Saturday, September 10, 2011 – 01:35 p.m.
Republished from Sunday, September 4, 2011

InlandPolitics.com has learned that a contribution to the campaign of San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford may be the focus of an investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission and possibly the San Bernardino County District Attorney.

The blog has also learned that the District Attorney has been made aware of the matter.

State investigators have been asking questions related to a single $1,000 contribution to Rutherford on July 29, 2010.

The seemingly mundane donation came from a hair stylist, who has both Rutherford and local businessman Raul Madrid as clients.

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Sources tell InlandPolitics.com that Madrid is alleged to have passed the money through aRancho Cucamonga-based hair stylist to the Rutherford campaign in violation of state law.

An illegality probably unknown to the stylist, but not Rutherford or Madrid.

It is still uncertain as to the level of Rutherford’s knowledge as to specifics of the contribution. But in politics nothing is ever a secret for long.

What’s more interesting here is whether or not any criminal action, if warranted, will be taken against Rutherford by the District Attorney.

It is also unclear is how the issue came to the attention of officials.