Lt. Gov. Tim Murray responds to illegal campaign contribution allegations

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January 25, 2013, 7:14 pm
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(NECN: Katelyn Tivnan) - Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray says he called for the investigation after suspicions he did not comply with campaign finance laws.

"When there were allegations McLaughlin was raising money from his employees and possibly tenants, I asked for the investigation," says Murray.

In a letter dated September of last year, state regulators asked the Attorney General to investigate the lieutenant governor and others who received donations from former Chelsea Housing Authority Director Michael McLaughlin.

McLaughlin is now facing federal charges.

Murray says if any funds are in his campaign account that shouldn't be there, he wants them returned.

"If there are people who were pressured to give my committee money, we want to make sure that money gets back to them and find out who they are," says Murray.

Murray announced last week he will not be making a run for governor. He also says he will no longer be actively fundraising, but donations are still being accepted to his committee.

Worcester's Frank Carroll is a longtime supporter of Murray and has donated to his campaigns as recently as last month.

According to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, Murray collected more than $150,000 in contributions between December and January.

Carroll says he would still make a donation despite the investigation.

"He's a solid individual not meant for nonsense and he has a lot of integrity," says Carroll.

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