The District Attorney and the Mexican Citizen

San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has insisted she barely knew Mexican citizen Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, who is charged in a major campaign finance scandal. But more details keep emerging about their relationship.

2011-10-11 17:23:14

The donations begin

Jose Susumo Azano Matsura confidante Ernesto Encinas, a former San Diego Police Department detective, begins donating to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' mayoral campaign.

2011-12-29 03:42:38

Another Azano straw donor begins donating to Dumanis

La Jolla car dealer Marc Chase donates to Dumanis' mayoral campaign using Azano's money. He later admits to funneling $6,500 to Dumanis through straw donors for Azano.

2012-01-01 17:23:14

Dumanis meets with Azano at his Coronado estate.

Dumanis recalls few details of a luncheon with Azano. The meeting happened, according to Dumanis, in "early 2012" so the exact date isn't known.

2012-01-15 22:21:30

Encinas approaches Deputy DA's PAC

Encinas offers a six-figure contribution to the PAC of the deputy district attorney's union to support Dumanis' mayoral bid, the union's president said.

2012-02-01 17:23:14

Azano kicks Dumanis financing into high gear

Azano spends $100,000 to help Dumanis with social media, prosecutors say. The spending began sometime in February 2012.

2012-03-02 14:00:00

Azano meets with Dumanis and Sheriff Bill Gore

A Gore spokeswoman said the group talked about golf and other mundane topics. Encinas also attended.

2012-04-10 14:00:00

Campaign consultant takes over Dumanis' website

Ravi Singh's firm begins hosting Dumanis' mayoral campaign website. Dumanis never discloses the service on campaign forms.

2012-05-01 13:10:43

Azano funds Dumanis PAC

Azano starts a Dumanis mayoral PAC, funneling $100,000 through a shell company he controlled.

2012-05-31 13:10:43

Dumanis ad south of the border

A medical marijuana activist takes video of an electronic billboard promoting Dumanis on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro border crossing.

2012-06-05 13:10:43

Dumanis finishes fourth in mayoral primary

She receives 13 percent of the vote.

2012-09-28 13:10:43

Dumanis recommends Azano's son for college

Dumanis sent a recommendation letter to the University of San Diego for Azano's son. She released the letter after media pressure in July 2014.

2012-12-17 13:10:43

Azano sends Dumanis a holiday food basket

The basket cost $150 and Dumanis disclosed it. She gave the basket to her staff and later refunded the money.

2013-04-11 13:10:43

Dumanis has a DA challenger

White-collar defense attorney Bob Brewer begins a campaign against Dumanis.

2013-09-18 13:10:43

Encinas meets with Dumanis fundraiser

Prosecutors say Encinas met with a wiretapped informant who worked for Dumanis about Azano contributing to her re-election campaign.

2013-09-23 13:10:43

Another candidate declares against Dumanis

Prosecutor Terri Wyatt declares she'll challenge Dumanis for district attorney.

2014-01-21 13:10:43

Campaign finance scandal breaks

Prosecutors' charges against Encinas and Singh are unsealed. Dumanis is "Candidate 1" in the charging documents.

2014-01-22 13:10:43

Dumanis said she only met Azano once

She tells U-T San Diego that they met only one time, through Encinas.

2014-01-24 13:10:43

Prosecutors: Azano's motivation was development

Prosecutors allege in court that Azano wanted to turn San Diego's bayfront into "Miami West."

2014-01-24 13:10:43

Dumanis reveals luncheon meeting with Azano

Dumanis tells U-T San Diego about the luncheon at Azano's house. She says she might have met Azano more than once.

2014-01-28 13:10:43

Dumanis to return all money linked to scandal

Dumanis pledges to return all the money from her mayoral and district attorney campaigns linked to the scandal.

2014-02-20 13:10:43

Azano charged

Prosecutors charge Azano with trying to illegally influence American elections as a foreigner.

2014-03-18 13:10:43

Encinas pleads guilty

Encinas pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit crimes against the United States and tax evasion.

2014-04-10 03:42:38

Chase pleads guilty

Chase pleads guilty to funneling campaign money from Azano to Dumanis and other local politicians.

2014-06-03 13:10:43

Dumanis cruises to re-election

Dumanis won outright with 55 percent of the vote, allowing her to skip a November runoff.

2014-07-09 17:24:43

Dumanis releases Azano college recommendation letter

Dumanis appears on a television station to release the letter and declare it "much ado about nothing."

2014-07-30 17:24:43

Azano says Dumanis is innocent

In a court filing in his criminal case, Azano says Sempra Energy and Encinas are to blame for his legal woes. Dumanis, he said, did nothing wrong.

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