The Associated Press reported that the campaign treasurer for several Democratic lawmakers has been targeted for embezzlement charges by Federal prosecutors.
Accusations arose following the confrontation between authorities and campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee. She was suspected of siphoning up to $700,000 from a California assemblyman.
According to the news outlet, Durkee also noted that she had been appropriating money from her many Democratic clients for years. Her list had several hundred names on it, including the campaigns of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Representative Susan A. Davis (D-Calif.) and Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).
“The underlying issue is: Were there systems in place to prevent this from happening or was this essentially an accident waiting to happen?” Kenneth Gross, a Washington-based attorney who advises candidates on campaign law compliance, told the AP. “No one assumes they hire a crook, but it’s a good idea to have procedures in case someone is tempted by having just one person with their hands on the control.”
This arrest of Durkee has left California Democrats feeling strapped for cash, as the coming 2012 election may expose the fact that the candidates will have to scramble to find funding, The Los Angeles Times reported.