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King refunds contributions linked to sex-offender

SANTA FE — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King says he’s returning $30,400 in contributions from companies affiliated with a wealthy financier who is a convicted sex offender in Florida.

King said in a statement Tuesday his campaign fundraising staff missed the connection between the contributions and Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 in Florida to a charge of soliciting prostitution. Epstein served just over a year in jail.

King’s campaign received $30,400 contributions from five companies with a Virgin Islands address listed by Epstein on a New York sex offender registry, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported ( ).

Epstein owns a ranch near Stanley and bought the land from King’s family two decades ago.

In 2006, King and other New Mexico candidates gave to charities or returned Epstein contributions.

Here is a link to a 2006 Albuquerque Journal story on campaign contributions from Jeffrey Epstein.