Outside spending groups this week reported more than $1.5 million in media buys, mailers and other spending in the 7th Congressional District, a sharp uptick in Super PAC activity in the battleground seat a month before the election.
The spending by the National Republican Congressional Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, reported Thursday, brings to nearly $2 million the total outside spending so far in the contest between Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a Republican.
The filings with the Federal Election Commission show $930,000 in payments by the Republican committee for media buys and polling supporting Jones or opposing Bera, and $588,000 in payments by the Democratic committee for media buys and mailers opposing Jones.
Monday marks the start of mail voting, and the outside spending in the 7th district is sure to increase. Bera’s seat offers Republicans a rare pickup opportunity in California, with both parties reserving TV time in the Sacramento market. Before the 2014 election, the district ranked among the House seats with the most outside spending.