For Immediate Release Contact: Cindy Petersen
July 29, 2014 951-471-2520
Tim Sheridan, the California Democratic nominee in California’s 42nd District, was troubled by a recent Politico report showing that 20-year incumbent Congressman Ken Calvert received some $50,000 in political contributions from the five largest defense contractors.
Since Mr. Calvert is on a House subcommittee on defense, I know why defense contractors would want to give Mr. Calvert so much money,” Sheridan said. “I just wonder why Mr. Calvert would take it. Can he fairly and reasonably consider legislation before the subcommittee involving these contractors given the amount of money that they have given him?”
Politico’s story listed Mr. Calvert among members of Congress who received the most money from the top five (5) defense contractors who gave to political campaigns in the second quarter of 2014. Mr. Calvert was listed along with Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), and Representatives Steve Womack (R-AR) and Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) in the July 22, 2014 report.
“Let’s face it,” Campaign Vice-Chair Kerry Meuchel added, “Mr. Calvert is not a leader in Congress or even held in very high esteem despite his 20-year tenure there. There can only be one reason why these companies would give him so much money – to ensure that he will pick up the phone when they call. Mr. Calvert should be talking to the people of our district instead.”
Sheridan, who has agreed to participate in a debate with Mr. Calvert that is sponsored by the Lake Elsinore Citizen’s Committee, is running in his first political race.
For .pdf version, click here: Press release July 29 Sheridan questions Calvert’s ties to defense contractors