"State records show that unions representing health care workers at two North Bay hospitals paid Allen at least $20,000 last year for legal services. The income, which Allen legally had to report under state political disclosure laws, was in addition to the $95,291 Allen earned as a state lawmaker last year."
Howard Berman may be wondering that with friends like Darrell Issa, who needs enemies? Issa, a powerful House member known best for his attacks on the Democratic administration, praised the liberal Berman, who is in a tough reelection fight.
From the LA Times' Jean Merl: "Rep. Howard Berman, who is locked in a pitched reelection battle with fellow liberal Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman, likes to say he can work with Republicans to get things done. But even he may have been surprised when a conservative GOP colleague offered him some effusive support recently."
I don't tell people to vote for Democrats," Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) told an audience at the Beverly Hills Hotel. "If there were a good Republican in the race, I wouldn't tell you to vote for Howard, probably. But the fact is, Howard is in the race of his lifetime, and I want him back."
"Issa made the remarks Sunday at the entertainment industry's American Spirit Awards, where he and Berman were being honored. An audiotape was sent to a Daily Variety editor, Ted Johnson, who wrote about the episode on the publication's Wilshire & Washington blog."