Panel considers next step in alleged campaign fraud

The state Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday weighed whether political committees that lost millions of dollars in what the chairwoman called "the greatest campaign treasurer fraud in the history of the country" should be allowed to ask donors to replace their lost contributions.

Three of the five commissioners traveled to Los Angeles to hear from some of the scores of mostly Democratic politicians and organizations in the region who used Burbank-based campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee. Durkee was arrested last month and charged with mail fraud. She is under federal investigation for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars from her clients.

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Durkee's lifestyle didn't square with the allegations against her

Democrats scramble to replace cash

-- John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times

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