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.
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.
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.