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Fraud Case Rocks Democratic Party

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LOS ANGELES—Accusations that a campaign treasurer stole more than $1 million from Democratic candidates across California have jolted the party on the eve of the 2012 campaign season.

The reach of an alleged fraud scheme widened as more California Democrats, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, said their war chests had been raided by a prominent campaign treasurer. Tammy Audi has details from Los Angeles on The News Hub.

Kinde Durkee was arrested Sept. 2 and accused by federal authorities of stealing campaign funds and using the money to pay for an array of personal expenses, including mortgage payments, cosmetics and nursing-home care for her mother. Based in Burbank, Calif., the 58-year-old had long managed money for scores of Democratic campaigns.

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