Feds oppose Rowland effort to dismiss charges

John G. Rowland (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are objecting to an effort by former Connecticut Gov. John R. Rowland seeking the dismissal of charges that he tried to create secret consultant roles with two congressional campaigns.

Prosecutors in court papers filed late Monday reject Rowland’s arguments that contracts were not false. They say the contracts were designed to hide his role in the campaigns by claiming he was working for a candidate’s animal center and a nursing home run by another candidate’s husband.

Prosecutors also dispute Rowland’s argument that the charges should be dismissed because they fail to allege any involvement by Rowland in the alleged failure by one of the campaigns to disclose the payments to him. They accuse Rowland of knowingly causing false information to be submitted to the Federal Election Commission.

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