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Reps. Berman, Sherman continue to rake in campaign cash

October 16, 2012 | 11:43 am

Ka-ching! That’s become a familiar sound in the San Fernando Valley slugfest between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman.

Together, the two Democrats have spent more than $9 million through Sept. 30, according to the latest campaign finance reports.  Democrat Adam Schiff and Republican Jim Rogan set a record for a California House race by spending $11.5 million in their 2000 Glendale-area contest won by Schiff.

Heading into the crucial final weeks before the Nov. 6 election, Sherman had more cash on hand  than Berman -- $1.8 million to about $394,000, according to the reports. But each campaign contended that the other had less money to spend than reflected in the reports because of debts.

In addition to what the candidates spent, the race has drawn $2.5 million in outside spending, including $1 million spent by a pro-Berman Super PAC for such things as putting Berman’s name on a mailer targeted to Republican voters. A pro-Sherman group, Committee for Integrity in Government, also has spent about $179,000 on the race, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in politics.

Some other California races that have been targeted by the parties in their battle for control of the House have drawn a lot more outside spending.

Sherman raised a total of about $3 million for the election cycle, including $700,000 of his own money loaned to the campaign. Berman raised a total of roughly $4.2 million for the election cycle.


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Photo: Reps. Howard Berman, left, and Brad Sherman at a candidates forum early this year. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times