In the Hesperia Unified School District school board race, it's not even close: Candidate Anthony Riley is both raising and spending more money than the rest of the six-person race combined.


Documents released on October 23 tell the story. California election law requires any candidate who has raised or spent more than $1,000 must file California Form 460, the Recipient Committee Campaign Statement. Forms due on October 23 covered the period between October 1 and October 18.


Riley raised $46,519 during the reporting period, bringing his total war chest to $57,088, larger than the funds for the rest of the field combined.


Riley's biggest contributors included a $1,500 loan from the Adams for Assembly campaign committee, a $1,414 cash donation from HEAPAC, the Hesperia Education Association Political Action Committee (the Hesperia Teachers Association, which endorsed Riley, was previously known as the Hesperia Education Association) and $43,159 in non-monetary contributions from HEAPAC, including a $12,000 payment to Citizens for California Reform, the Sacramento group that sent out a mailer attacking candidate Eric Swanson earlier this month.


Riley spent $46,354 during the same period, bringing his spending total to $56,227 for the entire season.


Not only is Riley running the most expensive school board campaign, his campaign would be the third most-expensive in the city council race as well, behind only Mark Kirk and Russ Blewett.


Chris Bentley


Bentley raised no money during the reporting period, remaining at a self-funded total of $14,826 for the campaign. He spent $9.25 during the period, bringing his spending total to $10,536.


Bruce Henson


Henson previously filed a 470 form, on which he declared that he will raise and spend less than $1,000 on his campaign.


Chris Lindsay


Lindsay raised $2,580 during the first two and a half weeks in October, bringing his overall fundraising total to $12,579. His biggest contribution was a $1,400 loan from his father, John Lindsay, who has loaned his son's campaign $11,515 to date.


The campaign spent $9,789 during the reporting period, bringing his total to $15,889.


Frank Rich


Rich's campaign raised $95 during the reporting period, bringing his total fundraising to $2,372 to date.


He spent even less: $37 this period, bringing his total to $2,198.


Eric Swanson


Swanson raised $495 during the reporting period, bringing his total to $5,146 this campaign. He spent no money, however, either during this period or during the campaign season as a whole.


HEAPAC


The political wing of the Hesperia teachers union raised $1,000 during the reporting period, bringing their total to $26,545 this campaign season. The $1,000 was a donation from the California Teachers Association.


HEAPAC spent $35,070 during the same period, bringing their total to $36,889 for the season, leaving them $19,856 in their coffers as of October 18.


Hesperia Schools First


Riley isn't the only candidate being endorsed by an HUSD union in this race: Both Rich and Swanson have been endorsed by the local chapter of California School Employees Association, which represents the non-teacher, non-management employees of the HUSD.


Their political arm, the Hesperia Schools First political action committee, raised $1,254 during the reporting period, all of them in the form of contributions of $100 or less, which can remain anonymous, under election law, and were not itemized out on the PAC's 460 form.


The committee spent $552 during the same period, leaving them with a war chest of $1,319.


Campaign contributions received between October 19 and November 3 must be reported in special Form 497 filings within 24 hours of receipt.


HEAPAC filed a Late Independent Expenditure Report on October 19, noting that they had spent $5,325 on a telephone campaign.


Campaign disclosure forms covering the period between October 19 and December 31 are due on February 2, 2009.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.