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Former Donovan Aide Arraigned On Campaign Finance Charges

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Robert Braddock, Jr. outside New Haven Federal Court following his arraignment on campaign finance-related charges. The charges relate to Braddock's work for congressional candidate and Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Robert Braddock, Jr. outside New Haven Federal Court following his arraignment on campaign finance-related charges. The charges relate to Braddock’s work for congressional candidate and Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Daniel Roberti, one of House Speaker Chris Donovan’s two Democratic rivals in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District primary, is calling on him to withdraw from the race.

Roberti made the demand on Thursday, the same day Donovan’s former finance director, Robert Braddock Jr., pleaded not guilty to three charges stemming from what authorities call a scheme to hide the source of $27,500 in campaign contributions.

A message left with Donovan’s campaign was not immediately returned.

Roberti accused Donovan of “hiding behind lawyers” and never explaining how members of his campaign allegedly arranged conduit campaign contributions without his knowledge. He said “new revelations” in Braddock’s indictment show Donovan was “just a breath away from the questionable activities of his staff.”

The 33-year-old Braddock was arranged in U.S. District Court in New Haven.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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