San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis during her 2012 mayoral campaign. Now funding of that campaign is being investigated. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / April 19, 2012)

By Tony Perry
April 4, 2014, 9:04 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — Former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has called for an additional criminal investigation into the case of alleged improper political donations to the campaign of San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis.

In a letter this week to California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, Cooley said that although there was already a federal criminal case underway, there may be “violations of state and municipal codes” that are outside the jurisdiction of federal prosecutors.

Dumanis is currently seeking reelection. Cooley has endorsed her opponent, former Los Angeles prosecutor Bob Brewer.

A spokeswoman for the Dumanis campaign dismissed Cooley’s letter: “It’s a campaign stunt.”

“I’m a supporter of Bob Brewer,” Cooley responded, “but I’m also a 40-year prosecutor.”

Dumanis has not been charged in the federal case in San Diego, nor are there any allegations that she knew the donations to her failed 2012 mayoral campaign were being made by “straw donors” to mask the fact that the money came from a Mexican business tycoon.

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