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April 8, 2015

Former Speaker Looks To Retire Campaign Debt With Fundraiser

by Christine Stuart | April 8, 2015 5:30am

Christine Stuart file photo Former House Speaker Chris Donovan landed a job with the Connecticut Education Association at the end of 2014, and now he is trying to retire the debt from his unsuccessful 2012 congressional bid.

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December 16, 2014

Donovan Lands Job With CEA

by Christine Stuart | December 16, 2014 6:30am

CTNJ file photo Former Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, who has struggled to find employment since losing a 2012 Congressional primary to U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, has landed a job with the Connecticut Education Association.

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February 3, 2014

Feds Tell Donovan The Case Is Closed

by Staff Report | February 3, 2014 5:42pm

Hugh McQuaid file photo Federal prosecutors do not plan to charge former House Speaker Chris Donovan in the 2012 campaign corruption case that dashed his congressional candidacy and has two of his former staffers serving prison terms.

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September 27, 2013

OP-ED | Failing The Smell Test In Hartford

by Terry Cowgill | September 27, 2013 5:29am

(UPDATED Sept. 29) Connecticut is a land of paradoxes. On the one hand, while some are trying to make secrecy the norm again, we still have some of the strongest freedom-of-information and open-government laws in the country. On the other hand, our state is sometimes run like a third-world country, replete with enough graft and chicanery to make Boss Tweed blush.

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September 16, 2013

Prosecutors Say Evidence Points to Donovan Understanding Scheme

by Hugh McQuaid | September 16, 2013 5:30am

Christine Stuart file photo In recommending a prison sentence for his former campaign manager, prosecutors say the evidence makes it “plain” that former House Speaker Chris Donovan understood the scheme to trade campaign contributions for legislative influence.

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September 5, 2013

Two More Sentenced In Donovan Campaign Finance Scandal

by Christine Stuart | September 5, 2013 5:30am

A Waterbury police detective who co-owned a smoke shop was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison for his role in a scheme to direct illegal congressional campaign donations to former House Speaker Chris Donovan.

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June 5, 2013

Where There’s Smoke: Investigators Uncover A Culture of Corruption at the CT Capitol

by Doug Hardy | June 5, 2013 10:30am

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On Nov. 2, 2011, federal investigators were made aware of a conspiracy to influence a key state legislator in an effort to preserve a tax loophole for smoke shops using roll-your-own tobacco machines in Connecticut. CTNewsJunkie has provided all the pertinent evidence from the corruption trial of Robert Braddock Jr. in an easy format where you can read, listen, or watch it in chronological order.

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June 3, 2013

Exhibit 66: Soucy Approaches Donovan At Nominating Convention

by Doug Hardy | June 3, 2013 8:59pm


MAY 14, 2012: During the convention at the Rotella Magnet School in Waterbury, Soucy is wearing a hidden camera as he thanks Donovan for killing the bill, which Donovan denies

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Exhibits 56a-59a: Soucy Makes Recorded Calls to Nassi, Donovan

by Doug Hardy | June 3, 2013 3:12pm


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MAY 2-3, 2012: In an effort to cooperate with federal prosecutors, Harry “Ray” Soucy makes calls to both Josh Nassi and Chris Donovan. He shares with Nassi that he’s had a heart attack, and uses the health issue to apply pressure to Nassi to get him to confirm Donovan’s support for the defeat of the RYO legislation.

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May 31, 2013

Exhibit 3: Breakfast Meeting at Huxley’s in Meriden

by Doug Hardy | May 31, 2013 2:31am

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Government Exhibit 3: Recording of entire morning:

NOV. 16, 2011: During a pre-meeting discussion, Harry “Ray” Soucy tells Patrick Castagna and George Tirado that he already has spoken with Robert Braddock, Chris Donovan, and Campaign Manager Josh Nassi, and that they know the plan.

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