Deputy association financing Bianco campaign

The race for the next sheriff of Riverside County is becoming very expensive. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been spent and the total will go into the millions if none of the candidates garners more than 50 percent of the vote on June 5.

Incumbent Sheriff Stan Sniff has a substantial coffer of funds for the final weeks of the campaign. At the end of April, he had nearly $400,000 in cash.

Since January, he has received four donations of greater than $5,000, four others greater than $2,500 and 17 greater than $1,000. During this period, he collected about $93,000. But his campaign has been receiving donations for several years.

From July 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017, he received nearly $170,000 in contributions, including two for more than $40,000 and two others for more than $10,000.

Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Bianco has been the grateful beneficiary of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Association. As of the end of April, it has given his campaign more than $600,000. He also has been endorsed by several law-enforcement groups, including the Los Angeles County deputies.

Dave Brown, the former Hemet police chief, appears to be lagging in the financing department, but he only entered the race at the beginning of January. He has two contributions of $10,000 and two of $5,000.

Miguel Garcia, a sheriff’s deputy in Moreno Valley, is a fourth candidate, but he has posted no fundraising reports.