NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A federal jury has convicted a former aide to ex-Connecticut House Speaker Christopher Donovan in connection with illegal contributions to Donovan’s failed congressional campaign last year.
The jury in New Haven found Robert Braddock Jr. guilty of campaign finance and conspiracy charges Tuesday afternoon, only hours after hearing closing arguments. Sentencing was set for Aug. 13.
Braddock was the finance manager for Donovan’s failed campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat.
Prosecutors say Braddock and seven other co-defendants who pleaded guilty were involved in a scheme that funneled nearly $28,000 to Donovan’s campaign through straw donors.
Authorities say the scheme was aimed at getting Donovan to kill proposed legislation to raise taxes on roll-your-own cigarette shop owners.
Donovan wasn’t charged and insisted on his innocence outside the courthouse Tuesday.
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