Regulators have asked the Attorney General’s office to look into the political finance activities of Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and several campaign staffers after finding evidence that the campaign took illegal contributions from former Chelsea Housing Authority director Michael McLaughlin.
Michael Sullivan, The Office of Campaign and Political Finance Director, allegedly sent a letter to Attorny General Martha Coakly's office in September indicating that his office had uncovered evidence that campaign finance regulations were in fact broken by the Lt. Governor, and further investigation was needed. The letter named Murray and several key staff members, along with Mclaughlin as having appeared to have violated campaign rules
“The evidence also indicates that McLaughlin, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray and the Citizens Committee to Elect Tim Murray did not comply with” campaign finance laws governing the solicitation or receipt of contributions, the State House News Service reported that Sullivan wrote in his letter.
On Wednesday, the Attorney General, Martha Coakley had received this information, and said she would continue the investigation, which began in September.
In the past, Murray's professional relationship with McLaughlin came under scrutiny. Most recently, McLaughlin was forced to resign from his post in the housing authority after coming under fire for his $360,000 salary.
In a statement issued to NECN, Murray’s campaign denied any wrongdoing and appeared to claimed the evidence reportedly mentioned in that letter was not enough to produce any kind of charges.