by Jennifer Swift
Sep 19, 2013
10:53 AM
Connecticut Politics

Joshua Nassi, Former Chris Donovan Campaign Manager, Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Joshua Nassi, Former Chris Donovan Campaign Manager, Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Courtesy of US District Court, District of CT

On Thursday, the 34-year-old campaign manager of former Connecticut Speaker of the House Chris Donovan's failed bid for U.S. Congress was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

The Associated Press reports that Joshua Nassi was sentenced in New Haven after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges. Nassi was one of eight individuals charged in a scheme to hide the sources of campaign contributions to Donovan's campaign. The donations were made in hopes that Donovan, then the speaker of the state House of Representatives, would kill legislation aimed at closing tax loopholes for roll-your-own tobacco shops. Donovan eventually lost the primary to Elizabeth Esty, who went on to beat Republican Andrew Roraback in the general election.

Nassi's sentencing comes less than a month after Robert Braddock, the campaign's former fundraiser, was sentenced to 38 months in prison. Braddock was the only individual to go to trial, while Nassi's sentence was part of a plea deal.

The Hartford Courant reports that other defendants have received 21 to 24 months in prison. Three have yet to be sentenced, including Ray Soucy, who created the scheme but then worked with officials to expose the others involved.

Donovan was never charged and has denied knowing about the operation.

 

Joshua Nassi, Former Chris Donovan Campaign Manager, Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

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