campaign finance

Governor Gina Raimondo has a campaign balance of more than $2.6 million at the end of the second quarter of 2017.

That dwarfs the $180,000 balance held by Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Raimondo's Republican rival from 2014.

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The state Board of Elections is slated to review Monday the criteria it will use in hiring the board's next executive director.

The board fired after its last director, Robert Kando, last August following a series of controversies. The agency has had an acting head in place since then.

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End Citizens United, a national grassroots political action committee, is officially endorsing U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse for his 2018 re-election, calling him a “champion of campaign finance reform.”

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Governor Gina Raimondo’s latest campaign finance report shows a balance of more than $2.2 million.

That’s about 25 times the $78,922 that Raimondo’s GOP rival from 2014, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, has in his war chest.

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Serious financial challenges continue to dog Rhode Island’s capital city. And now, there’s a cloud hanging over the Providence City Council, with two councilors  facing close public scrutiny.

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Rhode Island’s junior senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, has compiled almost $2 million in his campaign account ahead of a re-election challenge next year.

There are lots of things cooking in the Biggest Little, even with lawmakers taking off for their spring break. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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A state Republican Party complaint filed Tuesday with the state Board of Elections charges that House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's political action committee exceeded limits on campaign contributions last year.

Cranston businessman John Hazen White Jr. gave House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello almost twice the state's legal limit for campaign contributions for an individual in 2016.

White made contributions to Matttiello of $1,000 on December 5, and of $200 on January 18, according to the state Board of Elections web site. In addition, White said he personally paid about $750 for an ad endorsing Mattiello that ran in the Cranston Herald shortly before the November 8 election.

State law limits contributions by individuals to a particular candidate to $1,000 in a single calendar year.

Lookout RI's endorsement of House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello through an advertisement in the Cranston Herald may violate an IRS ban on campaign activity by 501(c)(3) organizations.

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Governor Gina Raimondo has more than $1.5 million in her campaign account as she approaches the mid-point in her term.

Raimondo raised a relatively small amount over the last three months, according to her latest campaign finance report. But the haul pushes the governor’s war chest higher than the previous balance of $1.45 million.

RI For Gun Safety, a new 527 group funded by former Hasbro Chairman and CEO Alan Hassenfeld is spending tens of thousands on four legislative races ahead of Rhode Island's September 13th primary.

Hassenfeld has contributed $87,500 to the group.

Using that money, the group plans to send four direct mail pieces criticizing House Majority Leader John DeSimone's stance on gun-safety issues. DeSimone faces a primary challenge from Marcia Ranglin-Vassell.

Don't look now, but it's barely more than 30 days until the state primary election that will help shape the next class of state lawmakers. Meanwhile, debate about 38 Studios has again reached a fever pitch. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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With a second-quarter balance of $1,451,944, Governor Gina Raimondo's fundraising remains robust at the mid-point in her four-year term as governor.

Raimondo began the quarter with a balance of just over $1 million -- $1,010,058. During Q2, she received $506,168 in contributions from individuals and $19,200 from political action committees. The governor's fundraising success can be seen in how her second quarter campaign finance report is 217 pages.

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