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AG Kilmartin Keeps Political Donations From Convicted Politicians

Monday, March 06, 2017


Attorney General Peter Kilmartin

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has accepted and kept thousands of dollars in campaign donations from public officials that have been convicted or have pleaded guilty to significant financial corruption charges. 

Kilmartin has been in the spotlight for the failed criminal investigation into the collapse of 38 Studios. On Thursday, the Rhode Island State Police released thousands of pages of documents relating to the interviews conducted as a part of the case. 

According to Rhode Island campaign finance reports, Kilmartin accepted thousands of dollars from Speaker Gordon Fox, former State Representative John McCauley, and former House Finance Committee Chairman Raymond Gallison. All three legislators plead, served or are scheduled to serve time in federal prison.

Kilmartin received just under three thousand dollars in donations from the three and despite the disposition of their cases and ultimate convictions, campaign finance documents show that Kilmartin refunded none of the donations.

Efforts to reach him were unsuccessful. The phone number listed on his campaign finance reports in no longer in service. 

In the time period he accepted the donations for prosecuted public officials and failed to return the donations, he did make certain adjustments to his campaign finance reports, but none included Fox, McCauley or Gallison. 

Three donations from Gordon Fox

38 Studios 

The documents released by the State Police regarding the 38 Studios investigation included the interviews with members of the House of Representatives who voted for the financing scheme — the $125 million Loan Guarantee Legislation that funded 38 Studios.

State Police interview notes released did not include any documentation of Kilmartin’s interview.

Kilmartin had been the House Majority Whip in the leadership team of then-Speaker of the House Bill Murphy and Majority Leader  Fox just months before the passage of the controversial legislation.


Convicted Politicians Donations to Kilmartin


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