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  [Steve] Westly takes heat for Nazi memorabilia auctions
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Last EditedPatrick  Dec 12, 2005 01:39pm
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News DateMonday, December 12, 2005 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionState Controller and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Westly has been touting the revenue his office generates from online auctions of unclaimed property -- but now, critics are raising questions about some of the items being hawked.

Most notably, a batch of Adolf Hitler stamps that sold for $85 in April and a Nazi cross that sold for $80 last month.

A copy of "Mein Kampf" was recently pulled from the state's Web site after a Sacramento TV station called attention to the Hitler manifesto.

The items are among the warehouses of valuables, which have gone unclaimed by their owners for more than three years, turned over to the state from safe deposit boxes.

What makes this especially interesting is that Westly himself was an eBay auction executive in 2000 when the online site -- heeding the call to ban hate material -- stopped accepting Nazi and Ku Klux Klan memorabilia.
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