[UPDATED with Feinstein Fooked!] Kinde Durkee, Democratic Treasurer Accused of Fraud

UPDATE, SEPT. 13, 11:05 A.M.: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is the latest Democrat claiming to have been hornswoggled by campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee.

Feinstein first revealed her accounts had been totally cleaned out, but her spokesman later corrected that to say the amount of missing funds is currently unknown.

So, for those playing the home version of the Kinde Durkee Rip-Off Game . . .

. . . she is alleged to have so far victimized: Feinstein, U.S. Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) and Susan Davis (D-San Diego), state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Anaheim) and Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana).

Solorio currently leads the pack with $677,000 in disappeared campaign cash.

Durkee's federal mail fraud complaint accuses her of moving campaign money from Solorio's account to the accounts of Davis, Sanchez and Beth Krom, the Democratic Irvine city councilwoman whose losing campaign to unseat Rep. John Campbell (R-Newport Beach) in November 2010 was mired in debt.

The Durkee and Associates founder, who began her campaign treasurer career in the early 1970s, supposedly admitted to the FBI that she has for years misappropriated her clients' money, filed false reports to cover up the thefts and spent the booty on her Burbank company's payroll, her credit card bills, her mother's assisted living facility and other personal expenses.

UPDATE, SEPT. 9, 4:01 P.M.: The campaign accounts of Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) allegedly got taken for $667,000 by his (and just about every other local Democrat's) treasurer, Kinde Durkee. State Sen. Lou Correa (D-Anaheim) has also said he was a victim of theft by the founder of Burbank-based Durkee and Associates.

Now, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) is telling supporters that Durkee swiped nearly all her campaign cash.

Politico's Ben Smith shares this "plaintive email" Sanchez reportedly sent to her list:

As you may have heard, my campaign treasurer, Kinde Durkee, was arrested earlier this week on charges of stealing more than $600,000 from one of her Orange County based clients.

Unfortunately, upon reviewing my campaign account, I too am a victim. Nearly all of the funds my team and I worked hard to raise this year have been wiped out.

This is a disheartening betrayal by a trusted associate. The records Durkee & Associates sent to me on a weekly basis accurately reflected our internal records -- including the amount we raised, the incoming and outgoing funds from our accounts, and our cash on hand. In reality, our accounts have but a few thousand dollars.

But I am moving forward. Fighting for each and every one of you is and will always be my top priority. I am confident that through the help of friends, colleagues, and you, we will rebuild and be stronger than ever....

My accounts have but a few thousand dollars . . . Loretta, you're looking at the glass half-empty. If you were a journalist, you would be suffering no such burden.
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20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Frankly, I'm happy that hypocrite Feinstein got ripped off.  Now, she knows how the people of California feel. 

cook
cook

Just think if the campaign funds were to be taxed at 50 percent of all incomes, only half would have been stole by this woman and the other half stole by the tax collector for debt reduction.

Of course the campaign funds are non-profit public benefit corporations by law and the money doesn’t belong to the elected officials personally. Because of that the surpluses left after an election should be turned over to the state.

BillBuckley
BillBuckley

Your headline has 'Democrat Treasurer' while Matt Coker uses the proper "Democratic campaign treasurer". Have your editor fix the error.

swan song
swan song

THE LAST COMMENT HERE SAYS, "AND DURKEE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR I T, ALLEGEDLY" DEPENDS ON WHAT THE MEANING OF THE WORD "IT", IS. IS IT ALLEGED IF IT IS AMERICAN EXPRESS BILL, YOUR MOTHER'S NURSING HOME RENT. ALL THE OTHER CLEARLY PERSONAL PURCHASES - - ALTHOUGH I WILL HAVE TO SAY IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE SHE IS BUYING COSMETICS  (ULTA) ANYWHERE IN ANY QUANTITY, JUDGING BY HER APPEARANCE

ONE PART OF THE COMPLAINT SAID SHE ADMITTED TO MISAPPROPRIATING FUNDS OVER THE YEARS. . .AT THE END IT SAYS SHE WILL PLEAD NOT GUILTY. SHALL WE ALL STEP THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND FOLLOW KINDE THROUGH HER YEARS OF MISAPPROPRIATING TO THE POINT OF HER INNOCENCE - - OR IS THAT NOT THE SAIME THING AS "NOT GUILTY" 

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

 fyi: OC Register update reports funds stolen from Solorio were partly used to cover Krom's campaign debts.

