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Murray donors queried in probe

Chelsea workers tell of pressure to support lieutenant governor

Prosecutors from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office questioned two Chelsea Housing Authority employees under oath this week about their political connections to Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, part of an intensifying criminal investigation into whether the housing agency’s former director illegally turned the workplace into a political machine aimed at helping Murray win election.

The employees, who are maintenance workers, testified that they attended three fund-raisers for Murray, giving $100 each time and meeting the lieutenant governor. One of them, Robert Hamilton, also said that former housing boss Michael E. McLaughlin asked him and other employees to help get out the vote for Murray and Governor Deval Patrick on Election Day in 2010.

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