Video - Out of The Gate, Bera Supporters Leaving Nothing to Chance

July 8, 2018 |

In this day of big money in politics, a crucial part of any campaign is the influence of so-called independent expenditure on behalf of issues and candidates, liberal and conservative. In the race for California's 7th Congressional district, this practice has already started for one candidate.

In what has become a perennially competitive race, supporters of Democratic incumbent Dr. Ami Bera are starting their efforts to get the three-term congressman elected to a fourth term. During the first week of July, these groups have already sent out two pieces.

The first piece came from the California Democratic Party and involved a door-to-door effort to reach voters. For voters unable to receive the front door visitor, a tri-fold piece was left at front doors.

The other effort was a mailer sent by the interest group, Washington D.C.-based Alliance For Patient Access. The glossy mailer focuses on senior citizen health care calling Bera a "2018 Champion of Medicare Access."

The Alliance For Patient Access has been criticized for its ties to big pharma. By law, it is illegal for independent groups to coordinate election efforts with a candidate.

To date, Bera's opponent, Republican Andrew Grant, has not yet had any large independent expenditures made in support of his candidacy. As in the past four elections cycles, interest groups associated with Republican candidates are expected to advocate for Grant.   

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