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Feinstein: 'Wiped out' by scandal
Politico ^ | September 12, 2011 | JOHN BRESNAHAN & JONATHAN ALLEN

Posted on 09/12/2011 4:18:13 PM PDT by PJ-Comix

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she was “wiped out” by Kinde Durkee, a well-connected California Democratic political operative who served as treasurer for hundreds of state, local and federal campaign committees.

Durkee was arrested by the FBI on Sept. 2 on allegations of fraud surrounding the diversion of more than $670,000 from the reelection committee for a California state assemblyman, and a growing list of California Democrats, including Feinstein and Reps. Susan Davis and Loretta Sanchez, now appear to victims as well.

“I was wiped out too, we don’t know how much,” said Feinstein, indicating the losses in campaign funds could run into hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars. Feinstein, who is up for reelection next year, reported just over $5 million in the bank as of June 30, according to disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

“She did my ‘92 campaign, my ‘94 campaign, my 2000 [campaign], my 2006 [campaign] … my gubernatorial campaign,” Feinstein told POLITICO on Monday, describing her long relationship with Durkee. “I trusted her implicitly.”

Feinstein said she and her campaign staff have been unable to access all their bank records at this point because Durkee alone controlled access to the account, which has made it difficult for them to assess how much money is gone.

“It’s very painful,” Feinstein added.

Davis is missing more than $250,000 from her reelection committee. Loretta Sanchez has already declared her $379,000 campaign war chest was “nearly wiped out” by Kindee. The Los Angeles County Democratic Party reported that it lost at least $200,000, while California Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D) may be out as much as $677,000.

And dozens of other campaign committees have yet to declare whether they suffered losses as well.

Durkee has not been formally accused of any wrondoing in connection with missing funds from the campaign accounts of Feinstein, Davis or Sanchez at this time, but Justice Department officials allege that Durkee moved money from one of Solorio’s accounts into an account she controlled and then wrote a check for $125,000 to Sanchez’s campaign shortly before last November’s congressional elections.

In a letter sent by Davis on Sunday - first reported by the San Diego Union Tribune - the six-term House member told supporters that “we have been robbed!”

“Upwards of $250,000 in campaign funds have been stolen from us. Our treasurer was arrested and is accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars (maybe millions) to herself from our campaign, and the campaigns of many, many others,” Davis stated.

“The records we vigilantly kept and reported to the Federal Election Commission accurately reflect contributions that we received and monies we knowingly spent. However, the reports [Durkee] submitted to us about our account balances were false. As this scandal emerges, she may well become known as the Bernie Madoff of campaign finance treasurers.”

Durkee was one of the most widely sought after treasurers in California Democratic politics with dozens of state, local and federal clients. An FBI special agent told a federal judge in California that Durkee had access to “more than 400 bank accounts” at the time of her arrest, and the scale of alleged diversions of funds is only now starting to become clear.

Durkee reportedly used the money she is accused of diverted from Solorio to cover business and personal expenses, including payments for her mother’s nursing home.

Durkee has been released on a $200,000 bond on Friday under strict conditions that she not leave the region or involve herself in the affairs of her company, Durkee & Associates, or its clients.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; campaignfunds; demfinances; democrats; diannefeinstein; difi; durkee; feinstein; kindedurkee; redistribution; stealsfromtaxpayers
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“I was wiped out too, we don’t know how much,” said Feinstein, indicating the losses in campaign funds could run into hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

My prayers from YESTERDAY have been answered. Here is what I pleaded to the Big Guy Up There:

Oh Dear God, hear my plea! Let one of those victims be Dianne Feinstein and her ENTIRE stash of $5 million in campaign cash.

YESSSSS! And please let the total amount of stolen DiFi cash be $5 million. And the icing on the cake is that it now looks like a lot of other CA Democrats have had their campaign cash wiped out as well!

1 posted on 09/12/2011 4:18:27 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: Charles Henrickson

See what the power of positive prayer can accomplish?


2 posted on 09/12/2011 4:19:40 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

We are sooooooooo happy for her!


3 posted on 09/12/2011 4:20:37 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Expect bailouts for campaign treasuries soon.


4 posted on 09/12/2011 4:20:47 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Where's he getting these ideas? He's not smart enough to be that stupid all by himself.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Oh my gosh, I can’t stop laughing!


