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Voice Of San Diego On Sempra’s Fight With A Mexican Millionaire

Voice Of San Diego On Sempra's Fight With A Mexican Millionaire

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The arrest of Mexican millionaire José Susumo Azano Matsura last year shook San Diego' s political world.

Azano, a businessman, was accused of illegally donating more than half a million dollars to a handful of San Diego politicians. The reasons why a Mexican national would break the law and contribute to local political campaigns was never made completely clear by federal prosecutors.

In a three-part series published this week by Voice of San Diego suggests there are links between the prosecution and Azano's running legal battle with San Diego-based Sempra Energy.

Azano made that argument in federal court papers, but a federal judge did not buy it.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said how much money José Susumo Azano Matsura is accused of illegally giving to San Diego politicians.

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