FPPC to hold hearing on Durkee case Sept. 30

California’s political finance watchdog agency will hold a public hearing next Friday to hear from those affected by the Democratic campaign treasury scandal that has rocked the state.

Staff of the Fair Political Practices Commission, chaired by Ann Ravel, will hear from officials, campaigns and the public regarding regulatory questions arising due to the campaign fraud case surrounding longtime treasurer Kinde Durkee.

Durkee, who ran Durkee & Associates in Burbank, is accused of taking significant amounts of money from the campaign accounts of numerous California officials, the FPPC notes, and many banks have frozen campaign accounts during the ongoing investigation. Among the most prominent apparent victims are U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. – who sued Durkee and First National Bank on Friday – and Reps. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, and Loretta Sanchez, D-Anaheim, all of whom could be missing substantial sums.

“The far reaching impacts have given rise to numerous regulatory questions such as expenditure reporting and recordkeeping, replacement of contributions to state candidate election committees, and compliance with reporting deadlines,” the commission said in a news release. “Commission staff would like to obtain as much information as possible in order to consider any appropriate regulatory action to take in response.”

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. next Friday, Sept. 30 in the FPPC’s hearing room, 428 J St., Suite 800, in Sacramento. It will be webcast on the commission’s website as well as at cal-span.org.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Sounds like a great way to delay court proceedings against Durkee and friends. I’m sure DiFi is grateful.

  • John W

    Financial Control 101 — He who handles the money and he who keeps the books need to be independent of each other. You’d think they would know that.

  • Raul

    I understand this Dirkee lady was spening all this money she from all these politicians at CostCo, Baskin and Robbins, Stone Cold Creamery, Chili’s, Abblebee’s, she apparently was some sort of foodaholic. I saw a photo of her and she’s a great big fat thing, I’m just wondering why every politician up and down the state was utilizing the services of this 300 blimp ? Did they like the way she looked in a MuMu?