Money

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/07/14, 8:14 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> A political action committee opposing Neil Derry’s run for Redlands City Council has amassed a significant amount of contributions.

Redlands Residents Against Corruption, Opposing Neil Derry for City Council 2014 has accepted $25,622 in campaign contributions from July 1 through Sept. 30, according to the committee’s campaign statements.

The group has additional contributions pledged that would increase the total to around $35,000, said Tom Brickley, the committee’s treasurer, who donated $1,000 to the campaign.

The committee opposing the former county supervisor spent $154 during the same time period, according to its campaign statements.

“It’s not just a little group of powerful people in Redlands trying to push their own agenda. This is a righteous cause,” Brickley said.

The group formed with the purpose of ensuring Derry is not elected to the council in November.

Derry is among six candidates for three seats, including Councilman Jon Harrison and Mayor Pro Tem Paul Foster who are seeking re-election.

“Residents of Redlands should be very concerned that outside interests are trying to pick their City Council,” Derry said. “Some folks are very concerned about me being elected to the City Council because they know I’m not part of the good ol’ boys system that’s existed in town for many, many years.”

The largest contribution is from Reggie King, partner with Rancho Cucamonga-based developer Young Homes, who gave $20,000 to the committee.

King could not be reached for comment.

The PAC has received $1,000 from the San Bernardino County Taxpayers political action committee. Jim Rissmiller, former chief of staff to ex-county Supervisor Dennis Hansberger, is listed as the treasurer.

Derry ousted Hansberger on the Board of Supervisors in 2008.

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