San Diego County District Attorney’s Race: Outside Spending

(Data updated May 24, 2018) Political action committees have spent more than $2.2 million supporting and opposing candidates in the San Diego County district attorney’s race, with spending on items such as mailers, TV commercials and phone banking. These committees are not allowed to coordinate with the candidates' campaigns.

So far, $1,536,548 of the outside spending went to support Deputy Public Defender Geneviéve Jones-Wright, and $663,548 is backing interim District Attorney Summer Stephan.

Scroll through or search the table to see the committees spending money in the race. The winner will be decided in the June 5 election.

Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office

Credit: Data by Jill Castellano and Leonardo Castañeda, Graphic by Brandon Quester


Outside money supporting DA candidate Jones-Wright tops $1.5 million

By Leonardo Castañeda, inewsource | May 24, 2018

The outside money reported this week in the San Diego County district attorney’s race reached new highs, with spending by pro-Geneviéve Jones-Wright PACs totaling $1.5 million — more than double what they had last week.

Political action committees can spend unlimited amounts of money from anywhere in the country to influence local elections.

Political action committees supporting her opponent, interim District Attorney Summer Stephan, continue to face a significant gap in spending. The PACs backing Stephan have spent nearly $664,000. And while that’s more than double what they reported last week, it’s about $873,000 behind what’s been spent to help her opponent.

These figures are from an inewsource analysis that includes campaign spending through Thursday.

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Breaking down the outside spending in the district attorney’s race

By Jill Castellano, inewsource | May 18, 2018

San Diego County voters are being bombarded with mailers and commercials about the two women running for district attorney in the June election.

One television ad shows interim District Attorney Summer Stephan smiling in front of a stack of legal books. Another shows Deputy Public Defender Genevieve Jones-Wright talking to an older woman.

Many of these ads come with a little disclaimer tucked in the corner of the flier or in the last few seconds of the video: “This advertisement was not authorized by a candidate.”

Read the full story here.

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