10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane spent almost twice as much as Janice Rutherford on last year’s race, according to campaign finance statements filed Monday.

However, Rutherford, who went on to defeat the two-term incumbent in the Nov. 3 election, nearly matched Biane in the days leading up to the election.

The reports show that Biane spent more than $1 million in 2010, with $202,187.14 in the period from mid-October to the end of the year. Rutherford spent $574,504.86 on her campaign, with $184,974.13 in the last filing period.

The District 2 contest was one of the most heated county races. Rutherford raised ethics reform as an issue and criticized Biane over recent county corruption investigations.

Rutherford said she expected to be outspent and had thought it would be by a larger margin.

“We had a very active and engaged electorate who understood the issues and who were concerned about the ongoing ethics allegations, and, when you have that kind of educated electorate, money isn’t everything,” she said.

Biane could not be reached for comment.

Both raised similar amounts in contributions over the course of the campaign, which involved a June primary election and the November runoff.

Biane took in $611,211.44 in contributions for the year and $182,709 in the last filing period. However, he started with a beginning cash balance of $384,896.60. Rutherford raised $574,504.86 in 2010 and $184,974.13 in the last filing period.

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