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Congressional Campaign Finance Director Guilty of Role in Illegal Contribution Scheme

Robert Braddock, the finance director of the 2012 congressional campaign of Christopher Donovan (D-CT-05), was found guilty yesterday by a federal Jury in New Haven, Connecticut. Braddock was found guilty of multiple campaign finance offenses directing illegal contributions to a federal campaign. View Department of Justice release.

At the time of the offenses Donovan was Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives which was considering smoke shop legislation. Paul Rogers, George Tirado, Harry Raymond Soucy, David Moffa and Benjamin Hogan engaged in a scheme to move contributions in the names of others to the Donovan campaign. Braddock was found guilty of one count of making false statements to the FEC and to defraud the U.S. by impeding the function of the FEC, one count of accepting more than $10,000 made by persons in the names of others, and count of causing a false report to be filed with the FEC. Soucy, Rogers, Nassi, Moffa, Tirado, Hogan and Monteiro have pleaded guilty to related charges to this scheme.

The Donovan for Congress disgorged $27,500 to the U.S. Marshall’s Service and in its 2013 first quarter report itemized each of the $2,500 contributions involved. Th Donovan campaign raised and spent $1.3 million in 2011-2012. Donovan lost the primary to Elizabeth Esty, who went on to win the general election.

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