Capitol Alert: Rep. Ami Bera widens fundraising lead over trio of GOP rivals

ccadelago@sacbee.comFebruary 1, 2014 

Ami Bera.

LEZLIE STERLING — Sacramento Bee file photo, 2012

Rep. Ami Bera continued his fundraising advantage in the final quarter of 2013, raising $340,672 and lifting his cash on hand to $1.15 million.

Bera, D-Elk Grove, spent about $88,000 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, according to reports released late Friday. His cash total heading into the June primary far exceeds the combined amount of Republican challengers Igor Birman, Elizabeth Emken and Doug Ose.

Bera, known for his fundraising abilities in two punishing contests against former Republican Rep. Dan Lungren, reached his total despite adhering to a self-imposed campaign cash-collection ban during the recent partial government shutdown. Bera said the figures demonstrate "Sacramento County families want a problem-solver who puts people before politics representing them in Congress."

Ose raised about $130,000 and has $277,166 to spend. The former three-term congressman has brought in about $620,000 since entering the race last fall, but he retired a $250,000 debt left over from his primary loss to GOP Rep. Tom McClintock in 2008.

Birman, on break from his job as chief of staff to McClintock, took in about $85,000 and has $124,000 in the bank. Emken, an autism advocate who challenged U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the last cycle, amassed $46,605 and has $305,827 left to spend. Much of her campaign money came via a loan from the candidate.

The 7th Congressional District race is again expected to be among the state's most hotly contested seats. Below is a quick look at the latest fundraising totals of the major candidates in other top California House races:

3rd district Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove. Raised: $115,000; COH (cash on hand) $216,000 Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville. Raised: $205,000; COH $251,000 (includes $100,000 candidate loan).

10th district Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock. Raised: $228,000; COH: $1.3 million Democrat Michael Eggman, bee farmer. Raised: $188,000; COH: $287,000

17th district Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose. Raised: $250,500; COH: $623,000 Democrat Ro Khanna, former Obama administration official. Raised $425,000; COH $2 million

21st district Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford. Raised: $233,000; COH: $677,000 Democrat Amanda Renteria, substitute teacher and former congressional aide. Raised: $338,000; COH: $257,000

26th district Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Oak Park. Raised: $270,000; COH: $885,000 Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo. Raised: $133,000; COH: $131,000

31st district Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga. Raised: $149,000; COH: $910,000 Democrat Pete Aguilar, mayor of Redlands. Raised: $147,000; COH: $524,000 Democrat Eloise Gomez Reyes, lawyer. Raised: $302,000: COH: $479,000 Democrat Joe Baca, former congressman. Raised: $20,000; COH: $21,000

36th district Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert. Raised: $414,000; COH: $1.2 million Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert. Raised: $230,000; COH: $302,000

41st district Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside. Raised: $118,000; COH: $433,000 Republican Steve Adams, Riverside councilman. Raised: $26,000; COH: $39,000

52nd district Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego. Raised: $413,000; COH: $1.15 million Republican Carl DeMaio, former San Diego councilman. Raised: $370,000; COH: $986,000

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