In January 2007, Gurule filed a motion to recover attorneys’ fees, and on February 15, after hearing arguments from both sides, Judge P. Vanderfeer ordered BCRED (Barwest) to pay $110,000 to the law firm that had stepped in to assist Gurule and defend the citizens’ measure.
After the Judge’s 2006 ruling, Barwest had even greater fears about the outcome of the impending June election; BCRED (Barwest) reported out spending the measure’s proponents by at least 4-to-1, logging close to $200,000 in expenses.
That’s got to be more than was spent on Barstow political campaigns collectively for the last 25 years.
Campaign reporting documents indicate Barwest principals Ilitch and Malik each contributed $20,000, approximately $5,000 was contributed by other sources, most of which were outside of Barstow and no other contributions have been raised since June 2006. Nearly $150,000 was fronted by Ilitch public relations lieutenant Tom Shields, Marketing Resources Group, Inc. (MRG).
It’s unclear who wrote the $110,000.00 check that Judge Vanderfeer ordered BCRED to pay.
And it's unclear who if anyone has or will reimburse Shields. Certainly he's not going to "eat" the costs.
Barstow Superior Court: Case #BCVBS08816
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