California Democrat Ami Bera opened his TV ad campaign with a spot that accuses Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) of "double-dipping into taxpayer money to fund his salary and lavish pension."
"Californians deserve to know who Lungren has been looking out for during his 30-year political career: himself,” said Lucinda Guinn, Bera's campaign manager, in a statement accompanying the ad's release.
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.
The first-time candidate had a financial advantage over Lungren as of the last reporting period. The Republican incumbent reported having $800,000 in cash on hand at the end of June, compared to $1.14 million for Bera.
The congressman spent more than $1.3 million on his reelection in 2008.