5 posted on 09/12/2011 4:21:00 PM PDT by MissesBush (Raising taxes on an economy in a death spiral is like taking up smoking when you have emphysema)
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To: PJ-Comix

I hope Durkee spent all of the money on something good, like cocaine, hookers, and gambling.


6 posted on 09/12/2011 4:21:00 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: PJ-Comix

Savage was just talking about Geitner not paying his mortgage on a home in Queens.


7 posted on 09/12/2011 4:21:51 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: PJ-Comix

Soak the rich...


8 posted on 09/12/2011 4:22:41 PM PDT by null and void (Day 965 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: PJ-Comix

I prayed that my son would find a donor for his kidney transplant. I think the lord answered your prayer first.


9 posted on 09/12/2011 4:24:20 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: PJ-Comix

Hey DiFi, think of all the jobs you saved or created!


10 posted on 09/12/2011 4:24:56 PM PDT by bray (Palin is hated by the establishment of both Parties. Winner!)
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To: forgotten man

Hookers?


11 posted on 09/12/2011 4:25:10 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: PJ-Comix

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH


12 posted on 09/12/2011 4:25:10 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (We .. have a purpose .. no longer to please every dictator with a vote at the UN. PM Harper)
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To: PJ-Comix
Diane was "wiped out". Thank goodness for Charmin!
13 posted on 09/12/2011 4:25:18 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: forgotten man

If you ever saw a pic of the woman, you’d know the truth...she ate it all away.


14 posted on 09/12/2011 4:25:21 PM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: PJ-Comix

A ploy to get tax payer money to replace their graft.

One small Solyndra scam and they are whole again.


15 posted on 09/12/2011 4:26:57 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Democrats are violent. Prisons are overflowing with democrats convicted of violent crimes.)
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To: Sawdring

Is your son okay?


16 posted on 09/12/2011 4:27:12 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: PJ-Comix

Does this mean that she will be forced to have the government sign some new contracts with her husband’s company?


17 posted on 09/12/2011 4:27:32 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Lancey Howard

I have more respect for hookers than I have for Dianne Feinswine and Loretta Sanchez.


18 posted on 09/12/2011 4:28:41 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: PJ-Comix

save


19 posted on 09/12/2011 4:29:12 PM PDT by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: Sawdring

I will pray for your son. God Bless!


20 posted on 09/12/2011 4:29:24 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: PJ-Comix

She’s not to be the only Dem affected eith.

This is shaping up to be a wipeout year for the Dems.


21 posted on 09/12/2011 4:29:33 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: PJ-Comix

what’s difi complaining for? durkee was only redistributing the wealth


22 posted on 09/12/2011 4:31:00 PM PDT by Jeff Vader (Palin 2012)
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To: PJ-Comix

Yes, you can be certain that this money will now go to a better use than was originally planned.


23 posted on 09/12/2011 4:31:25 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Sawdring
I prayed that my son would find a donor for his kidney transplant. I think the lord answered your prayer first.

Keep your chin up. There's fatal car wrecks that leave brain-dead victims all the time.
God works in mysterious ways.

24 posted on 09/12/2011 4:31:47 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: PJ-Comix

Awww, well, shucks....(snort)


25 posted on 09/12/2011 4:32:27 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: PJ-Comix

You know the economy is bad when DemocRATS have to start stealing from each other.


26 posted on 09/12/2011 4:33:11 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Only two things come out of the DemocRAT Party. Fears and Smears.)
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To: socal_parrot

BURP! I can't believe I ate DiFi's entire $5 million!

27 posted on 09/12/2011 4:33:59 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
I'd be willing to bet that every corrupt dem is scrambling to attribute shortfalls in their accounts to Durkee.

It's kind of like a story I heard from my Dad during Vietnam. A cargo plane goes down and every supply Sargent sees an opportunity to account for missing supplies. Before all is said and done, the plane is alleged to be carrying four or five times the weight remotely possible.

Does anybody believe that Durkee could take that much for that long and go unnoticed?

28 posted on 09/12/2011 4:35:03 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: PJ-Comix
FineSwine ripped off by an even more crooked democrat... BWAAAAHAAAAHAAAA!


