campaign finance

The calendar flips from summer to fall, and we move ever closer to the November election. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Summer is zipping by, so enjoy the beach and warm weather while you can. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments remain welcome. And you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

August is here, signaling the run-up to the September primary. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimond spent campaign funds generously on broadcast and online ads during the second quarter of 2018 while remaining the pacesetting fundraiser in Ocean State politics.

Time always seems to speed up in summer, right? It'll be August before we know it, then September, and the political milestones of November and January won't be far behind. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, Your tips and comments remain welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (Program note: I'm taking some time off, so TGIF will return later this month.) Here we go.

Common Cause of RI head John Marion joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court, how to make RI elections more competitive, what he's watching on campaign finance issues, and much more.

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has imposed a $100,000 fine on a California investment company for violating pay to play rules meant to prevent political contributions from influencing investment decisions. An executive with the company, Oaktree Capital Management, made a $1,000 contribution to Gina Raimondo when she was running for governor in 2014, but it was refunded a few weeks later.

The Carpionato Group contributed to the cost of a campaign mailer that supported Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in 2016.

The mailer was paid for by a group called Progress RI, which was chaired by Richard Ferruccio, the president of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers. The mailer identifies the "only donors" as Tasca Automotive Group, Carpionato Group and Cardi's Furniture.

It might be spring, it might feel like summer, but the signals of an intensifying election season are increasingly evident. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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RI House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello stopped by our studio to discuss a range of issues, including the PawSox, guns, abortion, state incentives, his political future, and more.

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Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable to discuss the state Board of Election's resolution of a campaign finance complaint stemming from his 2016 campaign, and Mayor Jorge Elorza's proposal to sell or lease Providence's water supply.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, wants to limit state lawmakers to five two-year terms, create an office of inspector general, and institute the use of photo IDs for food benefits and add work requirements for able-bodied people receiving welfare.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo raised $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2018, giving her a huge financial advantage over opponents as she seeks re-election.

Raimondo's campaign said she received 990 contributions "from every corner of the state, totaling more than $528,000 in the quarter."

The Democratic governor's campaign said that "both the number of Rhode Island contributions and the amount of money that Rhode Islanders contributed to Raimondo’s campaign in the quarter far exceeded Rhode Island contributions to any other candidate."

Just another ho-hum week in Rhode Island politics, right? The news emerged fast and furious Wednesday, in a likely harbinger of a lot more drama in the months to come. 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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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her re-election campaign and the campaign finance violation involving House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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