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Donor tied to Richardson contributed to Obama

| Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009

WASHINGTON -- A prominent businessman caught up in a grand jury probe whose political donations ended any role for New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in the Obama administration also was a generous contributor in support of the president-elect.

David Rubin gave $26,200 to the Democratic Party on Sept. 19 and $2,300 to Barack Obama's campaign on Sept. 30, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. Last February, Rubin gave another $1,000 to Obama's campaign.

Rubin and his company donated $100,000 in 2003-2004 to the political committees of Richardson.

On Sept. 17, two days before the donation to the DNC, Rubin was on a list of participants in an $11 million Hollywood fundraiser on behalf of Obama, which also included numerous celebrities.

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