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Campaign Finance Violations: San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford

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“It smelled kind of fishy at the time. Well now we know why”.

Campaign finance statements filed today reveal that Second District Supervisor and Board Chairwoman Janice Rutherford has committed violations of a campaign finance county ordinance, which became effective January 1, 2013 — an  ordinance that she championed! It’s a rare occasion when politician break the law they wrote. See comments to this story: “Her whole “Holier Than Thou” and arrogance is unbearable if you have ever been in her presence.”

Rutherford and disgraced fired Yucca Valley Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi,served concurrently as city council members in the Inland Empire. Chad Mayes, chief of staff for San Bernardino County supervisor Janice Rutherford, is a former Yucca Valley City Council  Member.  Mayes is running for the California Assembly. [ story posted by branson hunter]

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Campaign finance violations

Friday, January 31, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

Last Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted to start the process to amend the campaign finance ordinance related to contribution limits.

The county said the changes are recommended by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), and it’s all their idea,

It smelled kind of fishy at the time. Well now we know why.

The process of amending the way candidates can raise contributions that are currently capped at $4,100 per donor source, per primary and general election cycle.

Under current law, a candidate or officeholder can raise only $4,100 per cycle. If they, the candidate, win in the primary, and go to a runoff, they can raise an additional $4,100 for that election.

Campaign finance statements filed today reveal that Second District Supervisor and Board Chairwoman Janice Rutherford has committed violations of the ordinance, which became effective January 1, 2013.

An ordinance that she championed!

Under current law, Rutherford, who is up for reelection in June, is bound by the $4,100 maximum.

Her reports tell a different story.

Apparently, in calendar year 2013,  Rutherford accepted $7,100 from Dentist Ronald Cunning and $5,100 from Care Ambulance Service. Both over the maximum limit allowed by law.

Under the pending change, Rutherford can raise money for both primary and general election cycles at once. Meaning the limit will double to $8,100.

Yes, the ending change in county law is retroactive to January 1, 2013.

To view Rutherford’s campaign finance disclosure filing, click here: Form 460 – Rutherford, Janice – 12312013

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Branson Hunter

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"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.

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