A devastating federal arrest warrant lays out an alleged scheme to funnel illegal campaign contributions to Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan, the endorsed Democratic candidate for the 5th District Congressional seat. Multiple stories in the Courant have the details on tens of thousands of dollars allegedly accepted by the campaign’s finance director, Robert Braddock Jr., in the belief it was cash coming indirectly from businesses with an interest in a bill before the legislature. Braddock is under arrest. Donovan waited days to step to the microphone. And Connecticut residents are left wondering how much might be for sale in state government.
Good-government groups promote transparency in campaign financing as one way to address the undue influence of special interests in government. So below is a database of all contributions of $200 or more to Donovan’s Congressional campaign through late April, as cataloged by the Federal Elections Commission. There are two searchable and sortable spreadsheets. The first contains donations from individuals, either directly to the campaign or earmarked through another committee. The second contains donations from political action committees and similar organizations. For the record, Donovan – long an advocate of better public financing of elections – says he is not influenced by campaign cash.
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