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California Democrats ask commission to waive campaign-finance rules after embezzlement scheme
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ' Attorneys for Democratic candidates and committees are appealing to California's political watchdog agency to temporarily relax financial reporting rules and waive some contribution limits as they seek to recover from an alleged embezzlement scheme.
The Fair Political Practices Commission held a hearing Friday in Sacramento to consider options for candidates whose campaign accounts evaporated in the scandal involving longtime Democratic treasurer Kinde Durkee.
Durkee is charged with mail fraud and is accused of siphoning $700,000 from the accounts of state Assemblyman Jose Solorio and others, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Solorio's attorney, Karen Getman, says the bank Durkee used, California First, will not even provide statements so candidates can determine whether they have any money left.
The commission spotted the alleged fraud during a 2009 audit and notified the FBI.