Grand Jury Investigating Bill Richardson
Over allegations he used campaign funds to pay off mistress
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 1, 2011 8:03 AM CST
US former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson gives a press conference on September 9, 2011 at the Hotel Nacional in Havana.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A federal grand jury is looking into allegations that Bill Richardson violated campaign finance laws during his 2008 presidential run—most salaciously by having supporters pay off a woman who threatened to reveal an extramarital affair with the former New Mexico governor, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The sources add that several of Richardson’s closest associates have taken immunity deals to testify in the probe.

The sources say Richardson became romantically involved with a state employee in 2004, and that by 2007 she was considering suing him. So Richardson’s political allies allegedly gave her $250,000 to go away—which prosecutors argue is essentially an illegal, off-the-books campaign contribution, an argument that should be familiar to followers of the John Edwards saga. The grand jury is considering other allegations as well, including financial irregularities, and whether Richardson passed a controversial roads bill as a favor to a top donor.

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Dec 1, 2011 11:34 PM CST
Why this report? He's not running for the Republican Presidential nomination.
Dec 1, 2011 5:48 PM CST
Blleccch who'd fuck him?
Dec 1, 2011 1:13 PM CST
Ok, He's a Democrat, right? No mention in this article , Been looking for ( D) and (R) since H&C pointed that out, most times it's that way, all right. Hate when he is sometimes right on comment. LOL. Yep a Democrat. Only excuse , right or wrong , this is a left wing news group. It would be like complaining at a KKK site there's no blacks in any meeting photo's though, and go back weekly to make the same complaint. You shouldn't ask or expect a Scorpion not to be a Scorpion. That would be just stupid . Right. Well on TOA , great get him, get the Solyndra GEO on trial too. Some Wall street ones. or make new law so the top CEO's are responsible...NOW , no Partisan comments all working " for the people" , NOW...