In both campaigns, Rowland is accused of approaching candidates for Congress and offering to act as a secret paid consultant. One candidate, Lisa Wilson-Foley, allegedly paid Rowland $35,000 via a sham contract. The second candidate, Mark Greenberg, has said he rejected Rowland's offer.
A grand jury spent two years investigating the allegations. Rowland now faces a seven-count indictment, including a conspiracy charge.
"I'm not as unpopular as your campaign manager would lead you to believe!! especially, in the 5th district," Rowland wrote in a 2010 email to Greenberg, according to the indictment. "I can get you elected … If you are interested."
Greenberg made an unsuccessful bid for a House seat in the state's 5th district in 2010, ran again in 2012, and is running again this year. Greenberg and Wilson-Foley, like Rowland, are Republicans.
Earlier this year, Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with Rowland to violate campaign finance laws.
The charges against Rowland carry a maximum sentence of 57 years in prison, according to the Courant.