Ex-Shays aide prepares for prison, restitution

Thanksgiving won’t be too celebratory for Michael Sohn, who stole more than $252,000 in campaign money from his long-time boss, Chris Shays, the former congressman from Connecticut’s 4th District.

Sohn is set to start serving his 37-month prison sentence on Nov. 30. And yesterday, the Federal Election Commission unveiled a decision ordering him to repay the filched funds, which Sohn used for personal expenses, including airline tickets, limos, and other items.

Sohn did get one bit of good news. The FEC didn’t impose a civil fines for his misdeeds, saying he had demonstrated “financial hardship” that prevented him from coming up with additional money.