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Former governor Rowland under investigation by federal government

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Former governor John Rowland. Former governor John Rowland.

Former governor John Rowland could be in trouble again and is part of a federal investigation, sources said.

Rowland has said nothing publicly about a story that threatens his freedom, and current job as a radio talk show host on WTIC NewsTalk 1080.

Sources said Rowland is currently the focus of a federal investigation that he accepted hidden money to advise the campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley, the Republican businesswoman from Simsbury running for Congress.

It's alleged her husband, Brian Foley, paid Rowland from his business, sources said. 

"It emerged that he had a $30,000 contract with the nursing home chain owned by Brian Foley, her husband," Hartford Courant reporter Jon Lender told Dennis House on Face the State last week. "And a competing candidate in that race filed a complaint with the federal government election commission saying that this appeared to be an illegal means of paying him for helping his wife's campaign. Without having to disclose to the public or report to the federal regulators, these were campaign-related expenditures."

Lender has also reported Brian Foley is now working with federal investigators

On Friday, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal weighed in on the topic.

"My years of experience as a federal prosecutor and a state attorney general leads me to think that we need to let this investigation reach a conclusion and run its course, so all the facts are known," Blumenthal said. "I'm not prejudging anything."

There has been no statement from the Foleys or from Rowland,

A source familiar with these types of investigations told Eyewitness News on Friday if Rowland should be charged again, prosecutors will not go easy on him because this would be a second offense.

Rowland went to prison once before for his role in a corruption scandal that led to his resignation in the summer of 2004.

To see the full Face the State interview with Lender, click here.

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