AP Exclusive: Gregg had stake in, won aid for base

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Judd Gregg is saying again that his decision to turn down the commerce secretary job was "solely due to differences in political ideology" with the Obama administration.

And he says, "To somehow imply anything else is totally false."

The statement from the New Hampshire Republican follows an Associated Press investigation, which found that Gregg steered taxpayer money to the redevelopment of a former Air Force base as he and his brother made real estate deals there.

The investigation found Gregg personally invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in Cyrus Gregg's office projects at the former Pease Air Force Base, and helped arrange at least $66 million in federal aid.

Gregg says he violated no laws or Senate rules.

But his activity would have been difficult to square with the Obama administration's promise of greater transparency and integrity regarding funding for lawmakers' pet projects.

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