Connecticut Governor Indicted On Campaign Charges
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[April 11, 2014]
By Ellen Wulfhorst
(Reuters) — Former Connecticut Governor
John Rowland, who spent time in federal prison for corruption, was
indicted on Thursday on charges of illegal campaign activities,
Rowland, 56, a Republican, is accused of trying to conceal
payments made to him for working on two congressional campaigns, the
office of the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut said.
Rowland was governor from 1995 until 2004, when he resigned.
He pleaded guilty to corruption and spent 10 months in federal
The indictment charges Rowland, who also served in the U.S. House of
Representatives from 1985 to 1991, with working illegally on the
2012 congressional campaign of Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley.
It said Rowland arranged to be paid by creating a phony contract
with the candidate's husband, Brian Foley. The contract allowed
Foley to route payments to Rowland through a real estate company he
owned and through offices of an attorney who worked for a nursing
home company that Foley also owned, it said.
From September 2011 to April 2012, Rowland allegedly was paid
$35,000 for his campaign work, it said. The money is considered
campaign contributions not reported to the Federal Election
Commission and in violation of federal campaign finance laws, it
The former candidate and her husband pleaded guilty last month to
charges involving illegal campaign contributions.
The indictment also said that in 2009, Rowland schemed to work for
the campaign of another congressional candidate and conceal his
payments by drafting a sham contract making it appear he was working
for a separate entity referred to the "Animal Center."
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A spokesman for current Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, a
Democrat, released a statement saying: "This is another sad chapter
in a story that Connecticut knows all too well."
Rowland faces two counts of falsification of records in a federal
investigation, each of which carries the possibility of 20 years in
prison. He also was charged with conspiracy, causing false
statements to be made to the FEC and causing illegal campaign
He was slated to be arraigned on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in New Haven.
(Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
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