POLL: Twardy Report Finds No Wrongdoing from Donovan

Are you surprised by the findings? The state senator's office contracted an audit of campaign documents, e-mails and texts, which showed no conspiracy to hide the source of donations or improper agreement.


Chris Donovan had no knowledge of any wrongdoing involving campaign donations, former U.S. Attorney Stanley Twardy concluded after an extensive audit of the House Speaker’s campaign for the Fifth Congressional District.

“In short based on our review … we found nothing to indicate Donovan had knowledge of improper contributions or any quid pro quo arrangements,” Twardy said at a press conference releasing his findings Thursday morning, July 5.

Twardy’s office was hired by the Donovan campaign after former campaign finance director and charged with hiding the source of two $10,000 campaign donations.

Twardy’s office reviewed thousands of e-mails from Donovan, his campaign and legislative staff, as well as text messages. Staff also interviewed Donovan and 12 members of Donovan’s campaign and legislative staff. Braddock and three other campaign staff who have been implicated in the improper donations refused to speak with Twardy at the advice of their attorneys.

Twardy explained that in cases of wrongdoing, there is almost always an e-mail trail to bear witness.

“We found none of that here. You heard the total volume of e-mails we looked at. We were quite exhaustively searching here,” Twardy said. “It would be unusual for me, based on my experience to have any largespread conspiracy without e-mails or any other written documents.”

According to Twardy, his interviews revealed that Donovan disliked being involved in fundraising and despite weekly e-mails updating him on campaign contributions and their sources, Donovan had little knowledge of the details.

Since July of 2011, the Donovan campaign received donations from more than 8,000 people, Twardy said.

The first time e-mails to Donovan regarding legislation proposing the taxation of roll-your-own smokeshops and its possible implications for the state of Connecticut appeared was at the end of the legislative session, Twardy said.

At that point, Donovan received what appeared to be form letters from smokeshop owners asking Donovan to oppose the legislation but Donovan did not respond, Twardy said.

He later received an e-mail indicating if the smokeshops were not taxed, the state would be at risk of losing its share of settlements with the tobacco industry and Donovan asked a staff member to follow up.

Twardy said that he was confident all of Donovan’s e-mails were looked at because his staff froze emails and imaged the computers, Donovan’s iPhone, iPad and the computers assigned to him at the legislature and at his campaign.

“Everything was looked at,” Twardy said, explaining how his findings differed from Donovan’s earlier declaration of innocence. “It’s not just somebody saying something. It’s substantiated by what’s not in the record.”

Sean M July 06, 2012 at 02:34 PM
This whole thing is a farce. Donovan paid someone to look into this. Twardy did not have all the information and could not talk to everyone like the FBI could. The sad thing is too many people will fall for this.
Don Sherman July 06, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Business as usual for Donovan. The payoff to Twardy must be HUGE; he'll never be deemed credible again, except by the likes of Donovan.
Sean M July 06, 2012 at 11:14 PM
The Republicans have a problem in Lisa Wilson Foley. She and her husband have a history of making donations to people in key positions. The Foleys own rehab centers, which I assume accept quite a bit of tax dollars. The John Rowland situation stinks to high heaven. There is only one candidate who is clearly not part of this political cesspool: Mark Greenberg
Don Sherman July 07, 2012 at 12:06 AM
"Accept" tax dollars?! They LIVE on them. As I recall, L W-F stated 90% of their income comes directly from the government. Government is a good place to be.


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