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Exhibit 34: RYO Bill Comes Up, Aresimowicz Texts Soucy

by | May 26, 2013 3:11am () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Smoke Shop Investigation, Aresimowicz, Evidence

Government Exhibit 34
APRIL 3, 2012: Inside a Finance committee meeting, Assist. Majority Leader Aresimowicz discovers that there was to be activity on the RYO legislation. He then appears to participate in the scheme by sending a text message to Harry “Ray” Soucy to let him know. 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.

Soucy answers Aresimowicz and says “need to stop that,” but Aresimowicz says he can’t because it’s “already written into the agenda.” Soucy responds by again notifying Aresimowicz that he “[took] care of [Chris Donovan] hope it dies.” Aresimowicz responds by applying pressure, asking Soucy why AFSCME Local 387 gave $500 to Rep. Jeff Berger, Aresimowicz’s opponent in the race for House Majority Leader.

Soucy responds by saying Donovan received “10 large” and that it wasn’t his call on the money for Berger. He then mentions that the RYO court decision is still on appeal and asks Aresimowicz whether the legislature generally avoids taking action while an issue is before the court - perhaps offering a suggestion on how Aresimowicz might kill the bill. But he doesn’t get an immediate response before asking again if there’s “any way to kill it.”

Aresimowicz tells Soucy that the bill passed and voting was to be open until 3 p.m., “but it is pretty over in here. I will talk to Chris.”

Soucy lets Aresimowicz know that delivery of another group of checks totaling $5,000 was being arranged for Nassi, to which Aresimowicz replies: “Then we will fix it when Chris let’s me know.” Soucy then suggests that if Aresimowicz can “fix” then he’ll increase the donation to “10 large.”


TRANSCRIPT:

JA: You cigarette folks are being called manufacturers in Finance today.

HRS: need to stop that

JA: Can’t already written into the agenda

HRS: can u talk

JA: No in committee

HRS: tool care of cd hope it dies

JA: ?

JA: Why did 387 give Berger $500 last year?

HRS: Chris d got 10 large

JA: I know.

HRS: not my call on Berger that was before Secbac mow they want to talk to everyone before giving cash

JA: I didn’t even know. One of my supporters just showed me his report.

HRS: what is it looking like in committee judge ruled against state in court still under appeal dont u giys stay out of stuff on court

HRS: any way to kill it

HRS: are the d’s passing it

JA: R voted no D’s voted yes

JA: It passed voted will close at 3 but it is pretty over in here.

JA: I will talk to Chris.

HRS: have another meeting with his guy next week maybe

JA: You?

HRS: and guy with cks 5 large more set it up with Josh today

JA: Then we will fix it when Chris let’s me know

HRS: of u fix I will jump ot to

HRS: 10 large

HRS: u know I dont bullshit

JA: I know

JA: Just tough I don’t think he knew it was out there cuz it was JF language

HRS: will have tj take care of u too

JA: Not needed

HRS: u got pacs

HRS: always needed

HRS: send me bill # so i can read it

Provided as evidence by federal prosecutors in the trial of Robert Braddock Jr.

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