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Published — October 5, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Daily Disclosure: California contest tops outside spending in House races

Dan Lungren, Ami Bera battle in targeted race

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The U.S. House race between Republican Rep. Dan Lungren and physician Ami Bera in central California has already seen more outside money than any other House race, and with a new campaign from the nonprofit League of Conservation Voters Inc., the money continues to pour in.

The League of Conservation Voters Inc. reported spending nearly $382,000 opposing Lungren in California’s rejiggered 7th District this week as part of its “Flat Earth Five” campaign, which targets five Republican representatives for their denial of global warming.

The $2 million campaign includes telephone calls to voters, direct mail and television ads in an effort to unseat Lungren and Republican Reps. Dan Benishek of Michigan, Ann Marie Buerkle of New York, Francisco Canseco of Texas and Joe Walsh of Illinois.

California’s 7th District has seen in $4.3 million in outside spending so far, and $3.1 million of that has been spent opposing Lungren, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The race has attracted many the big hitters, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Service Employees International Union, House Majority PAC and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

This is not the first time Lungren has been criticized for his environmental policies. In September, Sierra Club Independent Action, a super PAC, released the ad “Oily Politics,” which emphasizes Lungren’s campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, he has received $46,800 from oil and gas corporate political action committees and employees, the No. 9 industry contributor to his campaign.

Lungren has voted to support new oil refineries and for offshore drilling, as well as to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. He opposes cap-and-trade and tax credits for wind energy production and green transportation initiatives, according to congressional voting records compiled by the website Ontheissues.com.

His opponent Bera favors tax credits and increased investment in renewable energy and opposes offshore drilling, according to his website.

The Sacramento Bee, which endorsed Lungren in 2010, supports Bera this time around, though it says both are “thoughtful candidates who have a passion for their communities.”

Bera’s commitment to fighting global warming, according to the editorial, helped him win the Bee’s endorsement.

In other outside spending news:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a series of ads in New York congressional districts at a total cost of $1.8 million:

  • Pay More” opposing Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in New York’s 1st District cost $305,000;
  • Wrong” opposing Democrat Sean Maloney in New York’s 18th District cost $380,000;
  • Broken Trust” opposing Democratic Rep. Bill Owens in New York’s 21st District cost $390,000;
  • Closed” opposing former Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei in New York’s 24th District cost $185,000;
  • Wrong Way” opposing Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter in New York’s 25th District cost $185,000;
  • Failure” opposing Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul in New York’s 27th District cost $130,000.

The Chamber also released “Fast Pace,” which supports Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., and cost $103,000, and reported spending $100,000 on an ad opposing Democrat Lois Frankel, who is running for U.S. House in Florida’s 22nd District.

  • Two more ads from conservative groups responded to Wednesday’s first presidential debate. Conservative nonprofit American Future Fund’s “Out of Time” shows clips edited together making GOP nominee Mitt Romney sound like a smooth, strong speaker and making President Barack Obama sound stumbling and lost. The Republican National Committee’s video highlights three of Romney’s “zingers.”
  • Pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future released “The New Normal,” opposing Obama.
  • Pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action reported spending $3.5 million on ads opposing Romney.
  • Planned Parenthood Votes, a super PAC, released “Working for Wisconsin,” supporting Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who is running for U.S. Senate in the state.
  • House Majority PAC, a super PAC backing Democrats running for U.S. House, released “Bills,” opposing Rep. Allen West, the Republican running for election in Florida’s 18th District. The super PAC reported spending $1.6 million on ads in races across the country.
  • American Bridge 21st Century posted an online video called “The No-Show Treasurer” opposing Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the state.
  • American Unity PAC, a conservative super PAC, released “Wrong Prescription,” an ad opposing emergency room doctor Raul Ruiz, the Democrat running for Congress from California’s 36th District.
  • Conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation has a politically active “social welfare” nonprofit called Heritage Action for America, which reported spending $25,000 opposing Obama, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa. This is the group’s first reported campaign expenditure. The Heritage Foundation has received significant funding the Charles G. Koch Foundation, and the billionaire sits on the Heritage Foundation’s board. It is unknown who funds Heritage Action because nonprofits are not required to disclose their donors
  • AFSCME PEOPLE, the political action committee of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, reported spending $302,000 on ads opposing Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, the Republican running for U.S. Senate in the state.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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George Young

Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.