Since House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign finance director, Robert Braddock Jr., , that many of Donovan’s supporters have wondered who Braddock is, the state’s largest newspaper reported Sunday.
According to an article by the Hartford Courant, Braddock, 33, a political unknown in Connecticut, had worked on unsuccessful Democratic campaigns in Georgia and North Carolina before he was hired for a fundraising role in Donovan’s bid for the party nomination for Congress in 5th District.
Among the towns in the 5th Congressional District are Woodbury, , Southbury and Cheshire.
Braddock was arrested for accepting $20,000 in campaign contributions by smoke shop owners in the name of other people in order to conceal the identity of the actual donor. Accepting so-called “conduit campaign contributions” is a violation of federal campaign finance laws.
The donor was actually an FBI agent posing as a smoke shop owner, who channeled funds through several co-conspirators to Braddock, according to court affidavits filed in the case.
Smoke shop owners were actively lobbying against a proposal in the General Assembly to increase taxes and fees on roll-your-own cigarette machines.
News media reports have identified two of the co-conspirators as Ray Soucy, a union figure from Naugatuck, and Paul Rogers, an investor in a Waterbury smoke shop who resides in Middlebury.