May 25, 2012 archive

AD-38: Patricia McKeon Again Benefits from Defense Industry


Rep. Buck McKeon and his wife, Patricia, a candidate for California Assembly with House Speaker Boehner

Remember my piece about Rep. Buck McKeon and his defense industry friends supporting the California Assembly candidacy of his wife, Patricia McKeon?

Well, here we go again.

The Barritts of Santa Clarita are Republicans and they donate, modestly, to the GOP, though not much over $11,000 since they started giving money to Buck McKeon in 1997. William Barritt is a high-ranking officer of Aerospace Dynamics and like his boss, the company CEO, John Cave (and Mrs. Cave, who also works at the company), Barritt gives almost every nickel of his contributions to Buck McKeon. Aerospace Dynamics is one of McKeon’s top donors. And they have been major beneficiaries of his tenure as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and of his herculean efforts to fill the skies over America with deadly drones. As founder and head of the House Unmanned Systems Caucus, McKeon has been able to assure his contributors that they will be very, very wealthy from contracts from the federal government. But, still, there’s something funny about this invitation to a fundraising party at the Barritts’ home in Stevenson Ranch next week:

You get the picture, don’t you?

Rep. Buck McKeon is regulated by federal law as to how much he can receive as political contributions from special interests, like defense contractors, who receive business from the federal government. His wife, Patricia McKeon who is his federal campaign treasurer is paid a salary from her husband’s campaign account.

I have documented this unethical transfer of federal campaign funds a couple of times. Both McKeon’s are quite good at enriching themselves from their defense contractor friends and Buck’s campaign account.

Patricia McKeon is now running for the California Assembly and the McKeon’s are taping the defense contractor tip jar again. Sort of a double dip, no?

Is this illegal?

Perhaps or perhaps not, but it is certainly revealing how these two POLS have enriched themselves while doing the public’s business.

It isn’t Buck McKeon they’re raising money for. They’ve already given him all they can. It’s his wife, Patricia McKeon, who’s running for a state Assembly seat. That’s odd. The Barritt’s have never donated to a state legislative candidate before. Neither has Aerospace Dynamics. I wonder what possibly could have made them change their minds and throw a big shindig for Mrs. McKeon, currently running a very distant fourth in a 4-man primary.

I cannot vote in this election since I live in Thousand Oaks which is outside the district. But, I am embarrassed at this blatantly unethical conduct on the part of the McKeons.

If I could vote in this election, I would vote for Scott Wilk.


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