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.
The cases involved people who made $500 donations to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' failed 2012 mayoral run and then were reimbursed for the expense.
See How It All Began
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."
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.
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.
Uncovering A Scandal
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.
A how-to guide for unraveling San Diego campaign finance scandal involving a straw donor, a "foreign national" and local politicians.
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.
The "Foreign National"
The “foreign national” in the local campaign finance scandal is “almost a legend” in Mexico.
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.
Federal officials confirm U. S. Attorney Duffy has recused herself from case
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.