In this week's debate, former Congressman Doug Ose touted his support for McCain Feingold campaign finance reform legislation, but he has no problem relying on his own personal wealth and more than $7 million in outside spending from Washington D.C. special interest groups to prop up his candidacy, including one headed by a lobbyist for the government of Saudi Arabia. At least $2 million in spending from shady conservative attack groups has been announced just in the two days since the debate.
Some of Ose's latest help comes from some of the largest Super PACs in the country, American Action Network (AAN) and the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), who will spend nearly $2 million to attack Bera. Both are funded by Wall Street Bankers and insurance executives who want to privatize Social Security, and both are headed by Former Senator Norm Coleman, who is actually on the Saudi government payroll. As reported by the Nation, Coleman is, "the first leader of a significant Super PAC to simultaneously lobby for a foreign government."
"After getting millions of dollars in help from groups funded by Wall Street bankers and run by the likes of Bush mastermind Karl Rove, Congressman Ose has reached a shameful new low," said Bera spokesperson Allison Teixeira. "This election should be decided by the residents of Sacramento County, not Saudi kings. Doug Ose should stand up to foreign money infiltrating our election system."
The role of Saudi Arabia as a partner to US efforts to thwart ISIS is something Dr. Bera, who is on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has discussed at length. Bera believes Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region must step up to fight for their own countries' security; Ose believes that American troops may be necessary. Bera is the only AAN and CLF target who has jurisdiction over policy impacting Coleman's foreign clients.
Special interests spending in an attempt to help Ose include:
Crossroads G.P.S.: $900,000
National Republican Congressional Committee: $3,000,000
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: $300,800
American Crossroads: $1,000,000
American Action Network: $1,000,000
Congressional Leadership Fund: $1,000,000
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.