Ami Bera claims he learned just last October of the illegal campaign finance scheme that brought nearly $270,000 into his campaign coffers, but a cursory look at the facts raises even more questions about his involvement.
- In court, Ami’s 83 year old father requested a translator for the hearing and needed a cane to move about effectively, yet Bera expects us to believe that his elderly father masterminded a massive money laundering scheme without help, including from his son?
- Babulal Bera used the illegal practices widely over multiple election cycles. How could the candidate, campaign managers, and finance directors in both cycles be completely unaware of these activities as money was pouring in the door?
- Did Rep. Bera ever have personal conversations with any of these donors reimbursed by his father? Did they ever mention his father’s role?
- Why did Babulal Bera use these practices in 2010 and 2012, but not 2014? Who put a stop to the scheme?
Clearly, recent revelations are just the tip of the iceberg.
NRCC Comment: “Ami Bera needs to be honest about exactly what he knew about his father’s illegal fundraising scheme and exactly when he knew it.” – NRCC Spokesman Zach Hunter