization provides long-term shelter and rehabilitation services to nearly 300 people.

"We're also the only shelter in San Diego that takes in women and children at night," Johnson added.

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JustWondering Dec. 23, 2013 @ 4:08 p.m.

Just Wondering why Peters needs a photo op and a gigantic check to make a charitable contribution? Oh... That's right he a politician! The rest of us just donate what we can to support these folks. Politicians, like Peters, need to make it look like it's MORE then what the rest of us are doing. They're all scum.

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dwbat Dec. 23, 2013 @ 4:43 p.m.

Many of us (including me) have no knowledge of Peters' real motivation or sincerity. Politicians DO love publicity; that can't be denied. However, the duty of a member of Congress is to serve the people. So there's nothing wrong about learning what Peters is doing to help during the season of giving, especially donating $7500 of his own salary. Can we stop being so cynical, just for a little while? Just maybe, after reading this, we'll think about being more generous ourselves.

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JustWondering Dec. 24, 2013 @ 2:50 a.m.

According to wiki links: For more than two decades, Peters has lived with his family in La Jolla, which is now part of the 52nd Congressional District. He and his wife, Lynn E. Gorguze, president and CEO of Cameron Holdings. Peters is one of the wealthiest members of Congress. He has a net worth of $86 million. Most has been achieved through venture capital investing.

Cynical? Maybe. But IMO this photo op is intended to portray Mr. Peters as something he is not. While serving himself not the folks he represents in San Diego. As wealthy as he is this donation is the equivalent of you dropping the spare change in your pocket into a SA Christmas kettle. I bet when you make your donation you don't have, or need, a gigantic check poster to proclaim it.

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JustWondering Dec. 24, 2013 @ 10:16 a.m.

And, just to give a little more cynical perspective on Peters charitable giving. He gave more than $20,000 to political causes in 2012. And, as far as I can tell none of it with giant sized checks with photo ops. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs...

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dwbat Dec. 23, 2013 @ 7:58 p.m.

What assistance does the Salvation Army get from the government? Cite your sources. FYI: the organization is a church.

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