GOP leaders help Rep. Lungren close money gap

House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) appears to have no hard feelings toward Rep. Dan Lungren despite the California Republican's 2008 bid to usurp his job. 

Boehner will be in Sacramento on Friday night to headline a fundraiser for the eight-term congressman.

"Lungren's targeted, so we appreciate the leader taking the time to come through and help with the fundraising," Rob Stutzman, a Lungren spokesman, told The Sacramento Bee. "Obviously, we're getting outraised."

Lungren had $800,000 in cash on hand at the end of June, compared to $1.14 million for Ami Bera, his Democratic challenger.
 The congressman spent more than $1.3 million on his reelection in 2008.

Bera, as a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue program, is one of his party's top prospects this cycle. He's also received financial support from the Democratic leadership, with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) headlining an event for him last week.

The DCCC has also reserved air time in the Sacramento media market, which could be used to support Bera.