Ose loans in House race mean donation limits are lifted
WASHINGTON (AP) ” Republican congressional candidate Doug Ose has loaned so much money to his campaign that contribution limits are being lifted for his GOP opponents in the 4th Congressional District now represented by John Doolittle.
Ose has triggered the so-called “millionaire’s amendment” in the Northern California race by lending himself $849,000.
The 52-year-old Sacramento developer was the 3rd District Congressman from 1998 to 2004 and quit after promising his constituents he would only serve three terms.
Ose’s loans mean his opponents, who include Southern California state senator Tom McClintock, will be able to accept contributions of up to $6,900 per donor for the June 3 primary, three times the normal limit.
Ose has spent some of his money to cast McClintock as a carpetbagger and career politician, while McClintock claims Ose is trying to buy his way into Congress.
Others running in the GOP primary are Ted Terbolizard and Suzanne Jones.
Charlie Brown is running uncontested in the Democratic primary and will face the Republican candidate in a runoff for the congressional seat.
Doolittle is under federal investigation and is not seeking re-election.