Wednesday, June 1, 2011 – 09:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 – 08:09 a.m.

A review of public records from 2007-2009 show alleged bribes, made in the form of political action contributions by Colonies Partners, inexplicably went far and wide.

Not politicians pockets as has been portrayed in the media.

Not to any certain official as alleged in court filings.

A thorough review of campaign disclosure documents filed with the California Secretary of State and San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters reveals some very interesting information.

In this article, we take a look at the San Bernardino County Taxpayers Association PAC. The political action committee operated by San Bernardino County Assistant Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector Matt Brown. The committee was the recipient of monies donated by Colonies Partners as a pass-thru from the San Bernardino County Young Republicans PAC, a committee also controlled by Brown, but alleged to be “secretly” controlled by former County Supervisor Paul Biane.

Brown was also chief of staff to Biane.

Monies received by this PAC was disbursed to vendors for the benefit of primarily one candidate.

Yes, service vendors!

That candidate is former County Supervisor Dennis Hansberger.

The filings reflect the following information.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATIONS (MATT BROWN)
STATUS: ACTIVE
BALANCE AS OF 12/31/2010 = 14,855.00
COLONIES CONTRIBION FROM SBCO YOUNG REPUBLICANS (MATT BROWN) $ 40,000.00 ON 7/12/07
CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED PRIOR TO COLONIES                     $    100.00
CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED AFTER COLONIES                        $ 86,250.00
PAYMENTS MADE BENEFITING SUPERVISOR OVITT                    **NONE**
CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM SUPERVISOR OVITT                 $ 15,000.00
LOAN FROM SUPERVISOR OVITT                                   $ 10,000.00
PAYMENTS MADE BENEFITING SUPERVISOR BIANE                    **NONE**
CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM SUPERVISOR BIANE                 $ 15,000.00
LOAN FROM SUPERVISOR BIANE                                   $ 10,000.00
PAYMENTS MADE BENEFITING SUPERVISOR POSTMUS                  **NONE**
CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM SUPERVISOR GONZALES              $ 15,000.00
PAYMENTS MADE BENEFITING SUPERVISOR GONZALES                 **NONE**
PAYMENTS MADE BENEFITING SUPERVISOR HANSBERGER               $157,951.00
CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM SUPERVISOR HANSBERGER            $ 40,000.00
PAYMENTS MADE BENEFITING SUPERVISOR DERRY                    **NONE**
PAYMENTS MADE OPPOSING SUPERVISOR DERRY                      $157,951.00
PAYMENTS MADE BENEFITING SUPERVISOR MITZELFELT               **NONE**
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM INLAND EMPIRE PAC (JOHN DEFAIO)           $  5,000.00
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ASSEMBLYMAN BILL EMMERSON                 $  5,000.00
LOAN FROM SBCO TREASURER DICK LARSEN                         $ 10,000.00
CONTRIBUTION FROM SB PUBLIC EMPLOYEES EMPLOYEES ASSN (SBPEA) $ 10,000.00
PAYMENTS TO COMMITTEE TREASURER BETTY PRESLEY                **NONE**

***DISBURSEMENTS***

DATE	 PAYEE					AMOUNT	    PURPOSE
05/18/08 HANSBERGER FOR SUPERVISOR (IN-KIND)    $ 57,030.71 IN-KIND CONTRIBUTION
		CHAPEAU GRAPHICS                $  5,334.70 CAMPAIGN MAILERS
		PRO MAILER                      $ 37,462.90 CAMPAIGN MAILERS
		PRESSON AND ASSOCIATES          $ 12,500.00 CONSULTING FEE
		META INFORMATION SERVICES       $  1,733.11 VOTER LISTS
06/30/08 HANSBERGER FOR SUPERVISOR              $100,920.29 IN-KIND CONTRIBUTION
		PRO MAILER                      $ 44,463.04 CAMPAIGN MAILERS
		CHAPEAU GRAPHICS                $  1,506.34 CAMPAIGN MAILERS
		META INFORMATION SERVICES       $  4,087.91 VOTER LISTS
		DYNAMIC MARKETING               $ 15,000.00 RADIO ADS
		WIRZ & COMPANY                  $  8,363.00 CAMPAIGN MAILERS
		STUDIO Z RECORDING              $  2,250.00 PHONE AUTO DIALERS
		POLITICAL CALLING               $ 10,250.00 PHONE AUTO DIALERS
		HALLMARK MEDIA                  $ 15,000.00 CAMPAIGN MAILERS
09/30/08 BEST BUY                               $  2,842.93 LAP TOP FOR MATT BROWN