1. Corruption

    Bill Richardson Affair Under Investigation

    FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2010 file photo, Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico, speaks with journalists in Havana, Cuba.  The whiff of scandal cost  Richardson a job in President Barack Obama’s administration. Now, the former New Mexico governor’s reputation and political legacy are threatened again because of federal and state investigations into separate pay-to-play schemes, including allegations that campaign contributions influenced his appointment of judges. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)

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    John Edwards may not have been the only 2008 Democratic candidate for president who misbehaved. A federal grand jury is investigating former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson for campaign-finance violations from his 2008 presidential run, including an allegation that he had supporters pay off a woman who said she and Richardson had an affair. According to The Wall Street Journal, the woman is a former member of Richardson’s inner circle who considered suing him until she was paid $250,000. The prosecution is arguing that the money amounted to a de facto campaign contribution, since it was meant to aid his presidential run. The jury’s decision is expected within weeks.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal