Suit Challenges Donations To King

New Mexico – New Mexico Attorney General Gary King should be removed from pursuing a pay-to-play corruption case involving former Gov. Bill Richardson's administration because he received nearly $55,000 in campaign cash from the former governor.

That's what attorneys pursuing a similar case against New Mexico's State Investment Council claim in new court filings.

It's just the latest action questioning King's ability to pursue cases involving members of his own political party. Earlier this year, a judge ruled he could not pursue a fraud case involving former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron. He has also been accused of taking his time on the state investment case and one involving the Educational Retirement Board.

King has vowed not to back down from the cases. His spokesman told the Albuquerque Journal the claims are baseless.

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