Friday, July 24, 1998
NEWS BY COMMUNITY
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.