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Dirty Money

The owner of a campaign services company is accused of conspiring with a former San Diego Police detective to illegally funnel hundreds of thousand of dollars to local candidates from a wealthy Mexican businessman.

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Tease photo: 4 Donors Fined $35K For Violating San Diego Campaign Finance Laws

4 Donors Fined $35K For Violating San Diego Campaign Finance Laws

The cases involved people who made $500 donations to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' failed 2012 mayoral run and then were reimbursed for the expense.

11/14/14Read more

See How It All Began

Click full screen icon in the bottom right corner to view information alleged in a federal complaint that alleges local politicians received campaign donations that were illegally funneled from a Mexican businessman through an elaborate scheme. Additional information was independently verified by KPBS through a confidential source and through a review of public documents by media partner <em>inewsource</am>.(Images: KPBS, 10News, Facebook.)

The Background

Probe Of Illegal Campaign Contributions To San Diego Politicians Taking Shape

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Prosecutors say Mexican billionaire Jose Susumo Azano Matsura was the source of a scheme to commit campaign finance fraud "on a scale not seen in San Diego history."

8/4/14Read more

Dumanis Wrote Letter For Mexican Donor's Relative

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A lawyer for a wealthy Mexican businessman accused of making illegal campaign donations sought Monday in federal court to release a recommendation letter that District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis wrote for a relative of the foreign national.

6/2/14Read more

Mexican Businessman Blames Sempra For Federal Campaign Finance Probe

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Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, a Mexican billionaire, is accused of illegally contributing more than $600,000 to San Diego campaigns using straw donors. Foreign nationals are not allowed to donate to U.S. political campaigns.

7/31/14Read more

Uncovering A Scandal

Why Is It So Hard To Catch Illegal Contributions?

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At the root of San Diego’s recent campaign finance scandal lies the topic of outside donations, and the illegality of foreign money used to influence stateside elections.

2/3/14Read more

How To Uncover A Scandal From Your Couch

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A how-to guide for unraveling San Diego campaign finance scandal involving a straw donor, a "foreign national" and local politicians.

1/27/14Read more

Unraveling A Scandal, Part Two

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We’ve updated the story to show the second half of the investigation — how we figured out the second candidate, the extent of the foreign national’s network, and more.

1/29/14Read more

The "Foreign National"

Tease photo: “Foreign National” Azano Is “Almost A Legend” In Mexico

“Foreign National” Azano Is “Almost A Legend” In Mexico

The “foreign national” in the local campaign finance scandal is “almost a legend” in Mexico.

1/24/14Read more

The Complaints

Illegal Campaign Cash Tied To 4 Prominent San Diego Politicians

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KPBS confirms candidates named in an unsealed federal complaint are San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, former Mayor Bob Filner, former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Congressman Juan Vargas.

1/21/14Read more

San Diego Politicians Return Illegal Campaign Donations; Third Man Charged In Conspiracy

Federal officials confirm U. S. Attorney Duffy has recused herself from case
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A former U.S. Attorney said the former San Diego mayoral candidates did not violate any law if they didn’t know the source of the money was illegal.

1/22/14Read more