• Apr 11th 2014 at 2:50PM
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A high-end car dealer in San Diego, Calif. pled guilty in federal court Thursday to eight misdemeanor counts of breaking campaign finance law.

Marc Chase, owner of Symbolic Motor Cars, funneled half a million dollars into political campaigns for a foreign billionaire looking to influence local elections.

He admitted to making campaign contributions with cash paid to him by Mexican billionaire Jose Susumo Azano. It is illegal for foreign nationals to donate money to U.S. political campaigns. Chase used friends and employees to disperse the money in $500 increments to local election campaigns.

Prosecutors say Azano was attempting to buy his way into building a high-rise development on the San Diego bayfront.

Chase will be sentenced at a hearing scheduled for November 13. He faces eight years in prison and $800,000 in fine.


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      nbbg1
      • 1 Year Ago
      An occasional donor to political campaigns, Chase has been linked to a scheme to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Mexican businessman into San Diego elections. The straw donor in the scandal, identified as Chase by a source close to the investigation, is described in a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office as having contributed $120,000 to a political-action committee in October 2012. Documents also say around the same time the straw donor contributed $30,000 each to two political party committees. Campaign documents show Chase made contributions in those amounts to a committee supporting Bob Filner for mayor -- the $120,000 sum --the Democratic National Campaign Committee and the San Diego Democratic Party
      mleedenton
      • 1 Year Ago
      Listen to all the right wing crap here. They the Repubs are so fast at forgetting that all the right wing candidates just went to Las Vegas to beg for monies from a super rich owner of many many casinos, well let me remind you that the majority of his monies come from China. If thats not criminal that he funded several hundred million dollars into the last election and will do so again this election, and he, because he is a Republican, will not be in court for it, because of a Republican majority of the Supreme Court decision.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mleedenton
        Wow ! Are you saying that politicians are corrupt ? OMG !
          posthuf
          • 1 Year Ago
          mleeddenton is saying only Republican politicians are corrupt. Must not have heard that 35,000 people voted multiple times in NC. A sign of a truly sick mind.
        posthuf
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mleedenton
        I bet you actually believe the tens of thousands of untraced credit card donations of $25 made to obama in '08 and '12 really were from Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Road Runner, and others, don't you. How naive can one person get! To believe that only one party does this - God help us!
          eagle6922
          • 1 Year Ago
          @posthuf
          Let's see the facts about all these credit cards. Tyoical of all you Republicrooks to blab lies. SHOW THE PROOF posthuf. Go to Faux comments. They will believe you more.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @posthuf
          you forgot Julius Caesar, Hercules, zeus , lol
          • 1 Year Ago
          @posthuf
          " TYOICAL " ........................Another GED failure.
          Freddie
          • 1 Year Ago
          @posthuf
          To eagle6922...http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/us/politics/10donate.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is any of this a surprise to anyone ? This is the new norm. Capitol Hill is bought by millionaires and billionaires, that's how it works. Both parties are corrupt as hell.
        suemg2011
        • 1 Year Ago
        The SCOTUS opened the door for more corruption, because some of them also are owned by big business. Remember Alito at the Presidents speech warning of this very thing and Alito shaking his head no. Alito knew he was letting big money try and sway elections...................
          • 1 Year Ago
          @suemg2011
          There is no integrity or honor for country, among the ranks of elected officials anymore. What we now have is the legal Mafia.
      clafoon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't want to be an alarmist but any Foreign High Roller can donate any amount of Moeyhe want't to one of these Republican Tax Exempt 501 C SuperPacs and remain hidden from the Federal Campaign Donation Police. Donations to 501 C Charitable Organizations are not required to reveal their donors names. I am talking about the Karl Rove Republican Party 501 C fund and the Koch Brothers 501 C fund. The SCOTUS destroyed all the Campaign funding Laws the United Sytates Congress had enacted. They the SCOTUS thought it best that a Corporation or Person could donate any amount of Money to any Campaign Fund. Your Democracy FOR SALE to the Higest Contributer..
        Faith
        • 1 Year Ago
        @clafoon
        Until the SCOTUS decision is decided differently and or new laws are put into place, America is up for sale to the highest bidder, from anywhere around the world and from very un-American americans here at home. Thanks republicans for destroying the best political system in the world.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Faith
          Both parties are corrupt, buy a clue, it's not just the republicans.
        knarf714
        • 1 Year Ago
        @clafoon
        What an odd response considering all the recipients of the donor in this case were democrats. Keep in mind that George Soros already owns the democratic party and he has sworn to destroy the USA.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @knarf714
          No false statement from you at all LOLOL "sworn to destroy the USA" Please reveal the source of this statement as I truly wish to take you seriously if possible. As I said before, you are shooting at ants when you are about to be torn apart by Tigers.
          sal7851
          • 1 Year Ago
          @knarf714
          It seems Tane has no knowledge of what Soros did to Indonesia or Great Britain, or the billions he has bet against our market right now. I have yet to meet a liberal democrat who didn't have crap for brains.
      • 1 Year Ago
      interesting.... democrats but not a mention of this being democrat ---how did the media overlook that????
        • 1 Year Ago
        Because he probably contributed to both CROOKED sides.
      RockNHula
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah--which campaign? But, I suppose it doesn't really matter because both parties seem to have adopted an attitude that they are going to (blank us all--the word starting with the sixth letter of the alphabet). God Bless America!
        gramos555
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RockNHula
        Democrats are trying to save the middle class. Republicans are trying to help billionaires become trillionaires. But they're the same to you?
      commtranz
      • 1 Year Ago
      remember when supreme court scoffed at idea that foreigners would try to influence our elections ?
      • 1 Year Ago
      IRube/Evan .....lol
      gjohn411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Never trust a car dealer, politician, or priest
        newsmyrnasuite
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gjohn411
        Ya forgot lawyers....
          clyogi
          • 1 Year Ago
          @newsmyrnasuite
          Do you mean the same lawyers contributing to BO and the Dems so that tort reform is never on the table as a means of reducing healthcare costs?
        Allen Cat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gjohn411
        Do you know the difference between a bottom dwelling, mud ******* creature and lawyers, politicians, preists, or car dealers. One is a fish
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gjohn411
        Or anyone with the name Hussein in it
      vall17
      • 1 Year Ago
      The medias failure to mention what party lets us know it is the Democraps. The BIASED in the media is DESTROYING this country. The liberal media looks and makes up things to report on the Repubs in a negative light. WAKE UP MEDIA!!!!!!
        eagle6922
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vall17
        The only thing bias here is that Citizen United was not mentioned. The REPUBLICROOKS saw to that.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vall17
        The Media is awake on AOL, that's their job, slinging mud at the GOP.
      alfredschrader
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Symbolic" cars are purchased by commoners trying to look wealthy. The very wealthy live green, ride bicycles, consider the atmosphere and environment, and drive green cars if they even use fossil fuels at all.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @alfredschrader
        Bulloney, Al Gore flies all over the damn place with his carbon spewing jets. Stop lying Al.
      buckeye3118
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like he was going to the puppetmaster George Soros school of buying politicians. Soros is the master, since he owns PopStar MESSiah and is in the process of buying Her Royal Hillary.
        james
        • 1 Year Ago
        @buckeye3118
        I can't stop laughing at such a ridiculous comment.
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