Campaign Cash Do-Over OK In Some Cases

October 31, 2011 · Filed Under Elections, Money In Politics · Comments Off 

KQED/John Myers

A legal analysis by the state's campaign finance watchdog agency says that donations never deposited into candidate accounts by accused treasurer Kinde Durkee can be solicited a second time.

But now, the multi-million dollar question in the allegations of embezzlement against Durkee: which donations were actually deposited... and thus are now final... and which were not?
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Campaign Treasurer Scandal: "It's Quite a Mess"

October 20, 2011 · Filed Under CA Politics, Elections, Money In Politics · Comments Off 

It was hard not to notice the campaign fundraising event held this week in Sacramento for Assemblymember Jose Solorio. Granted, it was for his 2014 Senate campaign. But Solorio's future political endeavors would no doubt be easier to pursue if his Assembly campaign account had in it the cash he he thought it did on September 2.

That's when Solorio was called by an FBI agent, who said investigators believed that much of his campaign cash had been unlawfully taken -- and spent -- by his campaign treasuer, Kinde Durkee.

"It's quite a mess," said the Orange County Democrat in an interview this week.
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