Brad Sherman releases federal tax returns

LA TIMES (April 17, 2012): Saying voters are entitled to know whether their elected officials are “paying our fair share,” Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) on Tuesday released copies of his 2011 federal income tax returns—and challenged his main rival to do the same.

“I believe it is extremely important to demonstrate my commitment to transparency during a time of rising cynicism about whether our nation’s political leaders are paying their fair share in taxes,” Sherman said.

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Sherman to unveil ‘missing taxpayers’ owed refunds

LA TIMES: “Before he won elected office, Rep. Brad Sherman was a CPA and a tax lawyer. So the news conference he’s scheduled to reveal the names of taxpayers owed millions in refunds seems right up his alley.”

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Trade Coalition Endorses Congressman Sherman

Read the press release below from the Trade Brigade of Citizens Trade Campaign as they endorse Congressman Brad Sherman for Re-Election.

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For Immediate Release
April 10, 2012

Contact: Arthur Stamoulis
(202) 494-8826

Trade Coalition Endorses Congressman Sherman

Labor, Farm and Environmental Groups Credit Sherman as a Champion of Fair Trade and a Sound Economy

Washington, D.C. — America’s largest non-partisan trade coalition, with over 11 million combined members, endorsed Congressman Brad Sherman for re-election today. Sherman is one of only a handful of Members of Congress to win the support of the Trade Brigade of Citizens Trade Campaign this primary season, an acknowledgement of his long history of supporting trade policy reform.

“A lot of candidates talk about trade reform during election time, but Congressman Sherman is someone who has fought for it tirelessly throughout his career,” said PAC coordinator Arthur Stamoulis. “He has long opposed job-killing trade agreements, and is a consistent champion of fair trade initiatives.”

Sherman sided with California’s working families in October, when he voted against Bush-negotiated free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. At the time, he rose on the floor of Congress to point out how the Korea pact’s lax rule of origin provisions created a back door for increased imports from China and possibly even North Korea.

In response to increasing trade deficits, Sherman also co-sponsored the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment Act of 2009 — also known as the TRADE Act — to offer a more balanced and responsible way to expand international trade.

“Congressman Sherman knows that there’s a right way and a wrong way to expand international trade,” said Stamoulis. “He is taking the steps needed to expand trade and increase exports in a manner that actually creates jobs and improves working conditions in California and beyond. America needs his continued leadership in Congress.”

Sherman’s opponent in the primary, Howard Berman, voted for the Colombia, Panama and Korea Free Trade Agreements and refused to cosponsor the TRADE Act.

Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC) was formed in 1992 to unite labor, environmental, family farm, consumer and faith organizations against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition works together to oppose job-killing trade agreements and promote a positive vision for international trade.


Sherman Reports $4 Million Cash on Hand as of March 31

The Sherman campaign announced today it will report over $4 million cash on
hand as of March 31.

“We’ve been able to finance a robust campaign where we have visited, called,and mailed to every likely voter in the district again and again,” said Parke Skelton, the campaign’s consultant. “We still have $4 million cash on hand to carry on a more robust campaign in future months.”

Earlier this week Sherman released a poll by Diane Feldman showing he leads
Howard Berman by a 2 to 1 margin.

Sherman has been endorsed by every elected official who lives in California’s
new 30th district, except for one who worked for Berman for 20 years as his
district director.

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New poll: Congressman Sherman remains likely winner of the election in CD30

Diane Feldman poll: “Sherman leads Berman by more than two-to-one in the full field and by 27-points in a one-on-one match… Sherman remains better known and more popular in the San Fernando Valley, especially in the portion of the district that he represents now, which has almost double the number of voters as Berman’s current district. Voters are particularly impressed with Sherman’s leadership on local issues and accessibility in the Valley.”

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Congressman Brad Sherman Scores another Law Enforcement Endorsement

San Fernando Valley – U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-CA, was endorsed today by an organization representing 30,000 Southern California police officers and sheriff deputies after the group weighed the congressman’s exemplary record of support on key public safety issues.

Brad’s latest endorsement comes from the Southern California Alliance of Law Enforcement (SCALE) and was announced by SCALE executive, Floyd Hayhurst. “When it comes to public safety issues and supporting rank-and-file deputies and officers, Brad has been there for us. Now it’s time for us to be there for him. We’re pleased to announce our endorsement of Brad’s reelection bid.”

Brad said he was extremely proud to have earned SCALE’s endorsement which comes on the heels of endorsements as well from The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) and from LA County Sheriff Lee Baca.

Brad has been a strong supporter of using federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) funding to protect local law enforcement agencies from painful, recession-driven layoffs and, as the leading Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, has been a forceful advocate for coordinating the efforts of all levels of law enforcement in the fight against terrorism.

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Brad Sherman has hired a familiar name to be his campaign spokesman

LA Observed: Rep. Brad Sherman has hired a familiar name to be his campaign spokesman during this year’s showdown in the San Fernando Valley. It’s John Schwada, the former Fox 11 politics reporter who took a few spins around the track here last year as a contributor at LA Observed. Before joining Channel 11 Schwada had been a reporter at the LA Times and, before that, for the Herald Examiner.

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Latino Democrats of the San Fernando Valley and Latino Democrats of Los Angeles County endorse Brad Sherman

Sherman continues to dominate among Democratic groups endorsing in CD30

Last night the Latino Democrats of the San Fernando Valley and the Latino Democrats of Los Angeles County endorsed Brad Sherman for re-election to Congress.

Both candidates sought the endorsement of the influential and active Latino Democrats. They voted to go with Sherman based upon his strong history of grassroots work in the Valley and proven support for the Latino community.

“Brad Sherman is a fighter for the issues Latino families care about – outstanding schools public, affordable options for college, good jobs and a fair immigration policy that gives hard working immigrants a path to citizenship,” stated Pedro Flores, Outreach Director for the Latino Democrats.

Democratic organizations that have endorsed have overwhelmingly endorsed Brad Sherman, including:

Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley
Stonewall Democratic Club
Stonewall Young Democrats
Burbank Democratic Club
Malibu Democratic Club
Democratic Advocates for Disability Issues (DADI)
Kennedy Democrats of the San Fernando Valley

“Brad Sherman is the candidate of Democrats who live and vote in the San Fernando Valley,” stated Sherman’s consultant Parke Skelton. “His hard work and dedication to serving his community is why he is going to win this race. “

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Four more big endorsements for Brad Sherman

Brad Sherman today announced that he has been endorsed by:

  • Steve Westly – Former Controller for the State of California and prominent tech leader.
  • Loretta Sanchez – United States Congress member from Orange County.
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11
  • National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 2462

Steve Westly served as California’s elected Controller, the State’s Chief Fiscal Officer from 2003-2007.  In 2008 he served as California Co-Chair of the Obama for President campaign.  Currently he is CEO of The Westly Group, one of the nation’s largest clean energy venture funds.

Loretta Sanchez astonished the political world by upsetting an entrenched Republican incumbent in an Orange County congressional district in 1996.  She has gone on to serve with distinction, regarded as a leading authority on military and national security issues.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11, represents 7,500 electrical workers in Southern California. They are an innovative 21st Century union that plays an important role in training workers for jobs in the clean energy future.

The National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 2462 represents postal workers in Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Encino and Tarzana.  They are the second branch of the NALC to endorse Sherman so far.  Brad Sherman has now been endorsed by 12 unions representing tens of thousands of workers and their families in CD30.