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Rep. Dan Lungren wasn't in Tampa as other members of the GOP gathered for the Republican National Convention last month.

Now, the Gold River Republican is part of a bipartisan push to ensure taxpayer cash skips out on the quadrennial political conventions, too.

Lungren voted aye this week on federal legislation to prohibit the use of public funds for the national nominating conventions, which are currently partially subsidized by taxpayers who elect to send some of their own tax dollars to a public campaign financing fund.

The Associated Press quoted Lungren as calling the events ""weeklong televised movie sets and almost entirely symbolic."

"American taxpayers should not be subsidizing political party conventions," he said.

Lungren, like almost every other California candidate in a contested congressional race, cited a need to focus on the campaign back home in deciding not to attend the convention. He faces Democrat Ami Bera, another convention no-show, in the 7th Congressional District.

The bill, House Resolution 5912, cleared the House of Representatives on a 310-95 vote. A similar proposal has passed the U.S. Senate.


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