Janice Rutherford

Rutherford

Friday, January 31, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

Last Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted to start the process to amend the campaign finance ordinance related to contribution limits.

The county tells local newspapers the changes are recommended by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), and it’s all their idea,

It smelled kind of fishy at the time. Well now we know why.

The process of amending the way candidates can raise contributions that are currently capped at $4,100 per donor source, per primary and general election cycle is now inprogress.

Under current law, a candidate or officeholder can raise only $4,100 per cycle. If they, the candidate, win in the primary election, and advance to a runoff, they can raise an additional $4,100 for that election.

Campaign finance statements filed today reveal that Second District Supervisor and Board Chairwoman Janice Rutherford has committed violations of the existing ordinance, which became effective January 1, 2013.

An ordinance that she championed!

Under current law, Rutherford, who is up for reelection in June, is bound by the $4,100 maximum.

Her reports tell a different story.

Apparently, in calendar year 2013,  Rutherford accepted $7,100 from Dentist Ronald Cunning and $5,100 from Care Ambulance Service. Both over the maximum limit allowed by law.

Under the pending change, Rutherford can raise money for both primary and general election cycles at once. Meaning the limit will double to $8,100.

Yes, the ending change in county law is retroactive to January 1, 2013.

To view Rutherford’s campaign finance disclosure filing, click here: Form 460 – Rutherford, Janice – 12312013