Charges allege foreign funds funneled to 2 Nevada candidates

Adam Laxalt photo via MGN.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Prosecutors in New York allege that contributions to Republican candidates for Nevada governor and state attorney general in 2018 were attempts by businessmen with ties to President Donald Trump's lawyer and the Ukraine investigation to influence U.S. politics.

A failed bid to open a retail marijuana business in Nevada also is detailed in an indictment made public Thursday in federal court against four men, including two associates of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Records show donations of $10,000 each to Adam Laxalt, the former state attorney general who lost his bid for governor, and Wesley Duncan, who ran unsuccessfully for attorney general.

A Laxalt spokesman denies Laxalt knew the man making the donation.

Duncan's spokesman says Duncan refunded the contribution Thursday and had no idea the donor was acting unlawfully.

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