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The plot in the David Dewhurst campaign fund scandal continues to thicken.

The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday that the U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation into whether Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield, Dewhurst's former campaign manager, stole at least $1 million from the lieutenant governor's U.S. Senate campaign account. 

The new investigation comes about a month after Barfield was publicly accused of embezzling at least $600,000 from Dewhurst's state campaign account, for which he is now under investigation by the Travis County district attorney’s office.

The embezzlement figure for the ...

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