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12/28/2012 11:11 am ET Updated Dec 28, 2012

Kenneth Barfield, A Former David Dewhurst Aide, Accused Of Stealing Campaign Funds

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) is accusing his former campaign manager of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars, The Dallas Morning News reported Friday.

Dewhurst's campaign said Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield, a supporter since 1998, stole at least $600,000 while managing Dewhurst's campaigns, including his 2010 reelection and his unsuccessful 2012 run for Senate. Dewhurst's campaign committee has since filed amended finance reports on many of his past races.

Barfield is accused of taking money from Dewhurt's campaign funds since 2008, according to the Morning News:

After Dewhurst and his top aides confronted him, Barfield offered to repay the money — but was unable to do so, one campaign official said. Officials then alerted the Travis County district attorney’s office on Dec. 20, asked for an investigation and submitted revised reports to the ethics commission....

Rob Johnson, a spokesman for the lieutenant governor, said Thursday that Dewhurst was “shocked and dismayed that a former senior trusted adviser would steal from the campaign account for his own personal gain. The proper authorities have been contacted and we will work with them and trust that the matter will be handled appropriately.”

Dewhurst lost to Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz in the Republican primary to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas).

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