WASHINGTON -- Real estate and hospital interests are pouring more than $600,000 into a campaign to re-elect Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced.
On Friday, the American Hospital Association reported that its political action committee was spending $119,000 on television ads supporting Cardoza.
The money comes on top of National Association of Realtors' reports that it had spent $495,000 on Cardoza's behalf over the past week.
The so-called independent expenditures are a remarkable investment on behalf of an incumbent who is not near the top of anyone's list of most vulnerable lawmakers.
Cardoza himself has more than $500,000 stockpiled, his own newly filed statements show.
Cardoza reported raising $249,107 between July 1 and Sept. 30. He had $508,064 available in the campaign treasury prepared to fend off a challenge from Republican Mike Berryhill.
Cardoza also reported no campaign debts, as he seeks election to his fifth term representing the 18th Congressional District.
Berryhill has struggled in fundraising through his campaign. He reported owing $240,000, much of it to himself, as of June 30. Berryhill's latest campaign report wasn't available as of late Friday afternoon.
Republican state Sen. Jeff Denham of Merced, who faces only nominal opposition from Madera County Democrat Loraine Goodwin for the open 19th Congressional District seat, reported raising $208,414 during the period.