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Doug Ose adds another $700K in tight House race

Republican Doug Ose speaks during a debate with Democratic Rep. Ami Bera earlier this month. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Republican Doug Ose speaks during a debate with Democratic Rep. Ami Bera earlier this month. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) AP

Republican Doug Ose has loaned his congressional campaign another $700,000, as the businessman works to keep pace with the barrage of spending in the closely contested race.

Ose, who served three terms in Congress through 2005, is taking on freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera in suburban Sacramento County’s 7th district.

The loan, reported in financial disclosures spanning Oct. 1 to Oct. 15, pushes Ose’s personal stake to more than $1.4 million over the last two months of the race. Ose’s spokeswoman said the loans help establish his political independence.

“Doug Ose will not be in the pocket of special interests in Washington, D.C. like Congressman Bera is. He will owe no one except the people of Sacramento County,” said spokeswoman Michawn Rich.

Bera’s campaign issued a statement saying he was trying to buy the race.

“Former Congressman Doug Ose made more than $100 million while he was in Congress by taking votes that helped himself and Wall Street and hurt the middle class, and now he's depending on that money and special interests to try to get back to Washington to do it again,” Allison Teixeira said.

The contest has become the second-most expensive House race in the nation, with the campaigns and outside groups spending more than $9.5 million through Friday, and millions more reserved for airtime in the final two weeks.

Ose spent $625,695 and finished the period with $488,955. Bera, who reported no loans over the two-week span, spent $717,058 and ended with $346,501.

Through Friday, about $400,000 was spent on behalf of the Democratic incumbent while nearly $4 million was spent against him. Some $500,000 was spent to support Ose while nearly $4.7 million has gone into opposing the Republican.

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago

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