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Money & Influence 06.18.2018

Raimondo, Morgan to file elections complaints over Fung’s free use of campaign office

Gov. Gina Raimondo and Rep. Patricia Morgan, who is challenging Cranston Mayor Allan Fung for the Republican nomination for governor, both plan to file complaints with the state Board of Elections, alleging that Fung’s free use of office space at Cranston’s Chapel View amounts to an illegal campaign contribution from the Carpionato Corp. Common Cause Rhode Island has also filed a complaint.

Money & Influence 06.3.2018

First Amendment: 38 Studios debacle is R.I.’s Watergate

The 38 Studios debacle might not have produced a constitutional crisis or a legal battle (over the Nixon White House tapes) that went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. But Curt Schilling’s ill-fated video-game venture certainly produced a monumental crisis here in Rhode Island

Money & Influence 05.25.2018

Opposition Accuses Biomass Developer of Pay to Play

Environment leaders are uniting against a potential wood-burning power plant as accusations of political pay to play intensify. John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, was the only non-environmental speaker at a May 22 rally outside the Statehouse.

Money & Influence 05.22.2018

Activists rally against bill that would allow energy incentives for biomass

In her first public remarks on state legislation that would extend a key renewable energy incentive to the burning of wood waste to generate electricity, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Tuesday acknowledged environmental groups’ opposition to the measure but refrained from taking a position herself.

Money & Influence 04.25.2018

Watchdogs Raise Questions About Elorza Administration’s Improper Payments to Lobbyist

Jorge Elorza’s administration has been making improper payments to campaign donor and State House lobbyist Joe Walsh’s firm, Government Strategies, for the past year. The $33,000 in total payments were not approved through the City’s bidding process — the Board of Contract and Supply — nor is there a contract in place between the lobbying firm and the City.

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