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Schiff received News Corp. contribution

July 22, 2011

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) received a $1,000 political contribution from the American subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., according to the latest information from the Federal Election Commission.

The contribution in March came from the political action committee for News America Holdings Inc. — Fox, an affiliate of News Corp., which has been embroiled in the British phone-hacking scandal for weeks.

Schiff’s office on Thursday did not respond to requests for comment.

Overall, the News America Holdings money was a small part of the $483,324 Schiff raised during the latest six-month reporting period, according to the Federal Election Commission.

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But that amount was far less than what Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) took in. He raised $824,064 during the past six months, and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) raised $579,701. Sherman could face off against Berman as district maps are reshaped.

Schiff’s possible reelection rival, Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas), raised $58,882 during the same period.

PACs for several unions gave Sherman $5,000 contributions during the past three months, including the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Operating Engineers Local 12 and the International Assn. of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers.

A PAC for Price Waterhouse Coopers also contributed $5,000. Committees for the Mortgage Bankers Assn. and the Credit Union National Assn. donated a total of $10,000 each.

Schiff reported a $5,000 contribution from a PAC for Sheet Metal Worker’s International and a $3,000 contribution from a PAC for the American Assn. of Clinical Urologists.

State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) reported that he raised $320,070 during the past six months, including $5,000 contributions from PACs for Sheet Metal Workers’ International, Unite Here Tip Campaign Committee and United Assn. of Journeymen and Apprentices of the United States and Canada Local 447.

Mark Kellam

Sherman remains outside Burbank’s district

The latest round of redistricting maps shows Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) continuing to no longer represent part of Burbank.

The latest round also cuts off the piece of North Hollywood that was included in the first set of proposed maps for Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Burbank) district. Instead, the district’s western border would end at the Burbank city limit.

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