NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two of eight people charged in connection with illegal contributions made to the failed congressional campaign of former state House Speaker Christopher Donovan today pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges.
Joshua Nassi of Fairfield, Donovan’s former campaign manager, and Benjamin Hogan of Southington face up to five years in prison when they are sentenced in July.
The men were charged last summer with conspiring to hide the source of $27,500 in contributions to Donovan’s campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat last year through straw donors. Prosecutors say the money was aimed at killing state legislation to raise taxes on roll-your-own tobacco shops.
Donovan, who wasn’t charged, issued a statement saying he was saddened by Friday’s events and disappointed in Nassi.
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