Chairman McKeon Dines Off His Own PAC and Defense Industry
Posted at 4:51 p.m. on July 13
Seventeen employees of a major defense contractor gave $18,600 to the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee during the second quarter. The chairman continues to take money from companies that have government contracts and legislative interests before his committee.
Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. His Buck McKeon for Congress committee reported receipts of $139,660 and spending of $139,532 during the second quarter, leaving $521,043 cash on hand as of June 30.
Receipts included $86,555 from PACs and other committees. Boeing PAC gave $1,000; SAIC Voluntary PAC gave $2,000; Honeywell International PAC gave $1,000; Huntington Ingalls Industries SHIPPAC gave $1,000; Textron Inc. PAC gave $1,000; United Technologies Corporation PAC gave $1,000; among others.
The committee also received $51,571 from itemized individual contributors. He received $26,846 from those in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He received $16,500 from those in California.
Seventeen employees of Northrup Grumman contributed $18,600, including $2,600 from Wesley Bush (CEO, Northrup Grumman) and 16 other executives each giving $1,000. Thirteen contributions were received on the same day.
The committee paid his wife, Patricia McKeon, $15,618 for payroll.
The committee spent $4,184 at the Capitol Hill Club; $1,995 at Sonoma Restaurant; $689 at the Ritz Carlton; $441 at Ruth’s Chris; and $350 at 2941 Restaurant.
The committee held a mid-June fundraising event in Henderson, Nev., spending $4,762 at the RioSecco Golf Club; $3,714 at the G Valley Hotel; and $3,452 at Hanks Steakhouse. The committee received only $1,225 from Nevada donors. Also in Nevada, Dave McKeon, son of Rep. Buck McKeon, is running for Clark County GOP chairman. The election is July 17.
The committee also spent $1,810 at Red Sox-Fenway Park for a Boston fundraiser. There were no contributors listed from Massachusetts.
The committee transferred $50,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
View his 2011-2012 financial profile.
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