In a short testimonial circulated online Tuesday, Rep. Ami Bera talks up one of the major reasons his second bid to oust GOP Rep. Dan Lungren was successful.
Bera doesn't mention his aides, donors or campaign volunteers in the Web video. Instead, he thanks a Democratic super PAC that spent big to help him win his competitive Sacramento County race.
"We were grateful to see House Majority PAC formed so we could actually have allies on our side that were helping us get our message out," the Elk Grove Democrat says.
Bera wasn't allowed to coordinate with the independent committee before Election Day. But he's one of seven freshman Democrats featured in the four-minute Web video.
Representatives for the PAC say the video isn't a fundraising pitch. Text at the bottom of the screen insists, "Congressman Bera is not asking for funds or donations."
Still, Republicans criticized Bera's appearance. A National Republican Congressional Committee statement said Bera would "rather star in an ad to thank Nancy Pelosi's super PAC" than try to limit money in politics.
Andy Stone, communications director for House Majority PAC, said the video was meant to highlight the "critical role" the group had in "helping level the playing field" for Democrats last year.
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Gov. Jerry Brown's political adviser, Steve Glazer, will run for an Assembly seat in 2014. The Orinda councilman will seek Assembly District 16, the East Bay district from which Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, will be termed out. Glazer, a Democrat, has been an unpaid adviser to Brown since managing Brown's 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
"They need me to be a lobbyist. They need me to work their bills."
ALBERT TORRICO, former Democratic assemblyman from Newark, who registered as a lobbyist last week and listed the State Coalition of Probation Organizations as a client. Many former lawmakers work as advocates or consultants but do not register as lobbyists. Torrico said his work for the group had been more political advising than direct lobbying.