Lapbanddan
Lapbanddan

Well, you'll never find a politico more concerned with her campaign funds than Beth Krom, who held a defacto fund raiser at her dead son's funeral!

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

And she's linked to Loretta Sanchez and Dianne Feinstein and Lou Correa and Jose Solorio and Miguel Pulido and a host of Democratic candidates and electeds. 

Lapbanddan
Lapbanddan

 The last comment was from a wanna be blogger, who is in Beth Kroms pocket.

You'll never see the Liberal OC call out the money machine that is Krom Sukhee or Agran, instead they stick thier nose in other cities business.

Afterall, we "Channel OC's Right Wing Noise Machine" at the LOC.

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

I attended Noah's funeral and no such fundraiser occured. The Krom's were too busy greiving over their loss.  A thousand people were there including a number of Republicans (Steven Choi and Christina Shea come to mind). 

Glad you find this so amusing Allan Bartlett.  When your sister was diagnosed with cancer, everyone offered you and her complete support.  So nice of you to show the same sort of compassion back to those dealing with a family tragedy.

Cookie Crumbler
Cookie Crumbler

Don't forget the junior agranistas in Huntington Beach: Connie Boardman and Joe Shaw.

Allan Bartlett
Allan Bartlett

I am laughing at the story Dan, not Beth's sons death. 

Lapbanddan
Lapbanddan

What do GOP attendance have to do with ANYTHING????

There were people there representing the campaign and talking about how with right amount of $$$$ they could depose Campbell!! Unfrotunately, she needed $$$$$$$$ to win.

Who knows, maybe that was "The Beth Krom Campaign" not "Beth Krom The Person"?

Hypocrite.

Jimbo
Jimbo

someones panties are in a bunch

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

Allan, the Dems affected by this are victims; money was stolen from them, allegedly.  And pointing out issues with your own party is simply fair play. That said, I hope your sister is in full remission and doing well.  Its long overdue for an update on her Allan, so let us know please.

LBD - I am not on anyone's payroll; I don't do political consulting.  Krom, like every other office holder and candidate, raises money for electoral campaigns.  Considering Michele Martinez is a "lowly city councilwoman" running for higher office with a fundraiser the week after next, does that make her a "money pig" too?  I believe Sal Tinajero and Miguel Pulido also used Durkee's services. Are they money pigs?  Yes, Matt Cuningham works on campaigns; and so does your friend Art Pedroza - but at least Matt discloses when he's being paid unlike Art who didn't.

So I'm not being paid, nor am I soliticing payment which renders your loyalty for cash argument below moot. 

Move to Santa Ana? Why?  To me, it sounds like you wish you lived in Irvine.

Lapbanddan
Lapbanddan

Dan is a student of the Matt "Jubal" Cunningham school of commenting:

Diversion, make it about some "holier than thou" issue.

Trouble is, Dan doesn't address (anywhere) the fact that Krom is a money pig. She whores out for campaign cash........and she's a lowly city councilwomen. thats a dangerous prospect. But, since she wears a blue dress (or because he's on the payroll) Dan will never adress this.

The Red Dress Cunningham wears and The Blue Dress Chmiliwinski sports are interchangable: Upward mobile mouthpieces with little or no loyalty (except to those who pay).

Move to Santa Ana Dan.

Allan Bartlett
Allan Bartlett

I know there's plenty in my party to laugh about, but today we all get to laugh at these Democrats.  I love how you always try to change the subject in a debate. 

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

No one was there at Noah's funeral raising money.  There was people there from the Krom campaign along with family members, friends, colleagues.  Those Republicans who were there were there in support of a mother who lost a son--that's what GOP attendance has to do with and if there were campaign fundraising going on, as you alledge, - they would have reported it. It was a religious service and everyone was quiet and respectful.  You are making stuff up that didn't happen and didn't occur because you're a moron.  Put on your tin foil hat on a little tighter idiot.  Then again, you hide behind a nom de plumme so you obviously lack the testicular fortitude necessary to engage in any sort of debate.

Allan, your comment coming after the comment from "Lapbanddan" comes off wrong.  If you're laughing at this story, trust me, there are plenty of things to laugh about from your party whether its Republican, Libertarian or Tea Party. There was the S&M club in LA where Republican funds were spent two years ago if I recall correctly.........

If anything, all the Dems who used Durkee are victims here.

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