The American Action Network (AAN) announced yesterday that it will be spending $750,000 to attack Dr. Ami Bera throughout Sacramento County, highlighting his opponent former Congressman Doug Ose's continued reliance on outside funding to support his radical agenda. Doug Ose has yet to air an ad for the 2014 General Election and as of the last reporting period trailed Bera by more than $1.8 million in cash on hand. However, since the June primary, Washington interest groups have reserved nearly $3,300,000 in ads to attack Bera and attempt to prop up Ose in Sacramento County.
"This latest ad buy is just another indication that support for Doug Ose’s radical ideology is coming from Washington D.C. insiders, not Sacramento families,” said Bera spokesperson Allison Teixeira. “Our seniors have worked hard to earn their Social Security benefits. They don’t want Doug Ose and his CEO friends to line their pockets by gambling seniors’ retirement security on Wall Street.”
The interest groups backing Doug Ose all emphatically support his plan to privatize social security. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent over $300,000 on ads, supports privatizing Social Security and ending the Medicare guarantee. The president and founder of the AAN also supportsprivatizing Social Security while providing tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
In 2012, Dr. Bera ran on his pledge to refuse his Congressional pension until Social Security and Medicare were secure for our seniors and for future generations. Earlier this year Dr. Bera kept his promise and returned his pension to the U.S. Treasury.
Dr. Ami Bera represents Sacramento County in Congress. He’s working to make Congress a place for service and fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families. As a leader of the No Labels' Problem Solvers, Bera is leading the charge to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges, and worked to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra.