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Congressional candidate Doug Ose, seen speaking in March at an Arden Arcade Rotary Club luncheon, is getting campaign support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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The Buzz: U.S. Chamber ads tout Republicans Doug Ose, David Valadao

Published: Wednesday, May. 7, 2014 - 7:44 pm

Chamber of Commerce

backs Ose with TV ads

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is rolling out a series of television ads in competitive House races, including a 30-spot in the Sacramento region encouraging voters to support former Republican Rep. Doug Ose.

Ose, part of a trio of GOP challengers to Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, is portrayed in the upbeat ad as a businessman with close ties to the region – echoing major themes of his campaign.

The chamber is reportedly spending more than $3 million to air the ads on behalf of 11 House and two Senate candidates. The total buy in the region was not available.

Ose, with his 92 percent rating from the organization, is getting its pre-primary nod over Republicans Igor Birman and Elizabeth Emken. Birman has received modest outside support in the form of phone calls, mailers and Internet advertisements from tea party-aligned and gun owner groups.

The chamber rollout, which includes a spot championing Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, is among the first signs of what is expected to be a surge of television advertising in the Central Valley. Valadao is being challenged by Democrat Amanda Renteria.

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