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February 11, 2016

Guilty Plea for Foreign Money in U.S. Campaigns

A California luxury car dealer pleaded guilty Thursday to a scheme that moved hundreds of thousands of dollars from a foreign national into U.S. campaigns.

Marc Alan Chase pleaded guilty Thursday to eight counts of violating federal campaign finance laws, including making a contribution in the name of another, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting contributions by a foreign national.

Fox News reported the plea agreement included an acknowledgement that Chase conspired with Mexican businessman Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, Washington, D.C. Election Mall owner Ravneet Singh, private security firm owner Ernesto Encinas, and lobbyist Marco Polo Cortes, to make illegal campaign contributions to the 2012 mayoral campaigns of Bonnie Dumais and former Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., and the congressional campaign of Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif.

Encinas had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Singh and Cortes have pleaded not guilty to similar charges of trying to hide the contributions.

View earlier article in the San Diego Free Press, “The Story Behind Those Illegal Campaign Contributions in San Diego.”

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

  • Gregory Williams

    Unlike conservatives when their own are proven to be corrupt democrats know how to hold their own accountable and they prosecute them – if conservatives would just do the same they would not have such an evil conservative culture of corruption reputation every where in this country.

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