(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.
September 27, 2013
June 5, 2013
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.
June 1, 2013
MARCH 14, 2012: Patrick Castagna, Paul Rogers, and Harry “Ray” Soucy visit the office of House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, to give him an illegal $5,000 cash contribution for his leadership PAC, and the meeting is captured by the FBI’s hidden camera.
June 2, 2012
(Updated 11 p.m.) The federal investigation into House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign also included donations to Republican political action committees under the purview of House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero’s office.