The term “special interests” gets tossed around pretty easily these days. Both former City Councilman Carl DeMaio and former Mayor Bob Filner blamed these groups for their recent political failures.

But who exactly were they talking about?

NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia and Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis touch on the various groups and lobbyists around the city with the most political sway in this installment of San Diego Explained.

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Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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