2014-09-03T121453Z_2_LYNXMPEA820I9_RTROPTP_2_USA-CONNECTICUT-ROWLAND

Ex-Connecticut governor got campaign payment via phony contract: prosecutor

Three-term Republican Connecticut Governor John Rowland with his wife Patty at his side, makes a televised address from the governor's residence in HartfordBy Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) – Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland sought consulting work for two Congressional candidates but wanted to be paid via phony, third-party contracts, the prosecution and a witness said on Wednesday as Rowland’s trial on charges of violating campaign finance laws opened. Department of Justice, Rowland tried to prevent disclosure to both the Federal Election Commission and the public that he would be paid for campaign work from 2009 through 2012. The charges involve former Republican congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, who prosecutors contend agreed to pay Rowland $35,000 under what they described as an illegal contract when he worked as a political consultant during the 2012 campaign. “The evidence will show that John Rowland used the words ‘I could get you elected’ when speaking to two congressional candidates,” Assistant U.S.

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