Capitol Alert

FPPC posts names of campaign treasurers with multiple enforcement actions

California’s political ethics agency has begun posting the names of campaign treasurers who have repeatedly run afoul of state rules, with the goal of alerting candidates and party officials.

The action by the Fair Political Practices Commission stems from a recommendation following the arrest of former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee, who pleaded guilty in March 2012 to stealing at least $7 million from Democratic candidates, party committees and various nonprofits in the largest campaign embezzlement case ever prosecuted. Durkee was sentenced to eight years in prison in November 2012 and ordered to pay $10.5 million in restitution.

Durkee had had repeated run-ins with the FPPC before her September 2011 arrest. Some of her victims complained they had no inkling of those red flags and would have switched treasurers if they had.

“The purpose of this is so people can have some place where they can find treasurers who have had frequent enforcement actions,” Gary S. Winuk, chief of the FPPC’s enforcement division, said of the new site.

As of Friday, the commission web page listed three treasurers besides Durkee who have been subject to two or more enforcement actions by the commission: Jane Leiderman of Los Angeles, Gary Crummit of Long Beach, and Lysa Ray of Orange County.