NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are objecting to an effort by former Connecticut Gov. John R.Rowland seeking the dismissal of charges that he tried to create secret consultant roles with two congressional campaigns.
Prosecutors in court papers filed late Monday reject Rowland’s arguments that the contracts were legitimate. They say the contracts were designed to hide his role in the campaigns by claiming he was working for a candidate’s animal center and a nursing home run by another candidate’s husband.
Rowland’s attorney has said the contract involving the animal center described wide-ranging and open-ended obligations and says it was an unsigned, unexecuted draft contract in which no work was performed and no payments were made.
Prosecutors say Rowland actually used the proposed contract to try to mislead them and stop the investigation.
Rowland has also argued the charges should be dismissed because they fail to accuse him of involvement in the alleged failure by one of the campaigns to disclose the payment. Prosecutors accuse Rowland of knowingly causing false information to be submitted to the Federal Election Commission.
Rowland is charged with two counts of falsifying records in a federal investigation, one count of conspiracy, two counts of causing false statements to be made to the FEC, and two counts of causing illegal campaign contributions. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied any wrongdoing.
Rowland was released from prison in 2006 after serving 10 months on a corruption-related charge.
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