Feinstein is perhaps the most well-known politician who allegedly lost money. Her campaign was trying to determine how much money might be missing from its treasury, which had $5 million as of the most recent campaign finance report, but officials have been unable to access the account.
The Feinstein campaign plans to ask the Federal Elections Commission whether it can solicit contributions from donors who have already contributed the maximum $2,500 per election cycle in the event money is missing from the campaign account.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 56 words Type of Material: Correction
Campaign funds: An article in the Sept. 17 Section A about Kinde Durkee, a political campaign treasurer who is accused of stealing perhaps millions of dollars from her clients, referred to one of those clients, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as a Democrat representing Los Angeles. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area and represents California.
Feinstein, in a hallway interview in the Capitol on Thursday, said, "We will do what we have to do, believe me, to have a very strong campaign."
The Feinstein campaign has established a new campaign committee, opened a new bank account and moved to have a separate treasurer and accounting firm.
Durkee, who has not yet entered a plea, was released on $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Sacramento next month.
Times staff writer Richard Simon in Washington contributed to this report.