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Lawyers: Feds investigate Richardson fundraising

Defense attorneys: Federal probe looking at possible campaign violations by ex-Gov. Richardson By The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) ' The Albuquerque Journal reports a federal grand jury is investigating whether former Gov. Bill Richardson violated campaign finance laws during his unsuccessful bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination by raising money to settle a threatened lawsuit by a woman who worked in state government.

The newspaper attributed its report Wednesday ( to unnamed lawyers who said the grand jury has been hearing testimony in Albuquerque since at least September.

A defense attorney familiar with parts of the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press the federal probe is looking into whether Richardson supporters gave money to settle a threatened sexual harassment lawsuit against the governor.

A Richardson spokesman did not immediately respond to telephone and email requests for comment. The U.S. Attorney's office declined comment.

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