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Attorney general hopeful drops defense lawyer donation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic attorney general hopeful Susan Happ has given a campaign contribution to charity. The donation came from a defense attorney who brokered a plea deal with her office.

Happ works as Jefferson County’s district attorney. In March her office agreed to defer prosecuting an alleged child molester who bought Happ’s house before he was charged. Happ’s campaign has said one of her assistants made all the decisions in the case.

Campaign finance records show the suspect’s defense attorney, Daniel Fay, gave Happ’s campaign $750 in July. Happ’s campaign manager said Friday there’s nothing wrong with the contribution but Happ has decided to give that money to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

Happ faces Republican Brad Schimel in the Nov. 4 election.

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