Twardy probe cost Donovan campaign $119,000

A spokesman for Chris Donovan’s 5th District congressional campaign said today that the investigation and report completed by former U.S. Attorney Stanley Twardy cost the campaign $84,000. That’s not counting the $35,000 in accounting services provided by Blum Shapiro to … Continue reading

Chris Donovan’s 5th District opponents question his candidacy

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter Several of Chris Donovan’s opponents called on him to resign from the 5th District congressional race in response to the news that a total of eight people have been arrested by federal authorities in connection … Continue reading

Chris Donovan 1st TV ad touts his record of fighting for clean elections

In his first television ad, 5th District congressional candidate Chris Donovan touts his record of ”leading the fight to clean up elections.” The ad is to begin airing on stations in the 5th District on Tuesday, the campaign said in a statement. The … Continue reading

5th District Notebook: Pension checks, computer glitches and pancake breakfasts

Here’s some of the news relevant to the 5th District congressional race from around Connecticut. Each weekday we scour the web to find the best 5th district-related items, but if you think we missed one, send an email to jfenster@nhregister.com. … Continue reading

Co-owner of Waterbury smokeshops did not donate to Chris Donovan campaign, lawyer says

By Mary E. O’Leary, Staff Reporter The attorney for a co-owner of a roll your own businesses in Waterbury says his client is not one of the unindicted co-conspirator shop owners alluded to in a federal indictment issued this week … Continue reading

Rally in support of 5th District candidate Chris Donovan draws largely union crowd

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter A crowd of largely union members and supporters chanted “we want Chris” at a rally for congressional candidate Chris Donovan in Hartford Wednesday, amid the spectre of controversy that currently surrounds his campaign for the … Continue reading

Rally for embattled 5th District Chris Donovan Wednesday

By Mary E. O’Leary, Staff Reporter HARTFORD — Embattled House Speaker Chris Donovan will be joined by supporters at a rally tonight outside the headquarters of the Connecticut Education Association as he continues to run for Congress after his campaign … Continue reading

Gov. Malloy applauds feds; will move forward with roll-your-own bill (CT News Junkie)

Ctnewsjunkie reports: “Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a former prosecutor, said Monday that he has not been contacted by federal investigators regarding the roll-your-own cigarette legislation which was proposed and supported by his administration.” The legislation is at the center of … Continue reading

5th District candidate Chris Donovan insists: ‘I have done nothing wrong’

By Randall Beach, Staff Reporter MERIDEN – An embattled Democratic Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan Sunday said he was “sickened” by the allegations against his 5th District congressional campaign staffers but he asserted, “I have done nothing wrong.” Donovan held … Continue reading

Live blog: Chris Donovan says he will stay in race for 5th District seat

Chris Donovan, a candidate for the 5th District Congressional seat, made a statement at 6:30 p.m. today outside his Meriden campaign headquarters. The statement comes three days after Donovan’s campaign finance director, Robert Braddock Jr., was arrested on federal campaign … Continue reading

Gov. Malloy speaks frankly about Chris Donovan campaign scandal at fundraiser

WESTPORT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called Saturday for state House Speaker Chris Donovan to speak to the public “sooner rather than later” concerning the allegation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office that Donovan’s finance director sought to hide the source … Continue reading

Report: Sources Identify State Worker, Union Official As Central Figure In Donovan Campaign Probe

The Hartford Courant reports: “A politically active state correction officer and labor union official – Ray Soucy of Naugatuck – has been identified as a central figure in the federal investigation that led to the arrest Wednesday of state House … Continue reading

Chris Donovan hires lawyer, cooperating with FBI probe into 5th District campaign finance scandal

By Jordan Fenster,  Staff Reporter Chris Donovan will relinquish his role as state House speaker to Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey for the purposes of the upcoming special legislative session, but will remain in the office of speaker of the house, … Continue reading

5th District candidate Chris Donovan will stay as speaker of the House

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter Chris Donovan will relinquish his role as state House speaker to Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey for the upcoming special session, but will remain in the office of speaker of the House, and on the campaign … Continue reading

Live Blog: Chris Donovan doesn’t show at press conference; not stepping down as speaker

Follow live coverage via Twitter of the Chris Donovan campaign press conference in Hartford today. The press conference came in the wake of the arrest of the campaign finance director on federal charges. 4:00 pm: Dan Roberti holds a press … Continue reading