By PE Politics
September 30, 2011 6:53 PM

The San Bernardino County Republican Central Committee’s finances are getting a lot healthier thanks to a wealthy Northern California activist whose ideas are sometimes unpopular in GOP circles.

The county party has been moribund since its former chairman, Bill Postmus, and others became mired in the Colonies scandal.

As recently as mid-February, the county party had only $219 in the bank. It had $3,500 on hand as of mid-April.

The party’s latest financial statement, however, shows that it received $25,000 on Aug. 25 — $10,000 from Assemblyman Paul Cook and $15,000 from the Palo Alto-based Charles Munger/Charlotte Lowell Trust.

Charles Munger, Jr. is a wealthy physicist who spent $14 million on 2008 and 2010 ballot initiatives to create an independent commission to redraw Assembly, Senate, congressional and Board of Equalization lines.

Munger, vice-chairman of the Santa Clara County Republican Party, has pushed to moderate party positions, upsetting conservatives. Some Republicans, meanwhile, accuse the Citizens Redistricting Commission of crafting districts that unfairly hurt GOP chances in next year’s elections, particularly in the Senate and Congress.

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