District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis didn’t clear up much about her relationship with José Susumo Azano Matsura, the wealthy Mexican businessman who’s been charged with making illegal contributions to San Diego political races, in her testimony Wednesday.
Well, that was lame.
A couple weeks ago, we laid out questions we hoped District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ testimony in a high-profile trial would answer.
But Dumanis didn’t clear up much during her appearance in the trial of the wealthy Mexican businessman who’s been charged with making illegal contributions to San Diego political races — including Dumanis’ 2012 mayoral campaign.
José Susumo Azano Matsura is a foreign national, which means he’s barred from donating money to U.S. campaigns. But he ultimately contributed more than half a million dollars — a large portion of it to Dumanis’ mayoral bid — through straw donors and political action committees in an effort to win over powerful political allies in San Diego, prosecutors allege.
The district attorney hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing — she’s maintained that Azano was just another donor — but even before Azano’s indictment, there were questions about the legality of his donations and what motivated him to take a particular interest in Dumanis’ campaign. And, in the two years since Azano’s indictment, the district attorney’s failed to be forthcoming about communication she had with Azano and his associates.