campaign finance


Democratic gubernatorial candidates Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo are sparring over campaign spending by independent third-party groups.

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.

Former President Bill Clinton is expected to headline a March 11 fundraiser for treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner in New York City, according to Magaziner's campaign manager.

Magaziner's campaign manager, Evan England, says the venue for the fundraiser has yet to be finalized.

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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.

Here's how Raimondo touted her latest numbers.

The rhetorical battle over who plays the role of "Wall Street Democrat" in this year's race for governor has started.

A fundraising ask emailed Thursday afternoon by Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign is subject lined, "Stand up to Wall Street." Without naming fellow Democrat Gina Raimondo, the email goes on to say: "After taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from her former colleagues on Wall Street, one of our opponents is trying to redefine herself, but it’s clear who she stands for."

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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.

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Gina Raimondo's campaign for governor wants to reach an agreement with Angel Taveras and Clay Pell to eliminate outside spending in the expected three-way Democratic primary, her campaign manager said Tuesday.

"We want an agreement that eliminates any and all outside spending," said Eric Hyers.

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John Marion, executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss improved technology in the General Assembly; the impact of super PACs in Rhode Island; the outlook for strengthening the state Ethics Commission; and many other issues.

Veteran Democratic fundraiser Amy Gabarra is assisting Clay Pell's exploratory committee to raise money, in the latest sign that Pell may pursue a run for governor in 2014.

Gabarra helped Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio to assemble the largest war chest in the 2010 race for governor. She's also worked for David Cicilline, Lincoln Chafee and Bill Lynch, among others.

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Guillaume de Ramel joins us on Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his Democratic run for secretary of state and a host of related issues, including voter ID, how to increase voting participation, the impact of money in his primary battle with rival Democrat Nellie Gorbea, and more.

Longtime GOP fundraiser Tony Bucci has joined Ken Block's Republican gubernatorial campaign as a senior adviser and finance chairman.

Block's campaign says Bucci resigned a slot on rival Republican Allan Fung's campaign committee to make the change.

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