Rep. Brad Sherman‘s reelection campaign is asking federal authorities to investigate what it says is improper coordination between his main rival, fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman, and a “super PAC” formed to support Berman in the nationally watched contest.
In a complaint planned for delivery to the Federal Election Commission on Monday, Sherman campaign manager Scott Abrams alleges that a Berman operative did not wait the required 120 days between working for the Berman campaign and contracting with the super PAC.
Such fundraising groups, which emerged as a controversial factor in the presidential primary contest, can collect unlimited amounts of money to use in support of, or opposition to, specific candidates. But they are forbidden to coordinate with a candidate or a candidate’s campaign.
The complaint notes that the Berman campaign reported paying political consultant Jerry Seedborg $132,000 in the first three months of the year. During the same period, the super PAC reported paying Seedborg’s company, Voter Guide Slate Cards, $23,595 for mail advertisements touting Berman’s candidacy.
-- Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times