Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Fabian Núñez, David Malcolm, Labor and Corporate PACs All Gave Big to Vargas
Democrat state Sen. Juan Vargas, believed by local political observers to be more or less assured of election to the U.S. Congress in November after beating fellow Democrat and ex-state Sen. Denise Ducheny in a nasty primary fight last month, continued to collect big money in June, according to a campaign disclosure report posted online last week by the Federal Election Commission.
Through June 30 of this year, the Vargas House campaign raised a total of $625,766 during the current election cycle, the report says, $170,706 of that between May 17 and the end of June.
The campaign spent a total of $623,577 and reported cash on hand of $49,827, with $59,575 in outstanding debts and obligations remaining to be paid.
Contributors on or after election day, according to the filing, included real estate investor Alisa Abecassis of Beverly Hills with $1000 on June 21; real estate investor Jacob Blumenfeld of Quest Management Group, Baltimore, Maryland, $1,000 on June 5; Los Angeles physician Joseph Englanoff, $1000 on June 5; Beverly Hills homemaker Ilanit Fallas, $500 on June 30; L.A. social worker Wendy Finn, $250 on June 30; Roger Fishman of Zizo Group in Los Angeles, $1000 on June 5; and El Centro pharmacist Gregory Gelman, $2500 on June 30.
Josef Kelemer of Baltimore, Maryland, a contractor with A Better House, Inc., gave $1000 on June 5, as did Towson, Maryland's Kevin Luskin of TBSS Consulting; Investor Jackie Norman of Las Vegas gave $2500 on the same date.
Gary D. Metelski, of Imperial, a pharmacist with Immediate Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., gave $2500 on June 30, bringing his total contribution to the Vargas effort to $5,000.
Contributions that came late in the campaign but before election day included $2500 each from David and Annie Malcolm on May 29. He's the ex-San Diego port commissioner and California coastal commissioner who in 2003 served time in a state work furlough program after copping a plea to a conflict of interest rap.
Fabian Núñez, the former Democratic Assembly Speaker, now a high-powered Sacramento influence peddler whose imprisoned son Esteban received a controversial 2011 commutation of his 16-year San Diego manslaughter sentence from then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, gave $1,000 on May 21, bringing his total contribution to $2500. He was born in San Diego and grew up in Logan Heights.
A raft of corporate and labor union PACs also kicked in, including the Property Casualty Insurers Assoc. of America PAC, with $5,000 on June 4; the labor union SEIU also gave $5,000 on the same day.
Praxair, Inc PAC, run by a multi-national industrial gas supplier, gave $1,000 on June 20, and General Dynamics Corporation PAC came up with $1,000 on May 21. Realtors PAC of Chicago gave $5,000 May 29.
On June 30, the International Association of Fire Fighters contributed $5,000, bringing the amount of their campaign backing of Vargas to $10,000.
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