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Richardson withdraws over N.M. inquiry

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has withdrawn his name from consideration as secretary of commerce, “citing an ongoing federal ‘pay-to-play’ investigation involving one of his political donors as a significant obstacle to his confirmation,” the Washington Post reports.

“The New Mexico investigation, which began last summer, focuses on whether Richardson’s office urged a state agency to hire a California firm as a result of generous contributions from the company and its president to political action committees established by the governor,” the Post says.

Richardson said that he and his staff “have acted properly in all matters.” For more information, see the Post story here.

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