By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/06/14, 8:42 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> The amount of money in the Redlands City Council race has become official, as candidates met the Monday deadline for filing their campaign finance disclosure paperwork.

The forms include contributions and expenditures for five of the six candidates seeking office in November for the period from July 1 through Sept. 30.

John Montgomery is the only candidate who has elected to sign a form stating he will not raise more than $1,000.

Candidates are required to disclose contributions of $1,000 or more within 24 hours of receiving the contribution.

Paul Barich, Neil Derry, Jane Dreher, Paul Foster and Jon Harrison have all received contributions over $1,000.

Their top contributors:

San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos is the largest contributor to the Redlands City Council race, donating to multiple candidates.

Ramos contributed $2,500 each to Harrison and Foster’s campaigns. Harrison and Foster list him as an endorsement on their campaign websites.

“He’s been a fantastic supervisor since he’s been on the Board of Supervisors, and I’ve enjoyed working with him,” Harrison said. “I guess the feeling is mutual, and he was willing to support my campaign in a good way.”

Barich accepted $5,000 in two contributions from James and Theresa Ramos.

Dreher received $2,500 from James Ramos.

“I think he’s doing a great job,” Barich of Ramos. “I supported him. I raised a lot of funds for his election when he ran for election. I think he’s doing a good job, and I’m pleased he thinks I’ll do a good job that he contributed to my campaign.”

Barich, owner of Barich & Associates Insurance Marketing Services, has raised $30,767 in total contributions, including $20,000 in loans from his company and $2,400 in nonmonetary contributions.

“You have to start somewhere,” Barich said. “To me, I’m investing in Redlands. I’m more than happy to do what I can to get elected for the citizens, so I don’t mind.”

His campaign spent $25,690 during that period.

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