It seems San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane would like all of us to drink his flavor of “Kool-Aid”.

However, in Biane’s case it’s either a bottle of Kettle One vodka or a few bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Biane, who himself has apparently been a subject of focus by District Attorney Michael Ramos is attempting to woefully spin a ridiculous story that no one believes.

The District Attorney has made a referral to the California Fair Political Practices Commission related to a trip the two-term county supervisor and incoming county administrative officer Greg Devereaux took with two West Valley businessmen in September 2008.

While Devereaux appears to have made an honest attempt to comply with state law regarding such travel by public officials, Biane did the opposite.

Biane failed to make any disclosures regarding the travel, nor did he make any honest attempt at reimbursement. Only after Biane became aware that investigators for the District Attorney had acquired evidence of his travel did he disclose and reimburse. About five whole months later.

Biane dug himself a into a deeper hole by trying to classify the travel as having a political/governmental purpose, thus allowing him to reimburse from his campaign funds. It seems the trip to Morgantown, West Virginia was to attend a West Virginia University Mountaineers football game and play a round of golf.

Campaign finance records filed this week revealed that in the second half of 2009 Biane paid almost $50,000 in campaign funds to the Los Angeles-based law firm of Corbin, Fitzgerald & Athey LLP.  A firm that specializes in white-collar criminal defense, political corruption and election fraud.

When asked by local newspapers inquired about the expenditures Biane declined to be interviewed, but instead issued the following statement.

“As has been widely reported, I was asked to provide testimony to the Grand Jury. I don’t believe anyone should testify in any legal proceeding without seeking the advice of counsel,” Biane said in the statement. “So that’s what I did. It’s as simple as that.”

Biane must be kidding. Advice about Grand Juy testimony?

Was the fee the law firm charged $5,000 an hour?

No one is buying it. Two area legal experts, when asked by a local newspaper didn’t buy it either.

Biane’s explanation isn’t plausible. Not even close.