HARTFORD, Conn. – Campaign finance records show that in the years following his incarceration, former Gov. John G. Rowland and his wife, Patricia, made several donations to both Democratic and Republican candidates and town committees.
Under some of the donations logged with the state Elections Enforcement Commission he listed himself as a radio personality and in others he was a self-employed marketing consultant with JGR Associates LLC. In one instance, he listed himself as Waterbury’s economic development director, a job he held from 2008 to 2012. Patricia Rowland lists herself as an antique dealer.
The largest donation either of them made — $5,000 to the Mitt Romney campaign — came from Patricia Rowland in 2012, according to Federal Election Commission records. That same year, records show that she also donated $500 to Lisa Wilson-Foley’s campaign in the 5th Congressional District — the campaign federal investigators are still sorting out through recent guilty pleas from Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, and new grand jury indictment for the embattled former governor.
Between 2009 and 2012, the former governor gave $575 to the Middlebury Republican Town Committee and $420 to the Waterbury Republican Town Committee. Rowland and his wife also gave money in 2010 and 2012 to local politicians such as Sen. Rob Kane, R-Watertown, and Reps. Jeffrey Berger, D-Waterbury, and Anthony D’Amelio, R-Waterbury.