Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/02/2011 07:42:17 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A challenger to City Attorney James F. Penman in the November election apologized Tuesday for an email to 6,000 recipients in which he erroneously said Penman took campaign money from a key figure in the county’s latest corruption scandal.

David McKenna, a former county supervisor and public defender, said he based the Saturday email on an erroneous published report that Penman took $8,605 in campaign contributions indirectly from Colonies Partners LP co-managing partner Jeff Burum, a Rancho Cucamonga developer prosecutors say bribed county officials in connection with a $102 million legal settlement in 2006.

“I told Jim that I abundantly apologize and while I believe it was an honest mistake, it was a
mistake to link him to the Colonies scandal,” McKenna said.

Prosecutors allege that Burum gave four county officials bribes of $100,000 each that were funneled into the accounts of political action committees controlled by the four officials or members of their staffs within a year of the settlement.

Burum has not been charged with any crime.

One of the PACs that received one of the $100,000 contributions was the San Bernardino County Young Republicans.

The erroneous report linking Penman to Burum, which came from another news organization, said it was based on campaign filings from the Young Republicans in 2007-08.

According to campaign paperwork filed with the California Secretary of State’s Office, a box marked on Oct. 31, 2007, by San Bernardino County Young Republicans showed that the $8,605 was actually spent in opposition to Penman.

Penman expressed outrage Tuesday over McKenna’s email.

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