Rowland seeks dismissal of federal charges

Hartford (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland has filed a motion seeking to dismiss charges that he broke federal election laws in his roles with two congressional campaigns.

Rowland's attorneys, in the motion filed Tuesday, say the government is trying to criminalize "conduct that is simply not illegal."

Rowland faces seven counts related to trying to hide his role as a paid consultant in two campaigns for U.S. House in 2010 and 2012 by receiving payment from businesses owned by the candidates' families.

In the motion, Rowland argues that in one case he never worked for the candidate, and in the other, the government cannot show that he did anything illegal.

Rowland resigned as governor 10 years ago and spent 10 months in prison on unrelated corruption charges.

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