Los Angeles Times
VALLEY NEWS

Busy signal? Try this. *66

Friday, July 24, 1998

Political Briefing
Hoffman Biz PAC Gives to Sherman, Hoffman Camp Gives Spin
By HUGO MARTIN, DARRELL SATZMAN, Special to The Times

PREV STORY

NEXT STORY


RELATED
VALLEY SECTIONS

  NEWS BY COMMUNITY

  SPORTS

  BUSINESS

  CALENDAR

  CALENDAR
  WEEKEND


  COMMENTARY

Need to print or save the entire story? Select the long format.
In his bid for a congressional seat, Republican Randy Hoffman has promoted his success in the business world as the president of Magellan Systems Corp., a San Dimas firm that makes hand-held satellite navigation systems.
But his opponent, incumbent Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), has come up with a way to try to tarnish Hoffman's business success story in the upcoming campaign.
It seems that Magellan's parent company, Orbital Sciences of Virginia, has recently contributed $500 to Sherman's campaign. The contribution came from the firm's political action committee.
What does that mean?
According to Sherman's campaign, it shows that Hoffman's own business associates dislike him so much that they are supporting his opponent. In fact, according to Sherman's campaign, the contribution was unsolicited.
"I think it says that people who know Randy Hoffman best are supporting Brad Sherman for Congress," said Parke Skelton, Sherman's campaign consultant.
Not so, says Hoffman's campaign. Hoffman supporters say the contribution signifies only that Orbital Sciences is a business-savvy firm.
They argue that Orbital Sciences routinely contributes to incumbent politicians to help improve the firm's chances of getting government contracts.
Orbital Sciences is a space and information systems company that designs, manufactures, operates and markets a broad range of space and satellite infrastructure systems.
Hoffman's campaign director, Todd Slosek, said Orbital Sciences has a long history of contributing to incumbents.

Continued

Copyright 1998 Los Angeles Times. All Rights Reserved

Search the archives of the Los Angeles Times for similar stories. You will not be charged to look for stories, only to retrieve one.

PREV STORY

NEXT STORY



For help, click here Previous Match Search Results Search Panel Next Match