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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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