Plea expected in Donovan campaign donations case

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Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 24 at 9:06 AM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — One of eight people charged in connection with illegal contributions made to the failed congressional campaign of former state House Speaker Christopher Donovan is expected to take a plea bargain.

Benjamin Hogan of Southington has a change of plea hearing on Tuesday at U.S. District Court in New Haven. He's expected to plead to a single conspiracy count that carries up to five years in prison.

Hogan and the other defendants were charged last summer with conspiring to hide the source of $27,500 in contributions to Donovan's campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat last year through straw donors. Prosecutors say the money was aimed at killing state legislation to raise taxes on roll-your-own tobacco shops.

Donovan wasn't charged, but his campaign manager was arrested.

Four others have pleaded guilty.

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