10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, May 29, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County district attorney candidate Paul Zellerbach’s campaign raised $129,000 in eight weeks, he loaned himself $40,000, and then spent much of it on television ads and mailers, his latest contribution and expenditure form shows.

Zellerbach’s form, filed Wednesday with the Riverside County Registrar of Voters, shows during the March 19-May 22 reporting period that he added the $169,000 to an existing $19,180, then spent nearly $181,000, leaving $7,652.

Zellerbach is a Superior Court judge who has taken an unpaid leave of absence to run against incumbent District Attorney Rod Pacheco.

He has said he could not raise funds until late February, when his status as a judge on leave was confirmed. His campaign has raised a total of $214,295, including $50,000 in loans from Zellerbach.

Pacheco’s campaign spending form was not available Friday. The Thursday filing deadline could be met by postmark on a mailed form, but that delays availability for public viewing.

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