Politics & Government

The Buzz: Democrat Ami Bera outpaces GOP challengers’ fundraising

The numbers are in, and Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove raised more than $462,000 in the third quarter of 2013, outpacing a trio of Republican challengers.

This brings Bera’s total cash on hand to nearly $899,000. The first-term congressman has raised more than $1 million this year.

Of Bera’s GOP contenders, former Rep. Doug Ose raised $247,000 and finished the quarter with $256,000 in the bank, according to his report.

Ose has retired a $250,000 debt from his primary defeat in 2008 at the hands of Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove.

Igor Birman, on leave as McClintock’s longtime chief of staff, took in nearly $163,000 and finished with $139,000. Birman received 19 contributions of the maximum $5,200, of which only $2,600 could be spent in the primary.

Autism advocate Elizabeth Emken amassed $64,000 to bring her campaign coffers to $337,000. Emken loaned herself $35,000 in addition to the previous $250,000 she provided her campaign.

Bera, who defeated former Rep. Dan Lungren last year to win the redrawn 7th Congressional District, is a top target of the GOP in next year’s elections.

– Christopher Cadelago


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