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UPDATE (5:35 p.m.): Scott Ferson, campaign manager for Lt. Gov. Murray, released a statement: "On January 23, 2012 the Lieutenant Governor asked OCPF to investigate Michael McLaughlin regarding alleged improprieties he may have engaged in relative to the Citizens Committee to Elect Tim Murray. Since that time we have cooperated fully and answered all questions. The Murray Committee never authorized Michael McLaughlin to do any fundraising on its behalf. Neither the media nor any regulatory agency has ever identified any fact indicating that the Murray Committee authorized McLaughlin to engage in this activity. We continue to fully cooperate with any authorities looking into this matter.
OCPF has not made a determination that the Murray Committee violated campaign finance laws. Reports that there are charges are incorrect."
(NECN) - Mass. state regulators are asking the Attorney General to investigate Lt. Governor Tim Murray after finding evidence of a campaign finance violation.
The Boston Globe reports that regulators say Murray did not comply with campaign finance laws by accepting political donations from the disgraced former Chelsea Housing Authority Director Michael McLoughlin.
The regulators are now calling for a criminal probe of Lt. Governor Murray and key members of his team.
Murray's office has responded with a statement, saying "The lieutenant governor asked for this investigation by OCPF and has fully cooperated and wants to get to the bottom of it. If somebody did something and a contribution should be returned we want to know that. What we know from yesterday is that Mike McLaughlin deceived a lot of people and no one is more upset by his behavior than the lieutenant governor."
Stay with NECN as this story develops.