Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign is taking the initiative to publicize its fourth-quarter fundraising for 2013, two days ahead of the deadline. The campaign says Taveras raised $324,920 in Q4, bringing cash on hand to $1,025,981.62.
In a statement, Taveras' campaign manager, Danny Kedem, says: "We are proud to announce our most successful quarter so far and are thankful to the nearly 900 donors who contributed for their support of Angel’s campaign for Governor. With the help of these supporters and hundreds of volunteers across the state, we are building a grassroots campaign to engage Rhode Islanders, share Angel’s story, his successes and his ideas for restoring hope and moving Rhode Island forward.”
Taveras has yet to file his Q4 report with the state Board of Elections. The reports are due Friday.
At the close of Q3 last year, Taveras had about one-third of the amount raised by Democratic rival Gina Raimondo, the state treasurer. In the time since, Clay Pell has entered the Democratic primary. While Taveras need not match Raimondo's fundraising to compete effectively, he needs to narrow the disparity between their respective piles of campaign cash.
The amount raised by Taveras in Q4 is close to his haul for all of 2011, a year when he out-raised Raimondo, although that was due in part to a lack of effort on the treasurer's part.
The two candidates have continued sparring about campaign finance since Taveras called last October for a "People's Pledge' to limit the influence of super PACs and other outside spending. Raimondo has since signaled her willingness to consider such an agreement.