Lawyers with a New Mexico firm that has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from contracts with the state are among the top contributors to Gov. Bill Richardson's presidential campaign.
Lawyers with the firm of Sutin, Thayer and Browne have donated $36,465 to Richardson's campaign.
The firm has received at least $750,000 from the state for providing legal services to the Richardson administration under two contracts since mid-2005.
A number of large donors to Richardson's campaign do business with state government or have an interest in legislation, and a critic says that creates the appearance of favoritism.
However, Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for the governor, said Richardson "had no role with any contract that the Sutin law firm has with the state."