29 posted on 09/12/2011 4:37:44 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: Lancey Howard

LOL


30 posted on 09/12/2011 4:37:51 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: PJ-Comix

31 posted on 09/12/2011 4:38:17 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: forgotten man
I have more respect for hookers than I have for Dianne Feinswine and Loretta Sanchez.

Well, so do I, but what would this woman Durkee be doing spending tens of thousands of dollars on hookers?

32 posted on 09/12/2011 4:38:21 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: PJ-Comix

Feinstein is guilty only of surrounding herself with people LIKE herself.


33 posted on 09/12/2011 4:38:54 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: PJ-Comix

Cry me a river! Feinstein’s husband is a millionaire. Let him foot her bills!


34 posted on 09/12/2011 4:39:21 PM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Maybe she was a secret GOP operative?


35 posted on 09/12/2011 4:39:27 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: PJ-Comix

Yikes!
She spent the money on Drake’s Ring-Dings!


36 posted on 09/12/2011 4:41:13 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: PJ-Comix

A repeat of the “affinity group” type con game. As Madoff targeted his affinity group, so did this “most sought after” campaign treasurer fleece her fellow Democrats.


37 posted on 09/12/2011 4:43:55 PM PDT by SES1066 (1776 to 2011, 235 years and counting in the GRAND EXPERIMENT!)
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To: PJ-Comix

A few hundred thousand stolen doesn’t “wipe out” anyone with millions more. This is emotional BS in an attempt to get more donations to come pouring in.


38 posted on 09/12/2011 4:44:14 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: PJ-Comix

All Durkee did was redistrubute the rich Democrat’s money!

Doesn’t Dianne like it when it is HER MONEY being redistributed?


39 posted on 09/12/2011 4:44:36 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS & PAINTINGS)
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To: PJ-Comix

Durkee should tell Di-Fi her account’s as sound as social security so her money isn’t really missing.


40 posted on 09/12/2011 4:45:43 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: PJ-Comix

She def didn’t blow at the hair salon. That ‘doo was done with a dull Ginsu knife.


41 posted on 09/12/2011 4:46:07 PM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: PJ-Comix

Why is it that I think there is more to this story. Durkee may be somewhat of a convenient patsy. As I understand it, Feinstein is saying she “may have been” whiped out. What a wonderful way to be able to be home free with all that money and not have to account for it other than saying it’s not there so Durkee must have taken it.


42 posted on 09/12/2011 4:46:30 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Sawdring
Low-hanging fruit; I'm praying for him.
43 posted on 09/12/2011 4:47:32 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: CodeToad

What I think people fail to realize is that a lot of DiFi’s wealth (actually, her hubby’s wealth, but let’s put that aside for a moment) is tied up in relatively illiquid assets - like real estate.

Which, if you wanted to convert it to cash for a campaign, would entail selling at the low point of the market just now.

So I’m not entirely skeptical of the idea that DiFi will be in a hard place with this theft of her funds.

And as far as I’m concerned, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of people.


44 posted on 09/12/2011 4:48:21 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: PJ-Comix
Feinstein said she and her campaign staff have been unable to access all their bank records at this point because Durkee alone controlled access to the account,

Wow.. and the taxpayers of California elect this idiot every six years.

I would NEVER in ten million years gave someone complete control over my assets and lock myself out

45 posted on 09/12/2011 4:48:36 PM PDT by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: forgotten man

I hope that Durkee is not related to Durkee’s French Fried Onion Rings. Love them on a green bean casserole.

Do you realize that Durkee rhymns with Turkey (i.e. Feingstein, Sanchez, etc).

Gooble, Gooble!

Thanksgiving came early for these “turkeys”. Pass the giblets, please!


46 posted on 09/12/2011 4:50:27 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: PJ-Comix

Now this is what I call redistributive change Mr. Obama !!!! The revenge of Joe the Plumber.... Her Chickens have come home tooo Roooossstttt.....


47 posted on 09/12/2011 4:50:43 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: PJ-Comix

When chickens come home to roost ping.


48 posted on 09/12/2011 4:51:03 PM PDT by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: NVDave

I’m thinking DiFi might be forced to...THROW IN THE TOWEL!!!


49 posted on 09/12/2011 4:51:19 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: Sawdring

I pray that he finds one and all is well with him.


50 posted on 09/12/2011 4:52:32 PM PDT by linn37
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