Rep. Paul Cook, Retired Marine Corps Colonel, Starts Semper Fi PAC
Posted at 9:10 a.m. on May 3, 2013
(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.