• 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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      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.
      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.
      • 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.
      • 1 Year Ago
      IRube/Evan .....lol
      Rodger Blake
      • 1 Year Ago
      Might be nice when writing an article like this to be as complete as possible. Who was the foreign contributions for?? Was it for a Republican, Democratic or Independent party member? Who was the intended person to receive these funds?
      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?
      temeculapaul
      • 1 Year Ago
      John Roberts $COTU$ clown court just legalized the purchase and sale of politicians.
      • 1 Year Ago
      i seem to recall democrats fund raising overseas many times --- Clinton and Obama both did.
        ualfriend
        • 1 Year Ago
        http://blogs.rollcall.com/moneyline/republicans-overseas-inc-established-to-speak-on-public-policy/
      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
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