After the FBI arrested one of congressional candidate , House Republicans returned the checks for alleged illicit donations.
According to CT News Junkie, two Naugatuck residents have been identified as having their checks returned for apparently being “straw donations." One donor was Anne Soucy, whose son is Ray Soucy, a Naugatuck resident and former union official with the state Department of Corrections. The other was Walter "Fran" Dambowsky, a state investigator and Naugatuck's emergency management director. The three checks reportedly totaled $3,000 and went to the House Republican Campaign Committee and the New Horizons PAC, a group trying to find “a new generation of conservative leaders.”
The federal government alleges that Donovan’s campaign director, Robert Braddock, conspired with others to accept so-called “conduit campaign contributions” or “straw donations” made by one person in the name of another. It is a violation of federal campaign finance law for any person to knowingly accept a contribution made by one person in the name of another.