DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top aide to Democratic presidential candidate in Iowa has privately offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for endorsing his bid, according to multiple people with direct knowledge of the conversations.

The overtures from Pat Murphy, a former state House speaker who is serving as a top adviser on Steyer’s Iowa campaign, aren’t illegal — though payments for endorsements would violate campaign finance laws if not disclosed. There’s no evidence that any Iowans accepted the offer or received contributions from Steyer’s campaign as compensation for their backing.

But the proposals could revive criticism that the is trying to buy his way into the White House. Several state lawmakers and political candidates said they

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