Federal investigators have raided the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce office and seized its computers, according to political blogger Kevin Rennie’s Daily Ructions. The raid, which took place today, is likely linked to the federal criminal investigation into former Gov. John Rowland.
The investigation into Rowland’s activities began when he was discovered to be for Republican 5th District candidate while being paid by her husband Brian Foley’s company, Apple Rehab. Rowland was reportedly paid $30,000 over six months to perform consulting work for the nursing home.
According to Rennie, Rowland has also worked for the Waterbury chamber, providing economic development services for the city. But detailed information about the former governor’s activities has not been available. The Register Citizen and New Haven Register newspapers filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the City of Waterbury.
According to the Register Citizen, Rowland was paid $100,000 by the city in an informal work arrangement that required him to visit the office only occasionally. Details of his work at the chamber are beyond the scope of the FOI request, and the chamber has not been forthcoming.