Political-action committees are formed to raise and spend money on candidates.
They often are created to advance a political agenda or further the interests of businesses or industries.
The PAC in this week's spotlight is Friends of Mike Ramos.
Ramos is the district attorney of San Bernardino County. He has said he plans to run for re-election in 2010.
The following is a summary of some of the financial donations this year.
Contributions received from:
Larry W. Allen, Superior Court judge - $150
Lorenzo Balderrama, deputy district attorney - $250
Patrick L. Christianson, deputy district attorney - $150
Dennis Christy, deputy district attorney - $150
Braswells Health Care - $1,000
Arrowhead Credit Union - $2,500
$2,500 from Gresham, Savage, Nolan and Tilden, the law firm representing a Lake Arrowhead developer who was being investigated by the district attorney.
Lewis Investment Company - $2,500
Mitsubishi Cement Corp. - $5,000
San Bernardino County Safety Employees Association - $7,000
San Manuel Tribal Administration - $7,000