A Republican demand that New York Democratic Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s gubernatorial campaign return a contribution from a former Aon brokerage executive is hypocritical, a spokesman for the campaign contends.

The demand was made by New York State Republican Chairman Stephen Minarik. It came after The New York Post, a conservative tabloid, reported that Richard Ferrucci of Garden City, N.Y., a former senior vice president at Aon, donated $25,000 three days before the brokerage reached a $190 million settlement with his office. Mr. Spitzer had investigated Aon for allegedly taking kickbacks in the form of contingency fees to rig bids on commercial insurance.

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