Chris Donovan Scandal

  • Chris Donovan’s finance director arrested by feds, campaign manager fired

    The finance director for 5th Congressional District candidate Chris Donovan has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with “conspiracy to conceal the source of contributions to the campaign of a candidate for the United States House of Representatives,” federal authorities said in a statement.
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  • Help Wanted: Chris Donovan for Congress seeks new finance director

    With Robert Braddock Jr. fired from Chris Donovan’s Congressional campaign following his arrest, he’s actively seeking a new finance director. Tom Swan, the campaign director hired after Joshua Nassi was fired, along with Braddock, said that while Donovan will be involved in the process, Swan’s doing the hiring.
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  • Chris Donovan hires lawyer, cooperating with FBI probe into 5th District campaign finance scandal

    Chris Donovan will relinquish his role as state House speaker to Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey for the purposes of the upcoming special legislative session, but will remain in the office of speaker of the house, and on the campaign trail.
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  • Union official, state worker ID'd as central figure in Donovan probe

    A politically active state correction officer and labor union official – Ray Soucy of Naugatuck – has been identified as a central figure in the federal investigation that led to the arrest Wednesday of state House Speaker Christopher Donovan's congressional campaign finance director, The Courant has learned.
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  • Roll-your-own cigarette bill at center of 5th District campaign finance scandal

    The FBI investigation into 5th Congressional District candidate Speaker of the House Chris Donovan’s campaign is centered around a piece of legislation that would have categorized roll-your-own tobacco shops that use rolling machines as cigarette manufacturers.
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  • 5th District candidate Chris Donovan will stay as speaker of the House

    Chris Donovan will relinquish his role as state House speaker to Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey for the upcoming special session, but will remain in the office of speaker of the House, and on the campaign trail.
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  • Federal investigation into Chris Donovan campaign donations widens

    Ctnewsjunkie reports: “The federal investigation into House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign widened Friday evening to include House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero’s office.”
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  • Gov. Malloy speaks frankly about Chris Donovan campaign scandal at fundraiser

    WESTPORT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called Saturday for state House Speaker Chris Donovan to speak to the public “sooner rather than later” concerning the allegation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office that Donovan’s finance director sought to hide the source of $10,000 in donations to his 5th District congressional campaign.
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  • 5th District candidate Chris Donovan insists: 'I have done nothing wrong'

    MERIDEN — An embattled Democratic Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan Sunday said he was “sickened” by the allegations against his 5th District congressional campaign staffers but he asserted, “I have done nothing wrong.”
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  • Chris Donovan says he will stay in race for 5th District seat

    Chris Donovan says he will stay in race for 5th District seat
    Chris Donovan, a candidate for the 5th District Congressional seat, made a statement at 6:30 p.m. today outside his Meriden campaign headquarters. The statement comes three days after Donovan’s campaign finance director, Robert Braddock Jr., was arrested on federal campaign finance violation charges. In addition to live tweeting, My Left Nutmeg ran a livestream of the news event and that video is below.
    [Read the full story here.](ct5thdistrict.registercitizen.com/2012/06/03/live-blog-coverage-of-5th-district-candidate-chris-donovans-statement-sunday/)
  • State Democratic Party returns check tied to Chris Donovan campaign finance investigation

    The Democratic State Central Committee has returned a check to a Wolcott man it believes is one of eight alleged illegal “conduit” contributions written to benefit a 5th District Congressional candidate.
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  • Sidelined Chris Donovan calls special session ‘a usual day’ despite 5th District scandal

    The press asked Donovan how members of the caucus on Tuesday reacted to him given the arrest of Braddock, which happened after they were out of session.
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  • Chris Donovan contradicts himself on when he learned of FBI investigation

    Chris Donovan has contradicted himself on when he found out about the FBI corruption and campaign finance investigation that led to the arrest of his finance director, Robert Braddock Jr.
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  • FBI probe has little impact on Republican primary

    CT News Junkie reports: “Over the past two weeks ‘everybody has been talking about’ the FBI’s undercover sting operation and the arrest of House Speaker Chris Donovan’s former congressional finance director, Sen. Andrew Roraback, said during a recent interview.
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  • Dan Roberti seeks ethics reform in wake of Donovan campaign and John Rowland investigations

    Democratic 5th Congressional District candidate Dan Roberti has issued a series of three ethics proposals he hopes would curb ethical violations in congressional campaigns, though they could affect his own campaign as well, a possibility he said he welcomes.
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  • Probable cause hearing on 5th District campaign finance director arrest postponed

    HARTFORD — Robert Braddock, Christopher Donovan’s former campaign finance director, has agreed to put off his probable cause hearing on charges of concealing the identity of donors to Donovan’s 5th District congressional race.
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  • Will voters see polling data on 5th District race before the primary?

    There’s at least one active poll being conducted in Connecticut’s 5th District right now that is focusing on the FBI investigation into Chris Donovan‘s congressional campaign, but it’s not clear if voters and the media will ever hear the results.
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  • Twardy report on Chris Donovan campaign wrongdoing may be delivered Thursday

    The results from the Chris Donovan 5th District Congress campaign’s internal investigation into possible campaign finance irregularities have not yet been received, according to a campaign spokesman, but they may be released as early as Thursday.
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  • Chris Murphy ‘heartsick’ over Chris Donovan campaign scandal

    Senatorial candidate and 5th District Congressman Chris Murphy said Monday that he was “heartsick” when he heard that a campaign employee of Democratic candidate Chris Donovan had been arrested.
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  • Donovan speaking to media, but still won’t answer questions about scandal

    Chris Donovan will be available to the press at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Meriden’s Hubbard Park, and while he will speak about the internal investigation into possibly illegal campaign finance activity at his campaign that cleared him of any wrongdoing, he will not speak about the ongoing federal investigation, according to a campaign spokesman.
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  • Chris Donovan had no knowledge of alleged campaign wrongdoing, Twardy report says

    Acknowledging the “limited” scope of his investigation, a lawyer hired to conduct an internal investigation into Chris Donovan’s campaign exonerated the state House speaker and 5th District congressional candidate, granting there may be “holes” in the investigation.
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  • U.S. attorney investigating Donovan is son of Twardy law partner

    It’s a small, small world. Stan Twardy, former U.S. Attorney, released the findings Thursday of an internal investigation into Chris Donovan’s Congressional campaign, clearing the state house speaker of being involved in an alleged plot to hide the sources of $20,000 in campaign donations.
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