Donovan addresses media amid campaign finance probe - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Donovan addresses media amid campaign finance probe

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB/AP) -

Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan mad his first public statement Sunday evening, after a federal probe that led to the arrest of his campaign finance director last week.

Donovan's public statement came just days after Ray Soucy, a man identified as a central figure in the federal probe, resigned from two union jobs, which includes a position on the board of directors for the AFL CIO.

Donovan said during his press conference, "At no time did I know that anyone might have been trying to funnel illegal contributions to my campaign.  No one ever made a deal with me as a quid pro quo."

Donovan went on to explain that he only found out about the investigation on Wednesday when the FBI called him for an interview.

Donovan also announced that he will not resign as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Sources told Eyewitness News that Soucy allegedly made a deal with Connecticut House Speaker Christopher Donovan's campaign manager to give $10,000 to the campaign if Donovan would kill a bill taxing tobacco shops that allow customers to roll their own tobacco.

According to sources, Soucy then became an informant for federal investigators, and began wearing a wire. 

Donovan's campaign finance director Robert Braddock Jr. Was arrested last week in connection to the alleged illegal campaign contributions.

Braddock was released on $100,000 bond. Lawyers for Braddock said he is innocent. 

Donovan's new campaign manager said the speaker will continue his campaign for the 5th Congressional seat, currently held by Chris Murphy, but will turn over some of his responsibilities.

Donovan's statement will be held at his campaign headquarters in Meriden, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

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