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Campaign Treasurer For Democrats Comes Under Scrutiny

September 29, 2011 by  

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 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.

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  • eddie47d

    Yes Durkee has scammed the Democrat Party of California and deserves to be in jail or picking lettuce in the hot sun to pay them back. Every morning when I read the paper someone is caught pilfering someone else or a business. Rich and poor alike and very unacceptable.

  • Patriot II

    Why on Earth would anyone be suprised, sounds like “par for the course” to me!

  • Chuck

    Ditto, Patriot II, on this being “par for the course”. The Democrats set up their entitlements (and the Republicans aren’t completely innocent either), and campaign funds are essentially “politician entitlements”, so why shouldn’t the funds keeper feel “entitled” as well??? Don’t they all? Aren’t they all?

    2 Chronicles 7:14

  • JimH

    700,000 less to get Dems elected. Is that wrong?
    Thieves stealing from thieves. Is NOTHING sacred anymore?

    • Average Joe

      “there is no honor among thieves”

      • http://naver sook young

        Very true and thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai

      • JUKEBOX

        Too bad she didn’t scam a few million dollars from Barry’s campaign, and then split to the Cayman Islands. I guess Holder will pardon this one.

  • wayne

    It’s ok when political, government “workers” steal money, it is “white color crime” and basically nothing happens to them.
    But take a man stealing a can of soup to help feed his family because the government refuses to hear disability cases for years at a time and then find some reason to turn them down when they really are disabled, but the alcoholics and drug addicts have no problem getting disability, because they can not work. The whole government is nothing but a scam.
    social security is now nothing but a Ponzi scheme because the politicians over the years have STOLE OUR MONEY, then blame it on the people that worked to put the money in, now being told they will probably not get anything. The government needs to be completely dismantled and rebuilt. It has happened in the past and needs to happen again. The government is doing nothing but causing division among people because they know there is power in unity.
    we NEED a new american revolution and kick out those politicians that do nothing but take from us. There are there to “serve” us and to “represent” us.
    Do YOU feel served and represented or do you feel robbed and lied to?

    • Hsueh

      I couldn’t agree more with you. Unfortunately, the majority of the “working class” people are not even aware that this is going on. You and I are the ones who will feel it the most. I love the budget cuts they came up with vs our 3 trillion dollar deficit. Interesting how this deficit became “ours” to deal with considering we had very little say in the matter. But look ahead, with our government funding the way with our tax dollars, if the dollar falls, there will be hell to pay.

      • Altaica

        Well if it is “our” problem now then we should have a real say what gets cut and reformed. Obviously our “elected” officials aren’t doing their jobs. It’s time we exercise our rights as their employers and tell them they are fired and with no severance package. In fact, when you steal from a company you usually have to pay that back, time for them to empty their pockets and pay compensation for their horrendous mistakes.

        • http://naver sook young

          You mean our God given rights to vote them out of office? This I will agree with you. Thank you.

          Sook Young
          Wife of the Samurai

  • AJ

    I say go girl!! She didn’t do anything different then our Federal Government is doing to us. If she goes to jail so should our elected officials.

  • s c

    Whoa, folks. Let’s be compassionate about this. Let’s be tolerant. Let’s be understanding. We just can’t be mean-spirited. LMAO and my poor ribs are begging for relief.
    It does seem like proverbial turnabout, knowing that some elected chimp’s arses were hosed by ‘someone who’s supposed to be responsible.’ If enough money has ‘changed hands,’ then expensive lawyers can try to make deals and soothe the offended parties. After all, it just isn’t ‘right’ for us to lust for blood or social justice when our political icons have been used, abused and manipulated.
    I needed a good laugh, PLND. Let us know if more than the names above are affected by this latest round of non-pc social justice. So, does Durkee work alone, or does she have a network of fellow associates who are schtupping other people whose names might seem familiar? Go, team, go!

  • Bill wright

    Hey,what the hell?remmber its only Money (or should I say paper?)The fed.’s can always print more!!!!!!!

  • Cep,

    Well,its about time the dem.s started Screwimg themselves,They’ve screwed everybody else,and,Like you said Bill,the fed.’s can always print more.

  • Austin Jones

    So what! She has to get paid some way. And if she was within close proximity to bill clinton, then I know damn well she deserves whatever she can get her grubby little hands on.

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