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Ami Bera leading Dan Lungren in fundraising for Galt congressional seat

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Ami Bera

Dan Lungren

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 10:37 am, Sat Oct 30, 2010.

Third Congressional District challenger Ami Bera has raised $2.1 million, which amounts to $1 million more than incumbent Republican Dan Lungren as of Sept. 30, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Moreover, Bera poured $125,000 of his own money last week to beef up a last-minute attack.

Lungren, a veteran Republican congressman from Gold River who has served the Galt area for six years, is facing a stiff challenge from Bera, an Elk Grove physician.

In addition to Galt, the sprawling district covers eastern Sacramento County suburbs, parts of Yolo County and all of Amador, Calaveras and Alpine counties.

Though Galt is part of the district, little money from the city has gone toward the congressional campaign, according to FEC figures.

More than 3,300 individuals have contributed to Bera's campaign, according to his campaign office.

Some major contributors to Lungren's campaign include the California Farm Bureau Fund to Protect the Family Farm with $8,954, Chevron Employees PAC with $10,000, and former Republican Gov. George Deukmejian with $750.

Other major contributors to Lungren include several giving $10,000 — Surewest Communications, Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Comcast PAC, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, Real Estate Roundtable PAC and the New York Life Insurance PAC. Additionally, the president and CEO of Raley's, William Coyne, contributed $4,800.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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