Over the past 18 months, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has said repeatedly that she barely knew José Susumo Azano Matsura, who’s accused of making illegal campaign donations to Dumanis and other San Diego politicians.
But it turns out she knew Azano well enough to give him a nickname, hold a private conference call with him and personally email her campaign staff to tell them about Azano’s request that Dumanis use his preferred political consultant during her ill-fated 2012 mayoral campaign.
These new revelations come in recently filed documents in the criminal case against Azano and others accused of illegally funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars into San Diego campaigns, including Dumanis’, from 2011 to 2013. Azano is a Mexican national; federal law bars foreign citizens from donating to U.S. campaigns.
Dumanis hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing in the case. But she has consistently misrepresented the extent of her relationship with Azano. At the scandal’s outset, she said she only met with Azano once – at a luncheon at his Coronado mansion around December 2011. But we revealed another meeting she had with Azano and Sheriff Bill Gore. Dumanis has also said she doesn’t remember the content of any of the discussions she had with Azano.
“In a campaign, I meet thousands of people,” she told KUSI last summer.
Also in December 2011, Dumanis wrote an email to her mayoral campaign staff describing a conference call she held with Azano, political consultant Ravi Singh and her friend and Azano confidante Ernesto Encinas, according to the court filing.
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Rocky Neptune reported extensively about Her corruption as well as Todd Gloria, he was murdered in cold blood! I was brutally attacked last May she has refused to charge the individual. Between the two of them I am not sure who is worse. When a sitting councilman's staff member and San Diego Police Department claims a victim of a violent crime is responsible for the attack because I have asked for an investigation into Tobacco Rhoda's and hold public meetings there is smoke! https://www.facebook.com/sam.ballard.96/posts/10207714126678001?pnref=story
"Dumanis spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said the district attorney is looking forward to the case against Azano moving forward."
I'll bet she is! The sooner the case against "Mr. A" is resolved the sooner she can say "it's time to put this old news behind us." Then she'll hit the morning news circuit, refuse to answer questions about this "old news," and talk about some new law enforcement initiative her political consultants dream up.
The voters should be ashamed.
All the folks who said I was mistaken during her campaign and here we are again. No surprise at all. The apathetic public 1. barely showed up to vote, 2. voted her back in as DA. "I recognize that name, I'll check that one"....like high school student body elections or something.
There's a recently promoted person at the DA's office that has businesses in TJ and is very tight with #2. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he was mixed up in this, either. So much corruption, buried by those in power and those afraid to lose their jobs. Those who get a spine are punished and their careers stop. All dictators have used this model throughout history.
Hell yes, she should go to jail, as should Gore. As a former FBI SAC, he had to know the extensive history of who was meeting in his office as Sheriff. But, Bonnie gave him a job as the Inv Chief during his transition, so he was scratching her back. Pathetic.
so Azano gets to fall on the sword and Dumanis walks away scot free? nonsense. Bonnie belongs in jail if this Azano character is going to go to jail. it's illegal for foreign citizens to donate to campaigns, but U.S. citizens face no repercussions when they accept foreign donations??? boggles the mind to say the least...
... and what about those mayoral campaign ads in Mexico that were also never disclosed? https://youtu.be/25Jwz_wlJ08
@BonnieDaMantis probably no laws on that, knowing how the American political system is.
Dumanis has lied over and over about her relationship with Mr A because she knows what she did was wrong and probably illegal. She would fire any Deputy DA who did the same thing.
Nice to add another layer of corruption to San Diego politics in addition to the lies told by office holders. I was wondering when an election would be held to get rid of the bought and paid for politicians that now hold office?
There are many reasons to view Ms. Dumanis with disdain; but so long as she wins elections, it matters little.
@Chris Brewster --Another reason for term limits.
@Chris Brewster the sad thing is that the American electorate doesn't care if someone is a crook; if they're going to vote for them they're going to vote for them, don't confuse them with the facts.