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CA Secretary of State Charged With Money Mismanagement

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State auditors have issued a stinging report on Secretary of State Kevin Shelley´s use of federal election funds.

They´re charging his office with poor management of millions of dollars and poor supervision of staff and consultants that may force the state to reimburse the federal government. Auditors say Shelley´s office avoided competitive bids for services, paid consultants for work that had little to do with the funds´ mission and failed to fulfill much of its responsibility to modernize voting systems.

It is not accusing him, however, of major violations of state or federal law.

Shelley´s office says it fell behind because of the unexpected gubernatorial recall election last year.