Rowland conspiracy trial begins in federal court

New Haven (AP) — Jurors in former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland's corruption trial have been told they will see how the sausage of a political campaign is made.

Rowland is charged with seven federal counts. He's accused of hiding his work on two political campaigns.

During opening statements Wednesday, Rowland's attorney, Reid Weingarten, told jurors that Rowland did no work for candidate Mark Greenberg in 2010. He also says Rowland did legitimate work for a nursing home chain owned by husband of candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley in 2012, while also volunteering for her campaign.

Prosecutors say they will prove Rowland suggested working as a consultant on Greenberg's campaign while being paid by Greenberg's business and that Rowland was paid $35,000 to work on Wilson-Foley's campaign but hid those payments through her husband's business.

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