Author Archives: Jill Castellano

Jill Castellano
Jill Castellano is an investigative reporter and data analyst for inewsource. To contact her with tips, suggestions or corrections, please email jillcastellano [at] inewsource [dot] org.
Breaking down the outside spending in the district attorney’s race

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

San Diego County voters are being bombarded with mailers and commercials about the two candidates running for district attorney in the June election. One television ad shows interim District Attorney Summer Stephan standing in front of law books speaking to an audience. A mailer shows Deputy Public Defender Geneviéve Jones-Wright smiling as she talks to an older woman. Many of ... Read More »

Billionaire Soros pumps $400K into DA’s race to get Jones-Wright elected

Billionaire Soros pumps $400K into DA’s race to get Jones-Wright elected

A political action committee funded by billionaire investor George Soros has spent $402,000 to support San Diego County district attorney candidate Geneviéve Jones-Wright. That’s more than double what the deputy public defender has fundraised for her own campaign. Soros has been the sole donor to the PAC, called California Justice & Public Safety, since at least January. On Thursday, Soros ... Read More »

How to use inewsource’s San Diego County campaign finance database

How to use inewsource’s San Diego County campaign finance database

We’ve launched our San Diego County campaign finance database, which we hope will make it easier for the public to understand who is funding political campaigns. Using records from the county registrar of voters’ website, this inewsource database allows users to search contributions, expenditures, loans and debts for political campaigns that have to file financial reports with the county. That ... Read More »

Darrell Issa and his $1 million in leftover campaign funds

Darrell Issa and his $1 million in leftover campaign funds

What will Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the richest men in Congress, do with the more than $1 million in his campaign coffer now that he is officially not running for re-election? The Vista Republican hasn’t said publicly how he plans to use the money. His office didn’t respond this week to requests by inewsource for comment. But what we ... Read More »