WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday charged Goldman, Sachs & Co. and one of its former investment bankers with "pay-to-play" violations involving undisclosed campaign contributions to then-Massachusetts state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill while he was a candidate for governor.

The SEC's order against Goldman Sachs says Neil M.M. Morrison was a vice president in the firm's Boston office and solicited underwriting business from the Massachusetts treasurer's office beginning in July 2008.  Morrison also was substantially engaged in working on Cahill's political campaigns from November 2008 to October 2010.  Morrison at times conducted campaign activities from the Goldman Sachs office during work hours and using the firm's phones and e-mail.

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