A former House Republican chief of staff confessed Monday to accepting more than $100,000 in kickbacks from a Florida direct-mail business in return for steering $1 million in printing contracts from taxpayer-funded candidates to the firm.
George Gallo pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of mail fraud for gaming the state’s so-called clean elections program for personal profit, the latest high-profile corruption sting in Connecticut. At the time, House candidates could each get up to $25,000 in taxpayer grants if they raised $5,000 in political contributions.
The 46-year-old Gallo faces 15 to 21 months in prison if a judge follows the recommendations of prosecutors, who say he abused his position as the caucus’ chief of staff and former state GOP chairman to steer contracts to Direct Mail Systems in Clearwater, Fla.
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