- - Monday, October 17, 2011

HOUSE

Sanchez takes steepest hit to campaign

Records show that Democratic Rep. Linda T. Sanchez’s campaign finances took a steep hit from a former treasurer linked to an alleged embezzlement scheme.

Federal prosecutors have accused Kinde Durkee of siphoning nearly $700,000 from a California assemblyman, but the case has expanded to include several clients.

Ms. Sanchez reported to the Federal Election Commission that she lost about $322,000 as a result of an unauthorized withdrawal from her campaign account. That leaves the California congresswoman with about $144,000 in the bank, or little more than half what she started with when the quarter began.

Ms. Sanchez’s sister, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, reported she lost $125,000. Another California congresswoman, Democrat Susan Davis, reported $160,000 was missing.

TEXAS

Perry slashed environmental enforcement back home

AUSTIN — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry likes to say the best way to promote economic growth is to reduce regulation. As governor of Texas, he is keeping environmental rules to a minimum.

In the past year, Mr. Perry has cut funding for clean air programs and sued the Environmental Protection Agency to avoid enforcing clean air laws. He routinely blasts the White House for tightening environmental standards, signaling what he would do if elected president.

He cut the budget for Texas’ environmental watchdog by a third. That translates to 11 percent fewer inspections. He also signed a law in June that requires Texas to consider the effect of new regulations on the economy before passing changes.

However, government and business data show little evidence that regulation costs a significant number of jobs.

CAMPAIGNING

Paul: Cut $1 trillion, erase 5 Cabinet posts

LAS VEGAS — Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul is calling for $1 trillion in cuts to the federal budget and says he would eliminate five Cabinet departments as soon as he takes office.

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