by Jennifer Swift
Mar 31, 2014
10:30 PMConnecticut Politics
Former Congressional Candidate Pleads Guilty in Campaign Contribution Scheme Involving John Rowland
Former governor and convicted felon John Rowland was paid $35,000 through a scheme by former Congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband Brian Foley, the two admitted in court.
Both Foleys pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions. Rowland is referred to as a unindicted “political advisor 1” and was being paid for work for the campaign, though he was hired to work as a consultant for Foley's businesses. Court documents show Rowland was paid in increments of through an intricate plan by the Foley campaign, Rowland and attorneys so it would not appear as though Rowland was being paid by the campaign.
Documents also show that Rowland asked for a bonus should Wilson-Foley win the election. Wilson-Foley later lost to Andrew Roraback for the Republican nomination.
Rowland is a radio talk show host for WTIC AM. He could not be reached for comment, and a message left at the radio station was not immediately returned. Rowland’s attorney also did not return a call seeking comment.
Rowland has not been charged. He served 10 months in jail for previous charges of corruption.
Wilson-Foley and Foley are due to be sentenced June 23.Former Congressional Candidate Pleads Guilty in Campaign Contribution Scheme Involving John Rowland