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Michael E. McLaughlin pleads not guilty to fund-raising charges

Disgraced former Chelsea housing chief Michael E. McLaughlin, who collected a kingly salary while neglecting the needs of his low-income tenants, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he violated campaign finance laws by raising money for former lieutenant governor Timothy P. Murray.

McLaughlin, 67, was legally barred from political fund-raising while he was housing director, but a Globe investigation last year identified at least three fund-raising events at which McLaughlin appeared to be collecting money for Murray’s campaign. In all, a grand jury indicted McLaughlin on 12 counts of illegal fund-raising, nine of them in connection with Murray.

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