10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, May 30, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

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.

To read entire story, click here.