Then, months later, a $400,000 gift from Seaspray Partners LLC turned out to be a fund connected with Boston-based Hellman Jordan Management. The AP pressed executives at the firm repeatedly before they revealed that a couple — some of Romney's fundraisers — received the $400,000 sum as part of an unspecified investment disbursement; the pair asked Hellman Jordan to give it directly to the super PAC instead of sending it to their personal checking account.
Associated Press writers Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tenn., and Gary Fineout in Tallahassee, Fla., contributed reporting.
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