Courant: The Donovan story is not over yet

The Hartford Courant editorialized recently that the saga of Chris Donovan’s run for Congress has not yet been finished. Donovan withdrew himself from the ballot last week, having been endorsed by the Working Families Party and remaining on that ballot … Continue reading

Donovan mailer uses Murphy quote without permission

According to Daniela Altimari writing on the Courant’s Capitol Watch blog, a new mailer for Democrat Chris Donovan quotes current 5th District candidate Chris Murphy, but did so without Murphy’s OK. The mailer, Altimari writes, says, “I do trust Chris … Continue reading

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

Conflicting reports on Donovan aide’s status after indictment links her to scandal

By Mary E. O’Leary, Staff Reporter According to sources close to the situation, a key member of Connecticut Speaker of the House Chris Donovan’s staff is seeking a leave of absence after her actions as “legislative aide 1” were documented … Continue reading

Braddock pleads not guilty to three superseding charges in Donovan case

By Staff NEW HAVEN — Robert Braddock Jr., the former finance director for state House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan’s 5th District congressional campaign, repeated his not guilty pleas Tuesday in federal court to three charges in a superseding indictment. Braddock, … Continue reading

State Senate minority leader to renew call for legislative inquiry into Chris Donovan

By Staff State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, will hold a press conference at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, to renew his call for a bipartisan legislative committee of inquiry to investigate allegations of misconduct related to the House speaker Chris … Continue reading

Eighth suspect in Chris Donovan campaign finance scandal arraigned in federal court

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter NEW HAVEN – The eighth individual identified by federal authorities in the alleged cash-for-legislative action scheme that has embroiled state House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign was arraigned Friday in federal court. Authorities allege Daniel … Continue reading

Former Time exec drops Chris Donovan, backs Elizabeth Esty

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter Washington’s John Millington has officially jumped ship. The former Time, Inc. executive and longtime local Democratic leader will hold a fundraiser for Elizabeth Esty, and he said it was the indictment of Chris Donovan’s finance … 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: Cults, candy and marriage equality

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 … Continue reading

Justin Bernier: Andrew Roraback “too liberal for Connecticut Republicans”

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter Republican candidates are taking the gloves off with less than a month before the primary, with Justin Bernier issuing a scathing rebuke of Andrew Roraback’s “liberal” positions, and with the Roraback campaign calling it an … 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 … Continue reading

Chris Donovan campaign gives $27,660 in illegal contributions to FBI

By Susan Haigh, The Associated Press House Speaker Chris Donovan‘s congressional campaign said Saturday it has returned what it believes are all the questionable contributions tied to an alleged scheme to stop legislation at the state Capitol that would have … Continue reading

Opinion: Labor’s loyalty keeps top Democrats from pushing Donovan out of 5th District race

By Matt DeRienzo, Staff Reporter Connecticut’s 5th District Congress seat is slipping away from Democrats, and prominent leaders of the party are unlikely to do anything publicly to stop it from happening. The indictment of former campaign finance director Robert … 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

Chris Donovan should withdraw from 5th District race, Roberti says

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter Fifth District Congressional candidate Dan Roberti on Thursday called for Chris Donovan’s withdrawal from the  race, following the release Wednesday of the federal indictment of Donovan’s former campaign finance director on conspiracy charges. “It is … Continue reading

Former Chris Donovan aide arrested in campaign scandal seeks to attend family wedding

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former finance director for Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign is asking a judge to grant him permission to attend an out-of-state wedding. The attorney for Robert Braddock Jr. filed a motion last week … Continue reading

Two Naugatuck residents were source of Republican donations returned in wake of Donovan scandal (News Junkie)

Ctnewsjunkie reports: “Reports filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission identify two Naugatuck residents as the sources of donations returned by House Republicans in the aftermath of an FBI undercover operation resulting in the arrest of House Speaker Chris Donovan’s … Continue reading

Former House speaker Jim Amann does not ‘know how’ Chris Donovan can survive campaign scandal

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter Former state Speaker of the House Jim Amann said he believes his successor, outgoing speaker of the House and Democratic 5th District congressional candidate Chris Donovan, needs to take responsibility for the actions of his … Continue reading

Donovan speaking to media, but still won’t answer questions about scandal

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter Chris Donovan will be available to the press at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Meriden’s Hubbard Park, and while he will speak about the internal investigation into possibly illegal campaign finance activity at his campaign that … Continue reading