District attorney candidate Robert Brewer, a former Los Angeles prosecutor who has been in private practice in San Diego for more than 20 years, said Dumanis "owes the public a full accounting of all of her connections to the defendants."
"The obvious question is why the Foreign National cited in the complaint was so keen on illegally funneling cash to her mayoral campaign," Brewer said. "Like everyone else in San Diego, we await her explanation."
Disclosure records show that Filner received a direct contribution from Encinas during the 2012 election. The complaint indicates that the two defendants made donations in amounts similar to those received and disclosed by committees that backed Filner during the mayoral race.
Encinas, after retiring from the Police Department, opened a business offering security services, including clients such as bars and downtown businesses. He also provided security to the unidentified Mexican businessman.
A 2011 story by the website Politico described Singh as a "self-styled campaign guru" who claimed an impressive list of U.S. and international political and business clients, including Microsoft.
Singh was arrested and is free on bail pending a Feb. 4 court date. Singh's attorney told reporters that the charges were based on a misreading of campaign law by officials. Encinas was not arrested and might appear in court Thursday.
In the criminal case filed here, Singh and Encinas used a series of schemes, including shell companies and so-called straw donors, to mask the involvement of the Mexican businessman, according to the complaint. Also charged were Singh's firm and unspecified others.The complaint alleges that Encinas demanded that one candidate, if elected, fire San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne in exchange for receiving a donation, which apparently was never made.
Political consultants, who were unaligned with any candidates, said that shows a lack of familiarity with politics.
"Nobody in their right mind, nobody, would think that Lansdowne would be fired because a contributor to a political action committee wants it," consultant John Kern said.
Consultant John Dadian added: "Politics is not brain surgery. But this stuff was really ham-fisted."