A review of campaign finance records confirmed the Weekly's numbers.
When asked about the story, the congressman urged the Daily Pilot to look at a longer time frame.
According to Federal Election Commission records, the Committee to Re-Elect Congressman Dana Rohrabacher raised more than $234,000 in 2011. Between April and June, the campaign raised about $193,000, and Rhonda Rohrabacher was paid about $11,000.
The 12-term congressman, who is running for reelection in 2012, said he pays his wife about $50,000 a year to operate his campaign, which generally works out to about 10% of his annual contributions, depending on the year.
Rhonda Rohrabacher said the campaign she runs for her husband is a full-time job.
"I built his website from scratch. I do all the database management," she said. "I do the job of, like, five people.
"I'm his eyes and ears on the ground. If you want to maintain being in touch with the grassroots in the district the way he is, it behooves him to do something on the ground."
Though congressional incumbents rarely lose reelection, Rohrabacher said he needs to spend money on a reelection campaign in case a wealthy challenger appears on the scene and tries to outspend him.
"When you represent an affluent district, there are millionaires that are bored that would love to be congressmen," Rohrabacher said. "You have to maintain a level of campaign and political structure so people with money won't come in to challenge you because they think you're weak."
The congressman also said there is nothing illegal or unethical about employing a spouse to run a congressional campaign.
Rohrabacher's campaign reported having $416,192.75 on hand at the end of September.