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Sunday, December 16, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County is about to make good on its promise to have the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) take over enforcement of campaign finance laws in the county.

On Tuesday, County supervisors are set to approve a new two-year $493,296 contract with the commission, which runs from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014.

The contract places outside third party oversight and enforcement of political and campaign-related offenses.

The move should clip the wings of a District Attorney, who’s used the state’s campaign finance statutes to attack political enemies, while at the same time protect allies and not-to-mention himself.

FPPC Chair Ann Ravel has previously said that independent oversight and enforcement would be good for San Bernardino County.

Frankly, we’re sure that many people agree and welcome the change.