Head of ICR Staffing loans his campaign committee $150,000
May 16, 2012 9:09 AM
Beau Yarbrough, Staff Writer

So far, the best financial friend for the campaigns of San Bernardino County 1st District supervisor candidates have been the candidates themselves.

The largest single campaign contribution for four of the seven candidates have been loans from the candidates themselves to their own campaign committees. It’s likely a reflection of lean financial times for political contributions: Only one of the seven men seeking to replace Brad Mitzelfelt as the 1st District’s representative on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors — businessman Robert Lovingood — has a campaign fund in the six figures.

Far and away, the biggest pile of campaign cash belongs to Lovingood. The president of ICR Staffing loaned the Lovingood for Board of Supervisors 2012 committee $150,000, bringing his campaign to a total of $150,099 as of March 26. Lovingood had yet to spend any of those funds by the end of the filing period.

In distant second place is firefighter union president Bret Henry. The Committee to Elect Bret Henry for Supervisor 2012 had $31,000 in its war chest as of March 21, with $30,000 of it coming from the San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters organization. During the same period, Henry’s campaign spent $36,200, including $10,250 to campaign consulting firm Steve Presson & Associates of Gold River

In the first three months of 2012, Hesperia Mayor Russ Blewett raised $17,450 for his campaign commit- tee, Russ Blewett for Supervisor 2012. His largest donations included $5,000 checks from Desert Valley Medical Group and dentist Ronald Cunning of Montclair and $2,500 donations from Lewis Investment Group of Upland and Robertson’s Ready Mix Concrete of Riverside. He spent a little more than half of his funds during that period, spending $9,670 by March 17, almost all of it ($7,712) on administrative fees paid to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

As of March 26, Bob Smith, a community liaison for Mitzelfelt, had raised $14,300 for his Bob Smith for Supervisor 2012 campaign committee. However, like several of his competitors, he’s his own best contributor, having loaned his campaign $13,700 of his own money. So far, he’s spent $12,037 of that, including $3,500 to campaign consultants Tab Communications of Fair Oaks.

Apple Valley town councilman Rick Roelle had $14,058 in the Committee to Elect Rick Roelle 1st District Supervisor 2012 war chest, including $12,058 through a loan from himself. As of March 22, he’d spent $11,661 of it, including $7,727 to the registrar of voters and $3,370 for signage.

The Michael Orme for Supervisor 2012 committee had raised $8,300, with $6,700 of that coming from a single political action committee: Children for a Safer Community. Orme, a field representative for Congressman Buck McKeon, spent $9,464 as of March 28.

As of April 6, Adelanto school board member Jermaine Wright had neither collected nor spent any campaign funds.

State law requires any candidate who has raised or spent more than $1,000 to file California Form 460, the Recipient Committee Campaign Statement. The most recent set of forms filed by candidates cover the period between Jan. 1 and March 17 of this year and had to be filed by March 22. The next set of forms, covering March 18 through May 19, must be turned into the registrar of voters by May 24 in advance of the June 5 primary

Beau Yarbrough may be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@HesperiaStar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.

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