Berman, Sherman rolling in campaign cash
Rep. Howard L. Berman, battling fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman for a newly drawn San Fernando Valley congressional district, raised more than $1 million in a three-month period, campaign finance records filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission showed.
But Sherman, also no slouch in the fundraising department, had more left to spend--nearly $3.7 million--than Berman, who reported having $2.9 million on hand at the Dec. 31 end of the latest reporting period. That's because Sherman, who reported raising about $125,000 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, had stockpiled a considerable chunk of funds from previous campaigns.
The once-a-decade redrawing of political districts, done for the first time by a citizens commission instead of state legislators, put the homes of the two seasoned congressmen into the same district. Pundits are predicting their contest will set a spending record for House races.
Photo: Rep. Howard L. Berman, left, and Rep. Brad Sherman. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times