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Amo campaign hits $1M in fundraising, Leonard puts in another $50K of his own money

BY: - October 27, 2023

Democrat Gabe Amo continues to flex his fundraising muscle over Republican rival Gerry Leonard Jr. in the final stretch before the 1st Congressional District special election, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission. Amo raised $167,473 between Oct. 1 and 18, bringing his grand total of individual and political action committee donations to […]

Latest FEC reports show fundraising divide for CD1 candidates

BY: - October 16, 2023

As the campaign for Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District enters its final three weeks, Democrat Gabe Amo has the financial edge over Republican opponent Gerry Leonard, according to the latest reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Reports reflecting fundraising and spending from Aug. 17 to Sept. 30 were due Sunday. The day after […]

The two Republican CD1 candidates have been pretty quiet. There’s a reason for that.

BY: - September 1, 2023

Fraud investigations. Allegations of illegal super PAC coordination. Vocal debates. And one of the biggest spenders dropping out with a little more than a week before the Sept. 5 primary In the leadup to the Sept. 5 primary, Democrats seeking to fill the open seat for Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District certainly have drawn their […]

More than $1.7M spent on broadcast ads in CD1 race

BY: - August 25, 2023

As primary day in Rhode Island nears, the airwaves war in the race to represent the 1st Congressional District is heating up — and getting costly. As of Aug. 25, five Democratic candidates and three political action committees (PAC) have collectively spent $1.74 million on more than 6,000 advertisements across Rhode Island’s broadcast TV stations, […]

Spending ramps up ahead of CD1 primary

BY: - August 25, 2023

The clock is ticking down until the Sept. 5 special congressional primary, which means the spending is ramping up among the 14 candidates vying for the open seat. Leading the pack is Democrat Don Carlson, who spent more than half a million dollars on his campaign according to the latest reports filed with the Federal […]

Matos campaign alleges ‘illegal coordination’ in Regunberg Super PAC funding

BY: - August 18, 2023

As criticism continues over the Super PAC boosting Aaron Regunberg’s congressional campaign, a rival candidate is asking federal election regulators to investigate. Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos’ campaign on Friday filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission, alleging illegal coordination between Regunberg and Progress Rhode Island. The Super PAC created by Regunberg’s father-in-law has […]

RI Republicans call for FEC investigation of Abney campaign loan

BY: - July 26, 2023

Rhode Island Republicans are asking federal election regulators to investigate a top state lawmaker for allegedly breaking campaign finance laws. The complaint against Rhode Island House Finance Chairman Marvin Abney, a Newport Democrat, comes after recent second-quarter financial reports revealed that Abney accepted a $50,000 personal loan toward his 1st Congressional District campaign. Abney has […]

CD1 campaign finance reports highlight haves and have-nots in crowded race

BY: , and - July 18, 2023

Jamestown investor Don Carlson is flaunting his deep pockets in the 1st Congressional District race by pouring $600,000 into his own campaign, according to newly published federal campaign finance reports.  Thanks to that six-figure personal loan, Carlson, a Democrat, closed the second quarter with the biggest war chest: $769,988. That’s nearly double the amount of […]

U.S. House Republicans pass overhaul of federal elections system out of committee

BY: - July 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — On a party-line vote, the U.S. Committee on House Administration on Thursday night passed a bill that would enact strict new voting laws for states, such as requiring copies of IDs for voting by mail, and set penalties for states that allow voting by noncitizens in local elections. The 224-page bill, H.R. 4563, […]

Could it be magic? Barry Manilow among donors in CD1 special election

BY: - April 19, 2023

Mixed in among the familiar business moguls and political leaders who have donated to candidates in the Rhode Island 1st Congressional District race, one name stands out: Barry Manilow. The 79-year-old soft rock superstar known for ’70s hits like “Copacabana” and “Mandy” donated $3,300 to Nicholas Autiello’s campaign, according to first-quarter fundraising reports filed with […]