NEW YORK (AP) -- A spokesman for the campaign of New York City Comptroller John Liu says about $20,000 in contributions have been returned after federal authorities began investigating the politician's fundraising.
George Arzt tells The New York Times in Thursday editions that "refunds are a standard process of campaign committees." And he says it has been the policy of Liu's campaign to refund any contribution "when a question is raised."
Earlier this month, a man who raised money for Liu surrendered to face charges he conspired to funnel illegal contributions amid an investigation of Liu's campaign finances.
The man's lawyer has declined to comment. Liu has said that if the charges are true, the "conduct was clearly wrong."
The comptroller has been considered a possible candidate for mayor in 2013.
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