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Indicted Hispanic labor coalition's political donations (updated)

Manhattan DA Cy Vance announced the indictment of the United Hispanic Construction Workers, Inc. earlier today. The organization's president and chief lieutenant were accused of extortion and forced hiring for 17 years.

So, of course, the first thought was, which politicians have they donated money to?

The only recent filings that popped up were from November 16, 2009. The organization gave two separate $500 donations. To whom? That would be New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's reelection campaign.

DiNapoli certainly received a lot more money from a lot of people. But his campaign was the only one the now-indicted group bothered to fund in recent memory, according to the state Board of Elections. Their last major donation before that appears to be during Mayor David Dinkins's 1989 bid.

Update: A spokesperson for the comptroller's office said that DiNapoli intends to return the money donated by the United Hispanic Construction Workers.