Saturday, April 21, 2012 – 05:00 p.m.

Campaign money was barely flowing, during the January to mid-March reporting period, in the race to succeed San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, unless of course a candidate funded themselves.

Two hotly-contested High Desert races, including the heavily-crowded 8th Congressional District, combined with a bad economy, is clearly impacting campaign fundraising.

The seven candidates vying for the First District seat collectively raised just $235, 507.

But, if you subtract loans the candidates made to themselves, the amount raised from contributors was a meager $72,000 across-the-board.

Yes, $72,000 among seven candidates.

Here’s the financial breakdown for all of the contenders as of the March 17, 2012 filing cutoff:

                        Contributions  Expenses    Cash       Outstanding
Candidate               Received       Paid        On Hand    Debt
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Robert Lovingood        $ 150,099      $      0    $ 150,099  $ 150,000
Brett Henry             $  31,300      $ 36,200    $  11,440  $  16,340
Russ Blewett            $  17,450      $  9,670    $   8,729  $   1,200
Bob Smith               $  14,300      $ 12,037    $   2,617  $  14,054
Rick Roelle             $  14,058      $ 11,661    $   2,397  $       0
Michael Orme            $   8,300      $  9,464    $     585  $   1,750
Jermaine Wright, Sr.    $       0      $      0    $       0  $       0.

Businessman Robert Lovingood is trying to buy the seat, with his cash infusion of $150,000 to his campaign. In a race such as this, he could succeed.

Fire Captain Brett Henry raised the bulk of his money from the San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters. The fire captain ballot designation should not be under estimated here.

The only other candidate with a likely decent name identification with voters is Hesperia Mayor Russ Blewett.

Money will clearly be a factor in such a wide field, where a run-off is inevitable.