Breaking News: Gov. Bill Richardson cleared in federal probe

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By Carol A. Clark

While no official statement has been issued, news spread at lightening speed overnight of Gov. Bill Richardson possibly being cleared in an investigation that’s dogged him for a solid year.

Richardson and former high-ranking members of his administration won’t be criminally charged,  said the Associated Press citing a person familiar with the investigation.

The federal investigation has focused on pay-to-play allegations involving California-based CDR Financial Products, one of the governor’s large political donors,

“I personally am not surprised,” said Los Alamos Democratic Party Chair Cathy Chapman during an interview this morning. “This is exactly what I expected to happen,” she said.

Chapman explained that similar allegations surfaced against the governor several years ago.

“They decided not to pursue it because it had no grounds so I was surprised to see the issue come back up,” Chapman said. “I’ve met Gov. Richardson on occasion and he’s warm and friendly. He asked me if our local party had enough money to cover expenses because the state party sometimes helps local parties. I told him we have enough to cover expenses because our members are very supportive in Los Alamos. I really appreciate that he was concerned about us and asked the question.”

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