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February 1, 2014
Rep. Ami Bera widens fundraising lead over trio of GOP rivals


Rep. Ami Bera continued his fundraising advantage in the final quarter of 2013, raising $340,672 and lifting his cash on hand to $1.15 million.

Bera, D-Elk Grove, spent about $88,000 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, according to reports released late Friday. His cash total heading into the June primary far exceeds the combined amount of Republican challengers Igor Birman, Elizabeth Emken and Doug Ose.

Bera, known for his fundraising abilities in two punishing contests against former Republican Rep. Dan Lungren, reached his total despite adhering to a self-imposed campaign cash-collection ban during the recent partial government shutdown. Bera said the figures demonstrate "Sacramento County families want a problem-solver who puts people before politics representing them in Congress."

Ose raised about $130,000 and has $277,166 to spend. The former three-term congressman has brought in about $620,000 since entering the race last fall, but he retired a $250,000 debt left over from his primary loss to GOP Rep. Tom McClintock in 2008.

Birman, on break from his job as chief of staff to McClintock, took in about $85,000 and has $124,000 in the bank. Emken, an autism advocate who challenged U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the last cycle, amassed $46,605 and has $305,827 left to spend. Much of her campaign money came via a loan from the candidate.

The 7th Congressional District race is again expected to be among the state's most hotly contested seats. Below is a quick look at the latest fundraising totals of the major candidates in other top California House races:

3rd district
Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove. Raised: $115,000; COH (cash on hand) $216,000
Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville. Raised: $205,000; COH $251,000 (includes $100,000 candidate loan).

10th district
Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock. Raised: $228,000; COH: $1.3 million
Democrat Michael Eggman, bee farmer. Raised: $188,000; COH: $287,000

17th district
Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose. Raised: $250,500; COH: $623,000
Democrat Ro Khanna, former Obama administration official. Raised $425,000; COH $2 million

21st district
Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford. Raised: $233,000; COH: $677,000
Democrat Amanda Renteria, substitute teacher and former congressional aide. Raised: $338,000; COH: $257,000

26th district
Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village. Raised: $270,000; COH: $885,000
Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo. Raised: $133,000; COH: $131,000

31st district
Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga. Raised: $149,000; COH: $910,000
Democrat Pete Aguilar, mayor of Redlands. Raised: $147,000; COH: $524,000
Democrat Eloise Gomez Reyes, lawyer. Raised: $302,000: COH: $479,000
Democrat Joe Baca, former congressman. Raised: $20,000; COH: $21,000

36th district
Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert. Raised: $414,000; COH: $1.2 million
Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert. Raised: $230,000; COH: $302,000

41st district
Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside. Raised: $118,000; COH: $433,000
Republican Steve Adams, Riverside councilman. Raised: $26,000; COH: $39,000

52nd district
Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego. Raised: $337,000; COH: $1.15 million
Republican Carl DeMaio, former San Diego councilman. Raised: $370,000; COH: $986,000

PHOTO: Ami Bera. Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee file photo, 2012


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Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

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