Politicians return donations from conspiracy suspect

Politicians return donations from conspiracy suspect


[trib_ndn vid=25550364]SAN DIEGO, Calif. — San Diego political figures began returning donations Wednesday that were made to their campaigns by a man charged with conspiring to funnel money from a foreign national into San Diego-area elections.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis was returning $700 provided to her campaign fund by former San Diego police Detective Ernesto Encinas and another $700 given by Encinas’ wife, Sharon, campaign spokeswoman Jen Tierney told City News Service.

Dumanis is running for reelection in June.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria returned $500 given to his City Council reelection campaign, according to the mayor’s office. Ex-Councilman and current congressional candidate Carl DeMaio also gave back $500, according to his spokesman.

Meanwhile, Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, said he would return any donations from individuals who were named Tuesday in a federal complaint. Vargas would have to pay back $3,500, according to various news reports.

According to the complaint…

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