Mexican businessman sentenced for illegal contributions
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Mexican businessman who made $600,000 in illegal campaign contributions to candidates in San Diego’s 2012 mayoral race is going to federal prison.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Jose Azano Matsura received a three-year sentence on Friday.
He was convicted on 35 charges of providing illegal money and campaign services to supporters of former Mayor Bob Filner and then-District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
Prosecutors say Azano was seeking to buy political influence, including support for a San Diego waterfront development that would have included a yacht marina, hotel and luxury condominiums.