Oct. 1, 2010 Timothy P.
Cahill, state treasurer and independent gubernatorial candidate, sees his running mate abandon his campaign and endorse the Republican nominee just a month before the election.
Oct. 7, 2010 Cahill sues his own campaign strategists, alleging they conspired with Republicans to sabotage his candidacy and orchestrate the defection of his running mate.
Oct. 13, 2010 Cahill’s former strategists counter by releasing a series of e-mails suggesting that the treasurer is the one who was engaged in a conspiracy — using taxpayer-funded lottery ads to boost his campaign for governor.
Oct. 14, 2010 Attorney General Martha Coakley urges Cahill to stop airing ads for the lottery until after the election “to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.” Cahill agrees, soon removing the ads while Coakley’s office investigates whether they violate state law forbidding elected officials from using public funds for political advancement.
Nov. 2, 2010 Cahill loses the governor’s race to incumbent Democrat Governor Deval Patrick. That week, Cahill’s former aides settle his lawsuit by agreeing to cover some legal costs. The investigation by the attorney general continues.
June 22, 2011 The Globe reports that Cahill was directly involved in the lottery’s decision to launch a $1.5 million taxpayer-funded ad blitz, meeting with an advertising agency executive and changing the strategy of the ad campaign.
April 2, 2012 Coakley indicts Cahill and his former campaign manager, Scott Campbell, on two counts of conspiracy in the first major test of a 2009 anticorruption law enacted in response to a corruption scandal involving former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi.
April 4, 2012 Cahill maintains his innocence outside Suffolk Superior Court, saying his name would be cleared and his reputation restored.
Dec. 12, 2012 Jury acquits Campbell.
Dec. 13, 2012 Jury deadlocks on Cahill’s charges,
resulting in a mistrial.