House Speaker Chris Donovan, who ran for the 5th Congressional District seat this year, sent an email last week to those who supported him during his congressional bid.
In his email, Donovan thanked recipients for their support and friendship and wished them the best in the new year. There was also an opportunity for people to click a button to donate to his campaign.
Donovan’s October campaign finance report shows that he owes $112,489 in legal fees and an additional $36,654 in other obligations.
Donovan’s campaign finances were the subject of an FBI investigation. He has denied participation in or knowledge of a campaign finance conspiracy, but two of his campaign staffers were arrested as a result of the FBI’s investigation.
Donovan lost to Elizabeth Esty in the Democratic primary, but remained a congressional candidate because he was endorsed by the Working Families Party. In late August, he withdrew from the race.
“I was given the unique opportunity to travel our state to meet and work with people like you who are striving to improve our world,” Donovan wrote in last week’s email. “Together we spoke of treating everyone with fairness, dignity and respect, and working to establish these benchmarks for our society’s policies and initiatives.
“As we look forward to a new year, it is important that we continue to use these principles to guide us in domestic and foreign policy, as well as in our daily lives. It is what we do, and there’s more work to be done. Let us continue to organize to create the world symbolized by the first Thanksgiving – people united in harmony, peace, and a common prosperity.”