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.
Smoke Shop Investigation
August 27, 2013
August 19, 2013
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.
August 9, 2013
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.
June 12, 2013
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.
June 11, 2013
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.
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.
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.
June 4, 2013
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.
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 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.”