campaign finance en Taveras Reports $500K+ for Q1; Raimondo Brings in $1.1M+ <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras recorded his best fundraising performance yet by collecting more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2014, although rival Democrat Gina Raimondo bested that by taking in more than $1.1 million, their campaigns said Thursday.</p><p>Taveras' communications director, Dawn Bergantino, said more than three-quarters of Taveras' take for the quarter "came from within Rhode Island."</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:06:45 +0000 Ian Donnis 32564 at Campaign Finance Angle Emerges In Gordon Fox Probe <p></p><p>The investigators who raided former House Speaker Gordon Fox's Statehouse office and East Side home <a href="">on March 21 </a>appear to be examining Fox's campaign fundraising.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:53:42 +0000 Ian Donnis 32138 at Campaign Finance Angle Emerges In Gordon Fox Probe Clinton Fundraiser for Magaziner Set for Tuesday in NYC <p>As we <a href="">previously reported</a>, former president Bill Clinton will headline <a href="">a New York City fundraiser</a> Tuesday evening for <a href="">Seth Magaziner</a>, one of three Democrats running to be Rhode Island's next general treasurer.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:04:29 +0000 Ian Donnis 30213 at TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media <p>What a week in Rhode Island politics. Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to <a href="">follow me on the twitters</a>. Let's get snapping.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:48:26 +0000 Ian Donnis 29101 at Bonus Q+A: Pell on the Economy, Taxes, Education, Campaign Finance & More <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell joins the Bonus Q+A to talk about jobs, education, Obamacare, campaign finance and many other issues related to Campaign 2014.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 29090 at Roberts Endorses Gorbea for Secretary of State <p><a href="">Nellie Gorbea</a> is touting an endorsement from Elizabeth Roberts, Rhode Island's first female lieutenant governor, as Gorbea tries to become the state's first Latina secretary of state.</p><p>Roberts, who is poised to leave public office in 2015 after two terms as lieutenant governor, is co-chairing a Women for Nellie fundraiser on March 3 at Embolden Design in Pawtucket. The other co-chair is Embolden's owner, Ann-Marie Harrington. Suggested contributions for the event run from $50 to $1000.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:23:53 +0000 Ian Donnis 29041 at Taveras & Raimondo Scrap on Super PAC Spending <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidates Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo are sparring over campaign spending by independent third-party groups.</p><p></p><p>A Texas hedge fund billionaire, John Arnold, recently gave $100,000 to a super PAC backing Raimondo’s campaign for governor. Taveras’ campaign says if Raimondo wants to keep Wall Street and other special interests out of the race, she should call for the American LeadHERship PAC to return Arnold’s contribution.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:36:46 +0000 Ian Donnis 28585 at Taveras & Raimondo Scrap on Super PAC Spending Bill Clinton Expected to Headline March 11 NYC Fundraiser For Seth Magaziner <p>Former President Bill Clinton is expected to headline a March 11 fundraiser for treasurer candidate<a href=""> Seth Magaziner </a>in New York City, according to Magaziner's campaign manager.</p><p>Magaziner's campaign manager, Evan England, says the venue for the fundraiser has yet to be finalized.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:25:14 +0000 Ian Donnis 28584 at TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media <p>Welcome back to my Friday column. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:56:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 28447 at Raimondo Posts $485K for Q4; Taveras Slightly Narrows Her Advantage; Pell Tops $1M <p>Gina Raimondo's gubernatorial campaign says it raised $485,507 in the final three months of 2013, raising her campaign account to a balance of $2,508,647. Meanwhile, the new Democrat in the race, Clay Pell, shows a balance of $1.1 million, with more than $1 million of it coming from a loan to himself.</p><p>Here's how Raimondo touted her latest numbers.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:59:26 +0000 Ian Donnis 28451 at