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Cohen abandons race after funds disappear

Five days after [New Hampshire] state Sen. Burt Cohen dropped out of the U.S. Senate race, the whereabouts of his former campaign manager remain unknown, as does the scope of financial discrepancies between Cohen's federal campaign reports and his campaign bank account, according to Cohen's lawyer.

The senator must make an accurate accounting of the campaign's finances for the first quarter of 2004 to the Federal Election Commission by June 24 or the FEC may audit or take other enforcement action against the campaign, according to a May 25 letter from the FEC to the Cohen campaign.

Meanwhile, a prosecutor with the U.S. attorney's office in Concord would neither confirm nor deny whether law-enforcement officials are investigating the matter. -- Cohen's funds under scrutiny (Portsmouth Herald)