SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she feels betrayed by a former campaign treasurer who stole an estimated $4.5 million from her re-election account. Feinstein was in Sacramento Tuesday to address local government officials. She spoke publicly about the embezzlement for the first time since her former treasurer, Kinde Durkee, entered guilty pleas to five counts of mail fraud. Durkee faces 11 to 14 years in prison when she is sentenced in June. Feinstein told reporters after her speech that the swindle was “a big betrayal.” Yet she said she is not worried that the lost money will hinder her re-election prospects because she does not believe she has a “major opponent.” Feinstein replaced the stolen campaign money with a loan from her personal fortune.
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