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Rep. Ami Bera far outpaced his Republican challengers in first-quarter fundraising, bringing in more than $489,000 and elevating his cash on hand to $1.47 million.

The Elk Grove Democrat spent about $172,000 since the beginning of the year, doubling his rate from last quarter as the primary election approaches. His cash on hand again exceeds the combined amounts of Republicans Igor Birman, Elizabeth Emken and Doug Ose.

"It's just further confirmation that Sacramento County families want a problem solver who keeps his promises and puts them ahead of politics representing them in Congress," Bera said.

Ose, a businessman and former congressman, loaned his campaign $250,000, raised $227,000 and has $418,000 in the bank. A wealthy land developer, Ose has said he will spend what it takes to unseat Bera in the competitive 7th district.

"Our campaign is picking up steam because local folks know I'm going to serve them, not Washington, DC special interest groups," Ose said.

Emken, an autism advocate making her third bid for elected office, raised $110,000 and has about double that on hand. She owes her campaign $220,000 after repaying $65,000 toward a prior loan.

Birman, a congressional aide, raised $110,000. He has a combined $70,000 for the primary and general elections minus about $8,500 in debts.

Here's a fundraising snapshot of the major candidates in other closely-watched California House races:

3rd District
Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove. Raised: $144,000; COH (cash on hand) $248,000.
Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville. Raised: $208,000; COH $283,000 (including $145,000 in loans).

10th District
Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock. Raised: $361,000; COH: $1.55 million.
Democrat Michael Eggman, bee farmer. Raised: $215,000; COH: $427,000.

17th District
Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose. Raised: $690,000; COH: $1.08 million.
Democrat Ro Khanna, former Obama administration official. Raised $425,000; COH $1.95 million.

21st District
Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford. Raised: $341,000; COH: $852,000.
Democrat Amanda Renteria, substitute teacher and former congressional aide. Raised: $303,000; COH: $423,000.

26th District
Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village. Raised: $408,000; COH: $1.2 million.
Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo. Raised: $218,000; COH: $255,000.

31st District
Democrat Pete Aguilar, mayor of Redlands. Raised: $262,000; COH: $683,000.
Republican Lesli Gooch, aide to ex-Rep. Gary Miller. Raised: $200,000; COH: $182,000 ($100,000 loan).
Democrat Eloise Gomez Reyes, lawyer. Raised: $207,000: COH: $535,000.
Democrat Joe Baca, former congressman. Raised: $33,000; COH: $29,000.

36th district
Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert. Raised: $432,000; COH: $1.5 million
Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert. Raised: $145,000; COH: $322,000.
Republican Ray Haynes, former state lawmaker: Raised: $15,000; COH: $0.

52nd district
Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego. Raised: $461,000; COH: $1.49 million.
Republican Carl DeMaio, former San Diego councilman. Raised: $422,000; COH: $1.25 million.

PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, attends the California State Society's inaugural luncheon on Jan. 19, 2013, in Washington, D.C. McClatchy Tribune/Tish Wells


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