SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The father of a California congressman is admitting he illegally funneled nearly $270,000 in campaign contributions to his son’s campaigns.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove is not charged. Bera is running for re-election against Republican Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.READ MORE: Video Released Of Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Of Tahoe Park Resident Who Shot At Authorities
Babulal Bera pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating federal election laws. Prosecutors are seeking no more than 2½ years in prison.READ MORE: Coroner Identifies Passenger Killed In Wrong-Way DUI Crash On Highway 99
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento says the elder Bera arranged for friends, relatives and acquaintances to contribute to his son’s failed 2010 campaign. He did it again for his son’s successful 2012 bid, when he unseated Republican Congressman Dan Lungren.MORE NEWS: Looting Suspect Accused Of Dozens Of Thefts Arrested In South Lake Tahoe
He then illegally reimbursed the donors.