October 27, 2012 9:00 AM
LYNNEA LOMBARDO, Staff Writer
The two Republican candidates hoping to represent the 8th Congressional District — Paul Cook and Gregg Imus — are working with very different campaign budgets, including contributions from very different types of donors.
Cook, an assemblyman from Yucca Valley, has a total year-to-date budget of $480,331, primarily made up of $25,000 in loans and $451,349 in contributions. Cook’s largest contributors are construction companies, developers, real estate agents and builders. Several American Indian tribes, including the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, also contributed substantial amounts to Cook’s funding. And Drs. Prem and Venkamma Reddy, who founded Desert Valley Hospital, donated similarly large amounts to Cook’s campaign fund.
Gregg Imus, a homebuilder from Lake Arrowhead and co-founder of a minuteman group, is working with a significantly smaller budget than Cook. Since June, Imus has amassed a total budget of $108,561 — $21,000 of which came from loans. Most of Imus’ contributors are private donors and small businesses in the High Desert and Mountain communities. So far, their contributions total almost $90,000.
According to the Federal Election Commission, data from the most recent filing deadline, which was due on Thursday, will be available online within this coming week.
Cook and Imus are competing to represent the newly-drawn 8th Congressional District, which encompasses the High Desert and parts of Inyo and Mono counties, has been represented in part by Congressman Jerry Lewis for 17 consecutive terms and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon. A seat in the House of Representatives became available in January after Lewis announced he was retiring.
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