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Smoke Shop Investigation

August 27, 2013

Former Fundraiser Gets 38 Months In Prison For Role In Corruption Scheme

by Hugh McQuaid | Aug 27, 2013 6:51pm
Posted to: Congress | Courts | Election 2012 | Town News | New Haven | Legal | Smoke Shop Investigation

Hugh McQuaid photo A federal court judge Tuesday sentenced the former campaign finance director to Chris Donovan’s unsuccessful congressional campaign to more than three years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to hide the source of campaign donations.

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August 19, 2013

Federal Prosecutors: Conspiracy Was ‘An Affront To Our Most Fundamental Democratic Principles’

by Christine Stuart | Aug 19, 2013 5:29am
Posted to: Courts | Election 2012 | Legal | Smoke Shop Investigation

Hugh McQuaid file photo Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Chris Donovan’s former campaign finance director to between three and four years in prison for his role in concealing the identity of campaign contributors, according to recently filed court documents.

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August 9, 2013

Braddock’s Lawyer Asks For No Jail Time

by Hugh McQuaid | Aug 9, 2013 2:32pm
Posted to: Legal | Smoke Shop Investigation

Hugh McQuaid File Photo A lawyer for Robert Braddock, Jr. asked a federal court judge this week not to impose a prison sentence on his recently-convicted client, citing recorded evidence not presented to the jury during his May trial.

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June 12, 2013

Former Correction Officer Gets 2 Years For Role In Corruption Scheme

by Hugh McQuaid | Jun 12, 2013 5:24pm
Posted to: Courts | Labor | Legal | Smoke Shop Investigation

File photo by Peter Casolino/New Haven Register NEW HAVEN — A federal court judge handed down a two-year prison sentence Wednesday to the first of eight men convicted of campaign finance corruption involving former House Speaker Chris Donovan’s failed congressional campaign.

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June 11, 2013

Braddock’s Attorney Had Planned to Call Sharkey

by Christine Stuart | Jun 11, 2013 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | Courts | Legal | Smoke Shop Investigation | State Capitol

Christine Stuart file photo Robert Braddock Jr.’s defense attorney had planned on asking Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey to testify in the corruption case against his client, but the issue became moot when he decided not to call any witnesses to the stand.

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June 5, 2013

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

by Doug Hardy | Jun 5, 2013 10:30am
Posted to: Opinion | Smoke Shop Investigation | Aresimowicz | Cafero | Donovan

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

by Doug Hardy | Jun 5, 2013 10:21am
Posted to: Smoke Shop Investigation | Aresimowicz | Evidence

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 4, 2013

Senate Punches Back At Citizens United; Advocates Say More Money Is Not The Answer

by Hugh McQuaid | Jun 4, 2013 12:51am
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Election 2014 | Election Policy | Smoke Shop Investigation | State Capitol

Christine Stuart photo The Senate gave final passage early Tuesday morning to a bill redefining the state’s public campaign financing system in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

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June 3, 2013

Exhibit 66: Soucy Approaches Donovan At Nominating Convention

by Doug Hardy | Jun 3, 2013 8:59pm
Posted to: Smoke Shop Investigation | Donovan | Video Evidence


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 61-65: Nassi Lets Soucy Know RYO Bill Is Dead & He’s Ready to Collect Another $10k

by Doug Hardy | Jun 3, 2013 6:44pm
Posted to: Smoke Shop Investigation | Audio Evidence

MAY 8, 2012: In Exhibit 61, Soucy calls Nassi on the day before the final day of the session, checking in about the progress of the RYO legislation. Nassi lets him know that it looks like RYO is dead, but he confirms that Donovan is on board, and “we’ve been sending the message that the bill is dead.”

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