PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 19, 2011 | 1:53 pm

The state’s ethics watchdog agency has set a meeting next week to consider whether campaign finance limits and spending report deadlines should be temporarily waived for politicians affected by the alleged misuse of funds by campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee.

Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission, said she and the staff will hold the public meeting Sept. 30 to hear from campaigns concerning whether a federal investigation of Durkee, which has resulted in many bank accounts being frozen, requires flexibility in complying with rules regarding funding of campaigns.

Durkee is accused of taking thousands of dollars from the campaign accounts of numerous elected officials, including Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana). “This is mainly in response to the massive impact of the Durkee situation,” Ravel said of the FPPC staff meeting. “There are so many questions that people have raised, and I think it’s fair for people to come to us with other issues they have.”

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