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Congressional Candidate Donated to Opponent in '08

Gary DeLong contributed to re-election campaign of California legislator Alan Lowenthal, whom he now portrays as a career politician who contributed to the state's education and financial mess.

Congressional candidate and Long Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong contributed to the re-election of opponent and State Senator Alan Lowenthal that returned him to office--despite now calling him part of the problem in California's education and financial crisis.

DeLong, the Republican candidate for the new U.S. House of Representatives seat that serves most of Long Beach and numerous Orange County cities including Los Alamitos and Rossmoor, gave $100 to Lowenthal's re-election campaign for state senate on Oct. 10, 2008.

Lowenthal, the Democratic candidate for the 47th Congressional District, is a former Long Beach City Councilman and college professor who has served the area as an assemblyman and senator for more than a dozen years. On Wednesday, he decried the "phenomenal" amount of money from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other national interests. If Lowenthal's estimate is correct for the $316,000 cost of a TV attack against him, DeLong's donation is almost token.

DeLong responded to the question of why he donated to an opponent he is now portraying as pro-government, anti-business and a contributor to the state's dire financial picture, suggesting Lowenthal has changed.

"Alan has become more and more anti-business as he's lost touch with the community," DeLong e-mailed. He added dryly, "Accordingly. I will be supporting his opponent this election as our country can't afford his failed economic policies."

DeLong and Lowenthal, and their respective campaigns, have been asked for comment, and we will update the story as it may develop. 

A reader first raised the donation in comments on GreaterLongBeach.com, and another reader reposted them on Patch with the link to the public record of the donation.

A great question for Gary DeLong, who states over and over that Alan Lowenthal’s policies have been anti-business and driving the state into a financial abyss. If Lowenthal's fiscal policies are bankrupt as DeLong professes, why did DeLong himself donate to Lowenthal's campaign (not for this particular race, but for past state offices)?

You can find DeLong's contributions to Lowenthal's campaign at the below link. It is in alphabetical order. Scroll down, you’ll find it under “G” for Gary DeLong.

http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1272281&view=received&session=2007&psort=NAME&page=*

John B. Greet October 06, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Ruehle, can you point out where, in the page you linked, the data indicates *why* DeLong refunded $5200 in contributions? You claim he "had" to do this because "individual people...have changed their mind about supporting him in this election." I do not see that conclusion mentioned in the data you have linked here.
Mike Ruehle October 06, 2012 at 07:13 AM
Sorry, but your math is way off. Using YOUR 36% reduction from 2011 TOTAL EXPENSE of $186 million would have equated to a 2012 budget of $119 million. The actual 2012 TOTAL EXPENSE budget was $171 million (reduction of 8%). That's a difference of $52 million. But what the heck. To an ex-city worker with a pension like yours, who cares about $50 million here or there.
Mike Ruehle October 06, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Just precious. The guy who critisizes me for not providing proof right after I provided the links proving ACTA did not reduce espenses by 37% as he untruthfully claimed.
John B. Greet October 06, 2012 at 07:57 AM
Ruehle, I told you where I found the data and I linked to the document that reported it. If you're unhappy with the math, please consider taking that up with the folks who produced the report. Neither my former employer nor the pension I earned has one single thing to do with these discussions. To bring them up in the manner that you have is entirely unnecessary and just another means of deflecting from the issues we have been discussing. You really don't seem capable of simply disagreeing with someone without lacing your comments with sarcasm and implied insult. Sad.
John B. Greet October 06, 2012 at 08:02 AM
Ruehle, I told you where I found the data and I linked to the document that reported it. If you feel the figures I quoted are somehow false, please consider taking that up with the folks who produced the report. Still waiting for you to either offer proof that I have ever deleted previous comments because I have been "busted for not telling the truth" or admit that this was just one more to add to the long list of statements you utter as truth but which you cannot prove to be true?

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