10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, May 30, 2010
By IMRAN GHORI
Fontana Councilwoman Janice Rutherford raised more money during the most recent campaign fundraising period than San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane, whom she is challenging in the June 8 election, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.
Rutherford reported $136,196.25 in campaign donations between March 18 and May 27, while Biane reported $101,756 in contributions during the same period.
However, Biane began with a significant advantage, with $341,347.66 cash on hand, while Rutherford had a beginning cash balance of $16,322.
Biane spent almost twice as much, with $251,533.16 in expenditures.
Rutherford had $134,651.32 in campaign expenses.
Biane’s largest contributors included California Steel Industries, the Auto Club Speedway and Lewis Investment Co./Pacific Partners of Upland, which gave his campaign a total of $16,000 this year.
Rutherford’s most significant contributor was Fontana businessman David Wiener, who gave a total of $60,000 through two of his real estate and development management companies, 10668 Sierra LLC and M4 Management. Lewis Investment Co./Pacific Partners also contributed to her campaign with $16,500 in donations this year.
The rest of the field in the 2nd District race lagged behind Biane and Rutherford in fundraising with Arthur Bustamonte, a Chaffey Joint Union High School board trustee, raising $37,444; and Peter “Scott” Markovich, a Rim of the World School board trustee raising $14,690.
Bustamonte’s largest contributions, a total of $20,000, came from three Wrightwood business owners, while Markovich’s largest source of funds was an $8,250 loan from himself.
Newspaper publisher/editor Dennis Labadie and book publisher Greg Warner reported no fundraising activity for the period.
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