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Campaigns without internal controls may find the checks are being embezzled and balances are going down

From Hawaii to Delaware, more and more candidates and political action committees are becoming victims of embezzlers. As record amounts of money are donated to political groups, the temptation to steal is greater than ever.

House and Senate campaigns have become multimillion-dollar enterprises, but the money going in and out is often controlled by one person -- usually a trusted aide or friend of the candidate who works as the campaign treasurer. And financial controls, commonplace in business, are frequently nonexistent in the world of politics.

Campaign embezzlers can go undetected for years. And when they're caught, it's a problem members of Congress and political committees would rather not publicize. -- Campaigns Catching Hands in the Till (Los Angeles Times)

One of the Times' typically good articles with lots of examples.