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.
April 8, 2015
December 16, 2014
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.
February 3, 2014
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.
September 27, 2013
(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 16, 2013
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.
September 5, 2013
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.
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 3, 2013
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
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.
May 31, 2013
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.