Tuesday, February 4, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

The past few days we’ve been discussing the fact that five San Bernardino County officials collectively violated the county’s new campaign finance limits some fifteen times in 2013.

Now comes the dubious attempt to deflect the issue.

Those involved violated the law by accepting cumulative or single contributions from one or more donor, which exceeded the current $4,100 limit.

Reportedly, the latest lame attempt at an excuse here is: The reason officials involved breached the limit, was in order to payoff debt accrued prior to the limits going into effect.

Yep that’s it!!!

There’s just three problems with this nice, clean explanation.

  • Some officials in violation had no debt.
  • Most offenders designated the over-the-limit contributions toward the June 2014 primary election, on their respective FPPC Form 460 disclosure documents.
  • There sure were many,many $4,100 contributions in those reports. Basically indicating the limit was, in fact, on their minds. Inother words, there was no confusion.

It’s truly amazing just how easy it is for these shallow explanations to be dished out. The presumption for all the lying from the county standpoint essentially boils down to two words: Who cares?

One big question here? Why is the County Public Information Officer commenting and defending campaign related matters?