HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A seventh person has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with illegal contributions made to the failed congressional campaign of former Connecticut state House Speaker Christopher Donovan.

George Tirado of Wolcott pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to make false statements to the Federal Election Commission and to impede the Commission’s enforcement of federal campaign finance laws.

The charges stem from a scheme to use straw donors to hide the source of $27,500 in contributions to Donovan’s campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat least year.

Prosecutors say the money was aimed at killing state legislation to raises taxes on roll-your-own tobacco shops. Tirado was co-owner of a roll-your-own tobacco shop in Waterbury with Paul Rogers, who pleaded guilty earlier to charges related to the scheme.

Donovan was not charged and has denied knowing about the scheme.


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