Former Mass. Lt. Gov. Murray fined $80K for campaign violations

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August 29, 2013, 4:57 pm
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(NECN) - Former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and his campaign committee have agreed to pay an $80,000 fine for violations.

The fine settles allegations that he accepted illegally solicited contributions.

Attorney General Martha Coakley claims the money was solicited by former Chelsea Housing Authority Director Michael McLaughlin and another state official.

Murray has released a statement on the matter. He says he never asked McLaughlin to solicit funds, but in a statement he says: "Mr. McLaughlin's behavior does not change the fact that I am ultimately responsible for administrative oversights made by my committee."

Murray will not face criminal charges.

But on Thursday, McLaughlin was indicted for allegedly soliciting the contributions from state workers for not only Murray's campaign but others as well.
     
This is the latest legal trouble for McLaughlin. Earlier this year, he was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to hiding his inflated salary from authorities.

Tags: Tim Murray, Michael McLaughlin, Attorney General Martha Coakley, massachusetts lt. governor, campaign violations, chelsea housing authority director
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