- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Past and present state lawmakers and friends of former House Speaker Chris Donovan are helping the Meriden Democrat retire his 2012 congressional campaign debt.

An invitation sent Tuesday urged people to “say thanks” to Donovan for his 20-year legislative career and help pay off the debt by attending an April 28 fundraiser in West Hartford.

Donovan lost the 2012 Democratic primary for the 5th Congressional District seat to now-U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty after his campaign became enveloped in a financing scandal.

Former campaign workers were eventually found guilty of trying to hide the source of $27,500 in contributions to Donovan’s congressional campaign. The money was given in hopes of blocking state legislation that would harm the roll-your-own tobacco industry.

Donovan was hired in December by the Connecticut Education Association.

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