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Criminal Investigation Sought into N.H. Senate Candidate Corky Messner's Foundation

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A former chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court has requested a criminal investigation into a charitable foundation run by Corky Messner, a Republican running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.

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The letter Mary Mullarkey and others sent to the Colorado secretary of state and attorney general accuses Messner of running a fraudulent foundation purported to help low-income college students.

It was spurred by a recent Washington Post article describing how the Messner Foundation awarded just one scholarship in its first 10 years.

Messner's campaign says the scholarship program did not formally begin until 2016 and that a second student recently was awarded funds.

- Holly Ramer, Associated Press

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