10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 25, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

The San Bernardino police and fire unions contributed $32,763 in cash and services to Robert Jenkins in the final weeks of the City Council Ward 2 campaign, an election that Jenkins won with almost twice as many votes as his nearest challenger.

According to campaign fundraising documents filed with the city clerk, all but $1,820 of the contributions Jenkins received during the May 29 to June 25 reporting period came from the two public safety unions.

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association paid for a mailer that cost $4,722. The San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters Local 891 paid for the production of television advertisements, transportation and lodging that cost $12,958; a community barbecue at a cost of $374; and a mailer that cost $4,708.

Also, the police union wrote a check for $10,000 on July 7, according to a document Jenkins filed after the reporting period. Police and fire unions had previously each contributed $5,000.

Other contributions included $500 each from the Building Industry Association of Southern California, lawyer Wilfrid Cunningham Lemann and the Committee on Political Education of an AFL-CIO chapter that represents San Bernardino and Riverside County workers.

Jenkins said during the campaign that if elected, he would find more money for public safety. He also said he would not be influenced by contributions.

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