FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2016
ELK GROVE, CA – In response to Babulal Bera’s admission that he had violated campaign finance law, Rep. Ami Bera released the following statement:
“I am incredibly saddened and disappointed in learning what my dad did. While I deeply love my father, it’s clear he has made a grave mistake that will have real consequences for him.
“Since I learned from authorities about this investigation, my team and I have cooperated fully with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Neither I, nor anyone involved with my campaign, was aware of my father’s activities until we learned about them from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and, on the advice of my attorney, I have not discussed this matter or anything else regarding my campaigns with my father.
“Once this investigation was made public, I immediately took steps to give the full amount of improper donations to the United States Treasury and the taxpayers.
“My father taught me the value of hard work and, if not for him, I would not be a doctor. But he also taught me that we are all accountable for our own actions, and he has accepted responsibility for what he did."
Also, as the Los Angeles Times noted:
“Congressman Bera and his campaign staff have been fully cooperative in this investigation," acting U.S. Atty. Phillip A. Talbert said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
“To date, there is no indication from what we’ve learned in the investigation that either the congressman or his campaign staff knew of, or participated in, the reimbursements of contributions."
Babulal “Bob” Bera was born in Vadodara, in the state of Gujarat, India. Determined to build a better life, Bob immigrated legally to California in 1958 to earn a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Two years later, Bob’s wife Kanta joined him, also attending USC to earn her graduate degree, and then working as a public school teacher in and around the LA metro area for more than 30 years while they raised a family.
During his studies, Bob worked part-time for the LA Dodgers, and after school he rose through the ranks to become a Vice President of the electronics company Avnet before moving on to Carol Cable.
Retiring in the 1980’s as a chemical engineer, Bob devoted himself to providing greater opportunities for his family and three boys by investing in the hospitality and hotel industry. While a long-time supporter of his local community, Bob became a first-time political donor through interest in his son’s 2010 race for Congress.