Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Babulal Bera, La Palma, guilty of illegal campaign contributions to his son's Rep. Democrat Ami Bera's (D-Elk Grove) campaign

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Babulal Bera, 83, of La Palma, California, pleaded guilty today in Sacramento before U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley in the Eastern District of California to making excessive campaign contributions and making campaign contributions in the name of another, according to announcement by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert of the Eastern District of California made the announcement.
In connection with his pleas, Bera admitted that, in 2010 and 2012, he made the maximum allowable individual contributions to his son’s congressional campaigns in California’s District 3 (2010) and District 7 (2012). 
 Amerish Babulal "Ami" Bera has been the U.S. Representative for California's 7th congressional district since 2013.  Bera is currently the only Indian American serving in the United States Congress and the only Unitarian Universalist in Congress

Rep. Ami Bera

Babulal Bera admitted that he solicited friends, family members and acquaintances to make contributions, which he then reimbursed with his own funds to make campaign contributions in excess of the contribution limits established by federal law.  The government has identified over 130 improper campaign contributions involving approximately 90 contributors in the two elections.  To date, the government has identified over $220,000 in reimbursed contributions relating to the 2010 campaign and over $40,000 in reimbursed contributions relating to the 2012 campaign.
This case was investigated by the FBI.  Trial Attorney Richard Evans of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Vincent and Philip Ferrari are prosecuting the case.

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