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California: Commission investigating Secretary of State

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: California campaign-finance regulators are investigating whether Secretary of State Kevin Shelley illegally accepted a political donation in his government office from a contributor seeking help with a tax problem, The Chronicle has learned.

Investigators from the state Fair Political Practices Commission have met with at least one potential witness in the case, seeking details about a meeting in June 2003 between Shelley and the donor, and about how the campaign check was delivered, according to a person who was questioned. -- SACRAMENTO / Panel widening Shelley probe / State said to be looking into case of donor seeking favor