LOS ANGELES (KCBS/AP) – California regulators are cracking down on a company at the center of a scandal over hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of dollars, from the campaigns of several politicians, including U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein’s longtime campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee, who runs Durkee & Associates, has been arrested by federal agents and charged with mail fraud, specifically involving the misappropriation of funds from California Assemblyman Jose Solorio.

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KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Federal affidavits said Durkee admitted dipping into client’s campaign accounts for years.

Feinstein said Durkee “wiped her out” with some reports claiming that as much as $3 million might have been taken from her over the years.

State Democratic Party Chairman John Burton said as many as 20 politicians may have been victimized over the years.

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“A lot of people who run for office don’t pay that much attention and they’re trusting,” Burton said. “The person I’ve got, you couldn’t get a postage stamp by her.”

Burton said politicians that don’t have safeguards in place are especially vulnerable.

“I don’t think it’s widespread, but I guarantee everybody is asking questions about whoever their person is now,” he said.

The state Board of Accountability has issued a “cease and desist” order against Durkee & Associates to stop the firm from conducting accounting business.

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