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ProgressNow New Mexico has uncovered documents showing that former-congresswoman and current US Senate candidate Heather Wilson has been named in a “pay-to-play” investigation being conducted by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.


You might remember way back in 2008 when news reports questioned the use of federal grants earmarked by Wilson to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department that ended up at a company owned by Wilson campaign donors.


Now, ProgressNow New Mexico has learned that New Mexico’s Attorney General has been conducting an investigation and both Heather Wilson and then-sheriff Darren White were called in for questioning.


The Albuquerque Journal and others reported on the story in 2011 but never fully explored the extent of the scandal. We did.


Our investigation reveals that donors connected to that Albuquerque company and two other associated companies gave Wilson more than $20,000 in campaign contributions and received more than $6 million in federal and contacts and grants, like the one earmarked to BCSO.


This story is just unfolding, but we wanted our supporters to be the first to know.


And, you can help us continue to dig.


 Your donation of $20, $50 or more helps covers the cost to obtain and sort through more than 7 years of records relating to this case.


We’ve posted copies of the Attorney General’s letters to Wilson and White on our new micro-site – and be sure to follow us on Twitter for instant alerts as we release more documents in this unfolding story. 


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