Fired Donovan campaign manager taps Donovan donor for attorney

Political observers speculated Joshua Nassi, Chris Donovan’s ex-congressional campaign manager/confidante, was an unidentified co-conspirator referenced in the federal affidavit released last week following the arrest of Donovan’s finance director.

The affidavit identified one co-conspirator as a male Donovan campaign aide. Donovan, following Robert Braddock Jr.’s arrest for allegedly concealing the source of campaign donations, fired two other campaign workers – Nassi and Deputy Finance Director Sarah Waterfall.

 Donovan (left) and Nassi in better times.

The Hartford Courant today put an end to the speculation and officially named Nassi as an alleged co-conspirator

For those who are interested in connections and ironies, here are a few to ponder…

Nassi has hired Bill Bloss of Bridgeport-based Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder.

That means Bloss, who has so far donated $3,000 to Donovan’s congressional bid, is representing one of the people allegedly involved in a scandal that jeopardizes Donovan’s political future.

From the Federal Election Commission:

CT 06437
06/29/2011 1000.00 KOSKOFF, KOSKOFF & BIEDER 11952497926
CT 06437
03/30/2012 500.00 KOSKOFF, KOSKOFF & BIEDER 12951443178
CT 06437
03/30/2012 500.00 KOSKOFF, KOSKOFF & BIEDER 12951443178
CT 06437
12/30/2011 1000.00 KOSKOFF, KOSKOFF & BIEDER 12950416894


Also Bloss has, according to his profile, done legal work for the Connecticut Citizen Action Group. Donovan and Nassi at one point in their careers worked for CCAG, and Nassi’s replacement in the Donovan campaign – Tom Swan – is the group’s executive director.

Here’s the relevant paragraph from Bloss’ bio: “Bill represented Common Cause and Connecticut Citizen Action Group in federal litigation that led to the overhaul of the state primary election system.”

Categories: General
Brian Lockhart

2 Responses

  1. Carl Blandon says:

    Note that Bloss gave a total of $3,000 for the convention – federal law limits individual contributions to $2,500 per election, and the convention counts a one election. So, the Campaign has reported an illegal contribution from Bloss.

  2. Tim White says:

    The clean elections matters, but only to a certain extent. When someone stops running for state office, the corruption is still enticing. Whether it’s this situation of running for higher office or simply entering the revolving door, the spectre of corruption still exists.

    To mitigate that, the legislature should return subpoena power to the Chief State’s Attorney. But Donovan failed to do that for four yrs as Speaker and four yrs as Majority Leader. So he opposes it. And we now see how the inability of state-level authorities to conduct a proper investigation could benefit him and his cronies.

    Five years ago, the NYTimes explained the value of this legislation at the height of the Deluca Debacle: