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Former Mass. LG fined for campaign violations

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Former Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, along with his campaign committee, has agreed to pay a total of $80,000 to settle allegations that he accepted illegal contributions from the former head of the Chelsea Housing Authority.

The agreement was announced Thursday by Attorney General Martha Coakley and the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

Murray, who stepped down as lieutenant governor earlier this year, now heads the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

State investigators said Michael McLaughlin, who was sentenced last month to three years in prison on unrelated federal charges, allegedly engaged in illegal fundraising for Murray's campaign committee.

Murray agreed to refund the $50,000 in illegal contributions and pay a civil penalty of $30,000, including $10,000 from his personal funds. The penalty must be paid within two weeks.

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