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June 5, 2013

Exhibits 32-34, 36: RYO Bill Comes Up, Aresimowicz Texts Soucy, Sets Off A Flurry of Communication

by Doug Hardy | June 5, 2013 10:21am

APRIL 3, 2012: Inside a Finance committee meeting, Aresimowicz discovers that there is to be activity on the RYO legislation and appears to participate in the scheme by sending a text message (Exhibit 34) to warn Soucy. Bear in mind that Soucy has already used coded language in a previous telephone conversation to tell Aresimowicz how much money Chris Donovan received to let the RYO legislation die.

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June 3, 2013

Exhibit 60: Nassi Checks In With Jordan About Progress of RYO Language

by Doug Hardy | June 3, 2013 4:41pm

Government Exhibit 60

MAY 7, 2012: With only a few days left before the end of the legislative session May 9, Campaign Manager Josh Nassi texts Laura Jordan, Donovan’s chief of staff at the capital, asking whether any RYO legislation has found its way into the budget.

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Exhibit 54: Jordan Texts Nassi, Says RYO Is On Senate Calendar; Nassi: ‘OMG’

by Doug Hardy | June 3, 2013 2:34pm

Government Exhibit 54
MAY 1, 2012: At 6:58 p.m. EST, Laura Jordan, Donovan’s chief of staff at the capitol, sends a text message to Campaign Manager Josh Nassi to let him know that the Senate calendar includes the RYO legislation. However, the bill never comes up for a vote, and that leaves unanswered questions.

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Exhibit 111: The Campaign’s Most Important Fundraising Deadline To Date; Braddock Pockets Some Cash

by Doug Hardy | June 3, 2013 1:45pm

APRIL 24, 2012: The $2,500 replacement check for the one that bounced arrives in an envelope accompanied by $100 in cash to cover the bounced check fee and also as an apology.

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June 2, 2013

FBI Undercover Agent Provides $11,000 to Soucy

by Doug Hardy | June 2, 2013 4:06pm

APRIL 4, 2012: According to the Braddock indictment, Soucy met in Connecticut with the FBI undercover agent posing as John Kelly, whom he believes to be a hedgefund manager looking to invest in RYO smoke shops.

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June 1, 2013

Exhibit 104: Donovan Campaign Files Year-End Report

by Doug Hardy | June 1, 2013 3:03am

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Chris Donovan and Elizabeth Esty (CTNewsJunkie File Photos)

JAN. 31, 2012: Chris Donovan’s campaign finished the previous quarter having raised $204,699.70 for a total to date of $708,144.25, including $10,000 so far from the smoke shop group. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Esty’s campaign raised $176,411.56 for the quarter, but was ahead overall at $800.218.09. See their finance summaries.

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May 31, 2013

Exhibits 100a, 100b, 124a, 201a: Soucy Delivers 1st Conduit Payment to Donovan Campaign

by Doug Hardy | May 31, 2013 2:03am

Government Exhibit 201a

NOV. 15, 2011: Harry “Ray” Soucy, Paul Rogers, and George Tirado attend a Chris Donovan campaign fundraiser at City Hall Café in Waterbury, where court testimony shows that a key conversation takes place on the sidewalk outside of the Café between Soucy, Rogers, and Robert Braddock Jr., Donovan’s campaign finance director.

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Exhibit 125: One Investigation Leads To Another: Soucy Pitches Plan with Informant Present

by Doug Hardy | May 31, 2013 12:48am

NOV. 2, 2011: Patrick Castagna, a part owner in some Connecticut smoke shops, is present for a meeting with Waterbury shop owners Paul Rogers, Ben Hogan, George Tirado, and retired correction officer Dave “Buffalo” Moffa (pictured at left), who called Harry “Ray” Soucy, a fellow correction officer with political connections. Moffa was linked to the group through Rogers, who - according to a sentencing document filed later - also ran a gambling operation aside from the smoke shop. According to the sentencing document, Moffa accepted bets and handled some collection activities for Rogers.

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May 30, 2013

Exhibits 200a & 200d: Smoke House Tobacco Opens on Meriden Road in Waterbury

by Doug Hardy | May 30, 2013 11:52pm

Government Exhibit 200a
2011: Ben Hogan, Paul Rogers, Waterbury Police Officer George Tirado, Joe Dadonna, and Richard Chance open their shop with an initial investment of about $100,000.

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May 29, 2013

Exhibits 42-46 & 50: Check From Straw Donor Bounces, Sets Off Series of Angry Calls

by Doug Hardy | May 29, 2013 11:44am

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Government Exhibit 42 APRIL 23-24, 2012: On the day before a key campaign finance filing deadline, an email goes out to Sarah Waterfall, Chris Donovan, Robert Braddock Jr., Josh Nassi, and Patrick Smock notifying them that one of the donation checks had bounced. The $2,500 check was written by Dana Graziano on behalf of the smoke shop owners.

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