*Administrator’s Note: MacDuff’s dislike for Derry and fondness for ousted Supe Dennis Hansberger shows here. No surprise though! Obviously, MacDuff has forgotten about Hansbergers problem from a few years back. InlandPolitics.com will give a reminder later.

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Cassie MacDuff

The man who made ethics and transparency the cornerstones of his service as a San Bernardino County supervisor is charged with hiding the true source of a campaign contribution during his 2008 race.

Supervisor Neil Derry is accused of helping San Bernardino developer Arnold Stubblefield launder a $5,000 contribution through a political action committee controlled by disgraced former Assessor Bill Postmus.

An investigator’s declaration describes a lunch meeting between Derry, Postmus and four aides at which the scheme was cooked up.

Postmus pleaded guilty on March 28 to accepting a bribe and other felonies, in exchange for cooperating with investigators.

Derry’s may be the first criminal case to come out of that cooperation.

The charges against Derry hit Tuesday with a bang.

Derry proposed an ethics commission for the scandal-plagued county (the idea didn’t get support).

Derry proposed a “sunshine ordinance” to improve public access to public documents (the supes gave that a thumbs-up).

“I’m hopeful this ordinance will … build confidence through greater transparency,” Derry said when it was approved.

So it was mind-bending to hear he allegedly concealed a contribution from Arnold Stubblefield-Highland Town Shops through the Inland Empire PAC.

That would violate the Political Reform Act, whose intent is to give voters a clear window into who is backing political campaigns.

Derry issued a brief statement Wednesday afternoon.

“I have always tried to comply with the reporting requirements for my campaigns,” it said. “If I made a mistake I will correct it.”

But the investigator’s declaration filed in conjunction with the criminal complaint doesn’t make it sound like a “mistake.”

Derry reportedly told investigators he knew Stubblefield didn’t want his name on Derry’s campaign reports, and Derry suggested making the check out to the PAC then personally delivered it.

Campaign money-laundering is becoming all too familiar in the Inland area.

In 2008, auto dealer Mark Leggio admitted he had some employees and their family members make contributions to candidates then reimbursed them.

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