The National Republican Congressional Committee took aim at Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, on Tuesday, after Bera’s father was charged with two counts of campaign finance violations, calling on Bera to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.
Babulal Bera was charged with making excessive campaign contributions and making contributions in the name of another person. He was scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday to enter a plea in the case, according to federal court documents. The charges allege that, beginning in 2009, Bera contributors gave at least $235,000 to a campaign committee in Elk Grove, and that Babulal Bera later caused the contributions to be illegally refunded.
”As new reports reveal that illegal donations helped finance his campaigns, Ami Bera needs to immediately return the hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal campaign contributions he has accepted,” NRCC spokesman Zach Hunter said in a prepared statement. “It defies belief that Rep. Bera was unaware of these activities, and 7th District voters deserve to know the truth.”
In a statement late Monday, Ami Bera said, “Neither I, nor anyone involved with my campaign, was aware of my dad’s activities until we learned about it from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and on the advice of my attorney, I have not discussed this matter or anything else regarding my campaigns with my father.”