The campaign finance disclosure statements for members of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors have some interesting characteristics of note.
Here is the annual summary of all five supervisors who collectively raised $899,384.54 in 2009.
Not bad for a poor economy.
SUPERVISOR CONTRIBUTIONS EXPENSES CASH ON HAND Brad Mitzelfelt $ 175,681.60 $ 166,650.94 $ 160,165.99 Paul Biane* $ 235,427.00 $ 387,224.83 $ 384,896.60 Neil Derry $ 55,213.00 $ 42,313.04 $ 91,907.57 Gary Ovitt* $ 208,316.50 $ 227,744.74 $ 95,891.10 Josie Gonzales $ 224,746.94 $ 111,039.26 $ 605,295.13 * Candidate for re-election in June 2010 Source: San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters
Without looking at expenses in more detail, it’s hard to say whether or not rule changes imposed by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) in Jul 2008 is having any impact on committee expenditures. From the looks of things the answer is “No”.
It’s inexplicable how officeholders can blow six figures in a non-election year.
After all, isn’t the purpose of a campaign account for running a campaign?
Hats off to Supervisors Derry and Gonzales for trying at least to control themsleves.
It should also be noted that no county-wide official could find their way to filing electronically to allow for online public disclosure.