California Elections

Democratic activists ramp up pressure on Rep. Ami Bera

In this Oct. 26, 2012, file photo, Rep. Ami Bera is seen at his campaign office in Elk Grove.
In this Oct. 26, 2012, file photo, Rep. Ami Bera is seen at his campaign office in Elk Grove. The Associated Press

Democratic activists involved in helping stall Rep. Ami Bera’s party endorsement are not going away.

On Monday, the group calling itself Sacramento Democrats for Truth said in a letter to Bera, D-Elk Grove, they were “troubled” by campaign contributions he received from people who they said were “closely connected” to foreign investment funds and foreign governments. The group wants his office to produce details about his travel abroad, and donors controlling more than $1 million in overseas assets.

Some of the activists previously contended his voting record was too conservative for the toss-up district, and pointed to votes to advance controversial trade talks, limit refugees from Iraq and Syria and remove country-of-origin labels on meat.

Bera has been working to win back support, and ultimately secure the party endorsement later this month, with the help of labor and other liberal voters.

In a statement, Bera campaign manager Jerid Kurtz said “All of the congressman’s contributions are publicly available and disclosed on a quarterly basis, and as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee he complies with all travel disclosure rules.

“It’s unfortunate that the same detractors that worked against the Congressman in 2014 are continuing to lob baseless accusations,” he added, apparently referring to Amar Shergill, a lawyer who also battled with Bera in his race against Republican Doug Ose.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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