Thursday, October 7, 2010 – 08:30 p.m.

Sources are telling InlandPolitics.com that the Orange County-based political consultant to San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos may have put his clients in violation of state campaign finance laws.

David Ellis, owner of Delta Partners, LLC and the David Ellis Group, is alleged to have put many of his clients in violation of what is known as the ‘sub-vendor rule’ in years prior to 2010.

Campaign committees are required to disclose any payment made to sub-vendors, who receive work outsourced by primary consultants and vendors.

Not until this year did Ellis have his clients, including a major local union, report all vendors receiving payments through his primary mail-house, Bieber Communications a.k.a Bieber McCraken.

Until 2010, Ellis reportedly received kick-backs on Bieber invoices of approximately 15-20% of printing costs charged to his clients. A practice believed to hide Ellis’ involvement in various political campaigns.

Any payments to sub-vendors in an amount greater than $500 are to be itemized on a clients campaign disclosure reports.

This requirement appears to not have been met by any of Ellis’ clients until this year.

Contracts between Ellis and or his related entities, and the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA) have recently fallen under the scrutiny of county supervisors.

Sources are saying Ellis may have received special consideration in the alleged no-bid contracts.

It’s unknown if a complaint has been made to state regulators.