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From Politico's Maggie Haberman:

Republican congressional candidate Christopher Cox – the grandson of Richard Nixon – and his family members have poured close to $80,000 since the middle of last year into local Republican committees and campaigns in the district where Cox is running, POLITICO has learned.


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Records show that Cox, who is campaigning in a competitive GOP primary to challenge Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop, cut at least two personal checks from his old address on the Upper East Side of Manhattan even after he re-registered to vote in the 1st Congressional District, at his family's home in Westhampton.


Cox's mother, Tricia – the former president's daughter – and a paternal uncle have donated $50,000 since July 2009 to the Committee to Elect a Republican Majority in Brookhaven, in a series of $10,000 increments. The Brookhaven GOP is the nerve center of Republican politics in Suffolk County.


Cox and the uncle, Howard E. Cox – who is listed as living in Waltham, Mass. – also gave $9,500 apiece to a key Republican state Senate candidate, Lee Zeldin. Christopher Cox donated another $2,500 to the Southampton Town GOP Committee in March and $3,800 to a state Assembly candidate in Suffolk.

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The Nixon scion's bid for Congress has gained statewide attention in what might normally be a strictly local race, due to the fact that he entered the race just months after his father, Ed Cox, won a contentious battle for the chairmanship of the New York Republican Party.