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Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday he is seeking the recovery of more than $500,000 and possibly millions more apparently illegally diverted into the General Fund from state specialty license plate funds benefiting wildlife conservation, animal population control and eight other causes.

Blumenthal wrote in a letter to Gov. M. Jodi Rell that transferring specialty license plate moneys into General Fund would violate state laws requiring donations be spent for the promised purpose. Motorists who obtain the specialty license plates pay an extra amount to benefit a specific cause.

Rell’s office said she will have her budget office investigate.

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