November 26, 2012 archive

Feds Say 8 Years in Prison for Convicted Democratic Treasurer Kinde Durkee


Kinde Durkee

Kinde Durkee, AP Photo

Well, Kinde Durkee stole more than $7 million over the years from Democratic Party POLS.

Federal prosecutors have recommended that former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee be sentenced to 97 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to five counts of mail fraud involving the theft of more than $7 million in political funds from 50 clients, according to documents released Monday.

Durkee’s victims included U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein; and Democratic Reps. Laura Richardson of Long Beach; Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove; Linda T. Sanchez of Lakewood; and Susan A. Davis of San Diego.

No sympathy for me for this thief. But, let this be a word to the wise for POLS and aspiring POLS.

Know who is handling your campaign money and audit them with abandon – especially if there are many donors and large sums.


Will the U.S. Supreme Court Rule on California Proposition 8 on Gay Marriage This Week?


yeson8bumpersticker Voter Approved California Proposition 8 Outlawing Gay Marriage Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Appeals Court

My bet is that the Justices will punt the decision until after they rule on the Defense of Marriage Act.

But, who knows?

Now, the justices must decide whether to hear an appeal from the defenders of California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that limited marriage to a man and a woman.

At the same session Friday, the court will sift through several appeals to decide whether legally married gay couples have a right to equal benefits under federal law. Appeals courts in Boston and New York have struck down the part of the Defense of Marriage Act that denies such a right, and the justices are almost certain to take up a case to resolve that question.

The Proposition 8 case, known as Hollingsworth vs. Perry, presents justices with the more profound “right to marry” question.


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