Richardson donor linked to Rendell

January 6, 2009 10:07:50 AM PST
A campaign donor who is the target of an federal investigation that forced New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to withdraw from consideration for U.S. Commerce secretary also gave generously to Gov. Ed Rendell's campaigns.

David Rubin gave $40,000 to Rendell's campaign committees between 2001 and 2005. His Beverly Hills, Calif.-based company, CDR Financial Products Inc., also continues to hold a $45,000-a-year contract as an adviser to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority.

A federal grand jury is probing state contracts in New Mexico to see whether they are related to $100,000 Rubin and his company gave to Richardson in 2003 and 2004.

Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo says questions about the contributions to the governor are "much ado about nothing."


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