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February 13, 2016

Rep. Paul Cook, Retired Marine Corps Colonel, Starts Semper Fi PAC

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., who served in the Marine Corps from 1966 to 1992, yesterday registered a new leadership PAC, Semper Fi PAC. The motto of the Marine Corps is Semper Fidelis, Latin for “always faithful.” The PAC is based in Bethesda, Md., home to the expanded Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The treasurer is Phil Waller, CPA, of Rogers, Anderson, Malody & Scott LLP in Upland, Calif.

Cook serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Cook won election to California’s 8th District seat after the retirement of GOP Rep. Jerry Lewis. Cook raised $677,428 in the 2011-2012 cycle and received $264,985 from PACs and other political committees. In the first quarter of 2012, he raised $67,414, including $22,247 from PACs. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s PAC gave him $5,000 on March 1.

Cook benefited in last year’s election from almost $1 million in independent expenditures supporting him. They were made by Spirit of America Democracy, a Republican-aligned super PAC, founded by Charles Munger Jr. of Palo Alto, CA. Munger is vice-chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation.

View a financial summary of Cook’s 2011-2012 campaign financing.

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

  • Jim S.

    “If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American.” -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013


    Prior too this present Executive and Veterans Administrations and just touching on the problems:

    Army Times Oct. 16, 2008 – VA claims found in piles to be shredded

    CNN iReport October 25, 2008 – House Vets’ Committee To Probe VA Shredder Scandal

    Tampa Bay Times Oct 27, 2008 – Hundreds of VA documents improperly shredded, review finds {Tampa Bay Times search page and series of articles}

    CBS News February 11, 2009 – Veterans’ Claims Found in Shredder Bins

    And more disturbing in relation to even before and through the early years of the Afghanistan, quickly abandoned missions of, and Iraq occupations, this:

    ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 – Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
    “DeLara’s case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War.”

    Add in the issues of finally recognizing in War Theater and more Veterans, by this Veterans Administration and the Executive Administrations Cabinet, what the Country choose to ignore from our previous decades and wars of: The devastating effects on Test Vets and from PTS, Agent Orange, Homelessness, more recent the Desert Storm troops Gulf War Illnesses, Gulf War Exposures with the very recent affects from In-Theater Burn Pits and oh so so much more! Tens of Thousands of Veterans’ that have been long ignored and maligned by previous VA’s and the whole Country and through their representatives!

    How does a Country HONOR It’s Fallen, by Their Own ‘Sacrifice’ in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!

    These present wars have yet to be paid for, rubber stamping and rapid deficits rising started before 9/11 and continued with same for the wars. But especially in the early some six years of extremely little was added to the Veterans Administration budgets by those Congresses, and since obstructed by same war rubber stampers, as to the long term results of War, DeJa-Vu all over again. Keeping the VA under budgeted causes problems and of many grow worse, which costs more to correct much more, which is the goal of those seeking to privatize Government Agencies as they attack the people of and which was created by their own incompetence and ideologies, but doing those served will!

    “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

    “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan” – President Lincoln

    USN All Shore ’67-’71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country ’70-’71

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