The 2008 presidential campaign of Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico, is currently under investigation by a federal grand jury for suspected campaign-finance violations.
As details of the case came to light, so too did the allegation that Richardson, 64, had his supporters pay off a woman claiming he had an affair. Prosecutors claim the $250,000 pay off basically amounts to a campaign contribution, as it was meant to aid his run for the Oval Office, and since it was not reported, he violates campaign finance law.
The woman at the center of the case claims Richardson had an extra-marital affair with her. In 2007, she considered suing him, but chose not to after receiving the money.
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