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Trial Of Ex-Donovan Aide Starting Monday

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Robert Braddock, Jr., left, outside New Haven Federal Court following his arraignment on campaign finance-related charges. His attorney Frank Riccio the Second is at right. 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., left, outside New Haven Federal Court following his arraignment on campaign finance-related charges. His attorney Frank Riccio the Second is at right. 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) _ A trial is scheduled to start for a former aide to Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan charged in an alleged campaign finance scheme.

Robert Braddock Jr.’s trial starts Monday in federal court in New Haven.

Braddock was the finance director of Donovan’s failed congressional campaign last year. Prosecutors say Braddock and seven other defendants who have pleaded guilty were involved in a scheme that used straw donors to hide the source of nearly $28,000 in contributions to Donovan’s campaign.

Authorities say the money was aimed at killing state legislation to raise taxes on roll-your-own tobacco shops. Donovan wasn’t charged.

Braddock pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and campaign finance charges.

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