Here’s an interesting one, and something those working to combat Dana Rohrabacher’s reign of awfulness may well keep in the back (or front) of their minds.
So according to opensecrets.org, a nonpartisan operation that tracks money in politics, the top donor to ol’ Dana’s reelection campaign in 2015-16 was Airtech Advanced Materials Group, a Huntington Beach-based company that is, according to its website, “the world’s largest manufacturer of vacuum bagging and composite tooling materials for prepreg/autoclave, resin infusion and wet lay-up.” Which sounds pretty darn terrific. Especially when Jeff Dahlgren, the president and CEO, wants you to know that “we are truly more than a manufacturer, we are a technical partner.”
What you won’t hear, either from Dana Rohrabacher or Jeff Dahlgren, is that, in 2008, the company was accused of “supplying substandard components for military and civilian aircraft for nearly a decade.” Pentagon investigators, according to CBS News, charged the firm with committing fraud and bribery, as well as showing, “brazen disregard for the safety of soldiers and civilians as well as for the sanctity of laws, rules and regulations.”
Now, being that Airtech Advanced Materials Group is located within his district, and also being that Dana Rohrabacher has repeatedly hailed himself as a fighter for the little guy, as well as a bastion of truth and honesty, you’d think he’d have led an investigation of the company. Or, at the very least, refused to take funds from an outlet that allegedly treated the military with disdain.
Um … no. The Dahlgren (Jeff, and his father, William) have made hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to Republican candidates through the years—including more than $250,000 directly to the Republican National Committee.
This is your congressman.