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D.A. Dumanis at center of tangled cash web

Of course she knew. It wouldn't make sense if she didn't know. Read my blog entries on this topic: http://istandwithbobbrewer.blogspot.com/2014/03/d…. Here's my update on this article, too: According to AUSA Perry and AUSA Cole's responsive filing in the Azano matter, Mr. Chase assisted the conspiracy in the illegal campaign contributions to Dumanis' failed bid for Mayor in 2012. The motion explains that Azano knew he couldn't directly contribute to the Mayor's election so Azano "recruited a straw donor, Marc Alan Chase ("Chase") . . . on his behalf." Azano promised to reimburse Chase for the donations, and so on September 28, 2012 -- that is a mere 18 months ago -- Chase wrote a "$120,000 check" to a campaign committee. Chase also made donations to Dumanis's campaign. In this same legal filing, the defendant (Azano et al) claim they lack discovery; in response, the government explains they have produced "57.7 gigabytes of discovery" across some "13,196 separate files." Interestingly, the files include "wiretap recordings . . . pen register data; . . . Skype calls and meetings, voluminous bank and business records . . ." etc., etc. etc. Even more interesting? Azano seeks the identity of the "confidential informant" involved in this case. But, the government explains it provided "video and audio recordings" of the informants which should "enable[] defense attorneys to deduce these informants' true identities." Keep in mind, the same Marc Chase was recently in the news. Apparently he had a salacious relationship with his baby momma; when the relationship went sour, the woman filed a civil suit that detailed Chase's drug abuse, the filming of pornographic movies, the distribution of alcohol and drugs to minors, domestic violence, and sexual assaults and other tawdry details. Marc Chase gave Dumanis thousands in donations during the mayorial campaign, but implied it was for a mistaken response to a Craigslist ad for companionship see other article detailing the smaller direct donation. His brother, Bernard Chase, it turns out, gave Dumanis $9,000 for her mayoral campaign, and did so despite his prior federal conviction for cocaine sales. Apparently, these are the People Dumanis associates with as donors to her campaign. I dunno: #Dumanisfailedleadership? Think so.
— April 1, 2014 10:45 p.m.

Aaron Feldman endorses Dumanis

Dumanis used nearly $200,000 of illegal campaign funds funneled through a Mexican National, Jose Asumo Azano. Obviously, since our country doesn’t want other countries -- or their citizens – to influence our elections, we have outlawed foreign campaign contributions. Dumanis – a former judge no less – apparently has only recently become aware of these campaign laws. Dumanis’s liason – retired SDPD Det. Ernie Encinas – is a very colorful character in this scheme. He worked as security consultant at a strip club and earned $10,000 cash per month (and ultimately received about $220,000 in the 18 months or so he worked as the security consultant). Last week he pled guilty to a series of felonies in federal court. And, Encinas was the go-between, and set up the meeting with Dumanis and Azano. (See Jennifer Jensen’s story on Channel 10: http://www.10news.com/web/kgtv/news/ex-san-diego-….) After that meeting, Azano – via Encinas -- infused $100,000 into a political campaign committee, and paid the bills for the social media aspect of DA Dumanis’s campaign (another $100,000 or so). DA Dumanis never even bothered to report the donation of services for the online media campaign; and, even more appalling, DA Dumanis maintains that she neither knew about Azano’s independent committee nor the funding source for the $200,000, despite a news article in CityBeat that described the illegal campaign finance scheme. (See: http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/blog-914-new-d… and http://istandwithbobbrewer.blogspot.com/2014/03/d…). Several TV Stations have begun to explore the depths of this illegal and unethical conduct. For instance, Amita Sharma on KPBS held a panel and explained not only must Dumanis have known about the source of the funds, but also it is apparent the federal investigation has only begun and Dumanis is the likely target (see: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/mar/18/ex-cop-san-d…). Dumanis fails the leadership test here. She has: a) cavorted with a “security officer” who hangs around at strip clubs; b) used this security officer to have a meeting with a Mexican national tycoon in the midst of a heated campaign (wouldn’t she have more high priority items than looking at “fancy cars”); c) made incredible claims the she lacked knowledge about the funds and their source. This all demonstrates her inability to lead and her wholesale lack of judgment by using Encinas within her own campaign. Read more of the problems with Dumanis here: http://istandwithbobbrewer.blogspot.com/. Also see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz2jJCar7LQ.
— April 1, 2014 12:10 a.m.

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