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DA Campaign Spending Kicks Into High Gear As June Primary Nears

A photo illustration of the inewsource San Diego County campaign finance data...

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Above: A photo illustration of the inewsource San Diego County campaign finance database launched on April 19, 2018.

DA Campaign Spending Kicks Into High Gear As June Primary Nears

GUEST:

Jill Castellano, investigative data reporter, inewsource

Transcript

A political action campaign supporting San Diego County district attorney candidate Geneviéve Jones-Wright spent more than $400,000 last week on TV commercials, mailers and digital ads to support the Democrat. That is about twice as much as what another PAC spent to back interim DA and Republican Summer Stephan.

The California Justice & Public Safety PAC in favor of Jones-Wright is funded by George Soros a billionaire who lives in New York. Soros has pledged $1.5 million to the political group to support Jones-Wright and other progressive district attorney candidates in California. So far $600,000 of that money has been spent on Jones-Wright.

Jill Castellano, investigative data reporter for KPBS's media partner inewsource, wrote the money spent on Jones-Wright's campaign is the most spent on this race so far and even more is expected before the June 5 primary. Castellano has been tracking fundraising and expenditures in the races for San Diego's City Council, county supervisor, sheriff, district attorney and the 49th and 50th Congressional Districts. inewsource has also created a searchable database for county campaign contributions.

Castellano joins KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday with the latest on campaign spending in San Diego.

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