Just when you thought they were gone forever, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld are popping up in Arizona—on the pages of Legislative District 30 Representative Ted Vogt’s campaign finance statements.
Vogt—a law student at the University of Arizona who was appointed to fill Frank Antenori’s seat after he moved up to the Senate earlier this year—served as an intern for Cheney in the summer of 2008, and as an assistant for Rumsfeld in the 90s.
“I worked for Mr. Rumsfeld, and I also got to know the family and they have been very supportive,” Vogt says.
So supportive that Rumsfeld donated $410, the maximum amount allowed, to Vogt’s campaign—and so did his wife, Joyce, and his two daughters, Marcy and Valerie. His executive assistant also threw $150 Vogt’s way. Cheney also wrote a check as large as the state would allow.
Those six contributions total $2,200—more than Vogt has received from citizens of Arizonans. Of the 74 donations, totaling about $22,000, Vogt had received as of the June 30 campaign finance report, only nine donations, totaling $1,670, were from Arizona. Most of that money came from lobbyists, attorneys and political consultants.
But Vogt doesn’t think the people of Arizona have a problem with taking big money from big political players in Washington D.C.
“I don’t think (Arizonan’s mind),” he says. “You get your support from in state and your support from out of state… I am very fortunate and very glad that the people I’ve met and the people I’ve worked for thought enough of me that they’re willing to support me in my campaign.”