Prosecutors seek 8 years for California campaign treasurer

SACRAMENTO — Federal prosecutors on Monday recommended an eight-year sentence for a California campaign treasurer who pleaded guilty to defrauding at least $7 million from Democratic politicians.

Kinde Durkee is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. She pleaded guilty in March to five counts of mail fraud.

Her plea deal called for a sentence of 11 to 14 years, but the U.S. Attorney's office is recommending a little more than eight years. If the judge agrees, Durkee would have to serve six years and 10 months before she is eligible for parole.

A message left for her attorney, Daniel Nixon, was not immediately returned.

Despite the loss of campaign money, Democrats in California this year added congressional seats, reached supermajorities in the Legislature and re-elected U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein said she lost $4.5 million.

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