- 5. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.
- Net worth: -$924,000
- Rohrabacher is new to the list, but his spot carries an asterisk. One of his biggest liabilities in the calculation — a mortgage exceeding $500,000 — was paid off during 2013. Reporting rules still require him to list that mortgage under his liabilities. Rohrabacher’s biggest reportable asset is an investment of more than $100,000 in a small biotech firm called ISI Life Sciences Inc.
Lost amidst the storm of recent news stories and blog posts over Matt “Jerbal” Cunningham‘s ignominious departure from the OC Parks Commission and his loss of a couple of low-six figure consulting contracts with the OCTA, was the blockbuster dropped by the OC Weekly’s R. Scott Moxley last week on Congressman Dana Rohrbacher’s Costa Mesa rental home: [Moxley Confidential] Congressman turned $1 million Costa Mesa home rental into pigsty. This story rivals the bad press that ruined former Long Beach Congresswoman Laura Richardson whose own adventures in real estate began with a trashed and unpaid-for Sacramento home which helped (along with re-districting) to end her sorry political career. Continue reading
When the new Orange County Executive Officer Michael B. Giancola announced this week that he had selected Mark R. Denny, currently Director of OC Parks, to become the County’s first Chief Operating Officer (COO) I knew right away that Giancola was going to be another corrupt and worthless O.C. hack. If any of you expected Giancola to be anything else, this pick ought to put those thoughts to rest.
Denny was once a former staff aide to Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle – but that ended when he pleaded guilty in March of 1996, “to participating in a Republican scheme to manipulate the ballot in last year’s 67th Assembly District election, becoming the third GOP worker in less than a week to be convicted in the election fraud case,” as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading