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Fresh from a frantic year-end fundraising bout for her failed mayoral campaign fund- which finished 2012 with $32,758 of cash on hand and $50,000 of remaining debt to the candidate herself - San Diego county District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is back on the political money trail, raising cash for her 2014 bid for re-election as D.A.

Says a "Dear Friend" email:

One election season has ended and believe it or not, another one is already beginning. While it may seem early, it’s time to start putting together my campaign for re-election as your District Attorney.

After three productive terms as DA, I’m confident an opponent will challenge me and I’ll have to fight to keep my office next year. I’m not afraid of that fight. I plan to be fully prepared. And I have every intention of winning.

You may donate at www.BonnieForDA.com. Contributions are limited to $700 per individual or $1400 for spouses but any amount is a tremendous help -- $25, 50, $100, $250 . . . up to the $700 per person limit.

As reported here on Friday, Dumanis hit up a number of local Republican figures to pay down her mayoral campaign debt, including San Diego ex-city councilman Carl DeMaio, city attorney Jan Goldsmith, Anne Evans, chairman of Evans Hotels, the Sudberry real estate development family, and lobbyists Ben Haddad and Craig Benedetto.

Much of the late 2012 cash went to pay a $14,000 debt to the Gemini Group, Dumanis's political consultant.

According to the most recent disclosure filing posted online by the county registrar of voters, Dumanis's district attorney committee had a cash balance of $28,485 as of June 30, 2012.

The committee's name was changed from Re-elect Bonnie Dumanis for District Attorney 2010 to Bonnie Dumanis for District Attorney 2014 on August 20 of last year, two months after her mayoral defeat.

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anniej Feb. 5, 2013 @ 12:16 p.m.

The taxpayers of the South Bay owe Ms. Dumanis and her staff a debt of gratitude for all they have done, and continue to do to expose and prosecute those involved in the alleged corruption found in Sweetwater Union High District, Southwestern College, and San Ysidro Elementary School District.

The hat should be passed within our community to ensure Ms. Dumanis returns. We need a DA who is not afraid to take on tough prosecutions, no matter what side of the political isle they fall.


Bob_Castaneda Feb. 5, 2013 @ 3:14 p.m.


I have suspected for quite some time that your obsession (bordering on hysteria) given Sweetwater’s dilemmas would eventually blossom into utter delusion. That altered state of yours was never more on display given your uncorroborated favorable comments about an incompetent D.A. and her obsession with blurring the lines between her political ambitions and her judicial authority.

However, there is one thing that you have delineated given your post that I do agree with (in part); there will be a debt to pay! Yes, quite a large one paid by local taxpayers given criminal precedings that in some, if not most, translate into misdemeanors – maybe – and would have been better handled by the Fair Political Practices Commission, not the D.A.’s Office with all the TV cameras and political fanfare.


Visduh Feb. 6, 2013 @ 10:12 a.m.

I'm usually with anniej 100%, but this time I think she's giving too much credit to the DA. Those cases are not over yet, and their resolution could be highly disappointing. But, Bob, calling anniej's interest in rooting out that outrageous So County corruption "obsession" and "hysteria" is going way too far. If anything. she's making an assumption of the old equation that "my enemy's enemy is my friend."


anniej Feb. 6, 2013 @ 1:18 p.m.

Mr. Castaneda: Speaking as a hysterical and delusional taxpayer I respectfully disagree. The mismanagement and alleged corruption of literally millions of educational dollars, the deal making and what is in it for me collusion are in need of felony charges.

Regarding the Fair Political Practice Commission, too bad they were not there before I became so obsessed.

Regarding the outcome of all of this - one would have thought that those in power would have given thought to continuing to do what they had become use to do doing - but alas, Brand was hired, the board turned over all decision making to him, and now he has hired Alt.

Hopefully the trials are in the near future before, I find the need to commit myself in an attempt to treat these conditions you have diagnosed me with. Perhaps I should write the donation to Dumanis now before I am cured.


NathanHale April 11, 2013 @ 9:50 p.m.

So happy to see someone like Bob Brewer challenge Dumanis. The DA's Ofc is plagued with mediocrity due to a pervasive fear of retaliation, punitive transfers, & rampant cronyism at the top Admin levels. Read Bob Brewer's Open Letter, it is all absolutely true: http://robertbrewerforda.com/2013/04/10/an-open-letter-to-district-attorney-employees/


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