March 19, 2012 4:32 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • Mayor Ryan McEachron on Monday refunded a $1,000 contribution to his campaign for the 8th Congressional District after learning the donation wasn’t allowed under federal election code.

On Oct. 28, McEachron transferred $1,000 from his “Committee to Elect Ryan McEachron” political action committee — established to raise funds for his run for Victorville City Council — to the campaign fund for his Congressional run, according to records on file with the Federal Election Commission.

FEC code states: “A candidate’s authorized (federal) committee may not accept funds or assets transferred from a committee established by the same candidate for a nonfederal election campaign.”

Candidates can refund any leftover money and coordinate with contributors to redonate those funds to the federal campaign, but the law states the candidate can’t simply transfer the funds over.

McEachron said his treasurer, David Bauer with The Wayne Johnson Agency in Sacramento, had told him the donation was allowed.

Bauer said by phone Monday that he’d referenced an election code that says state committees can transfer up to $1,000 to federal campaigns if the donations were from individual contributors and not corporations. He didn’t realize until contacted by the Daily Press on Monday that the law didn’t cover transfers from local campaign committees launched by the candidate.

Local resident Bob Squillace filed a complaint with the FEC a couple weeks ago after spotting the improper contribution.

McEachron raised a total of $22,400 for his Congressional campaign in 2011, according to the FEC. He’s the only candidate in that race who listed any funds for that calendar year.

Of the $21,400 in donations from individuals, $10,000 was from people associated with ISU Insurance, including McEachron’s parents. McEachron runs a local office for ISU.

McEachron also received $4,800 in combined donations from the owners of Burrtec Waste, the firm with which Victorville contracts for trash services. He received $2,500 from Prime Healthcare manager Laxman Reddy and $2,000 from attorneys with the City of Victorville’s law firm, Green, De Bortnowsky & Quintanilla.

He also received $1,000 each from Apple Valley attorney Michael Davis and from Michelle Gapen, who is dating city attorney Andre de Bortnowsky and whose mother was once married to former Victorville City Manager Jim Cox.

Candidates have to file updated campaign disclosure reports by April 15 for the first quarter of 2012

Brooke Edwards Staggs may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at

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