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Calif. Dems seek options after embezzlement scheme
Calif. political watchdog agency to weigh options for Dem candidates after embezzlement scheme
By The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ' Democratic candidates whose campaign accounts may have been looted by their former treasurer are going before California's political watchdog agency in Sacramento to seek a reprieve from some of the state's campaign finance laws.

They're trying to recover after potentially losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in an embezzlement scheme.

The Fair Political Practices Commission will consider its options Friday, although it's not clear whether it can act alone or will have to seek legislative approval.

Federal prosecutors say Democratic treasurer Kinde Durkee siphoned $700,000 from the campaign account of state Assemblyman Jose Solorio to pay personal expenses.

Dozens of Democrats believe they are missing hundreds of thousands of dollars as they face a tough election year in 2012. Durkee controlled as many as 400 accounts, including some for nonprofits.

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