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Chafee Campaign Finance Report: Who’s Giving?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

 

Contributors to political campaigns don’t always get what they pay for. Just ask the RI State Nurses Association.

The trade association representing the state’s nurses made a contribution of $200 to Lincoln Chafee for Governor on March 1, according to the 2012 first-quarter finance report the Governor’s campaign submitted to the state Board of Elections. But on Thursday afternoon, Donna M. Policastro, the association’s president, was testifying against the Governor’s proposed municipal finance legislation, which she criticized over language that would replace certified nurse-teachers in schools with certified nurses, who she said generally earn larger salaries but have no experience with schools or pediatrics.

“We donated because we’ve supported some of his platform, including the need for a middle college for nursing,” she said, adding that the governor helped the public charter school, the RI Nurses Institute, open last year. The school is designed for high school students interested in nursing.

The association inducted Stephanie Chafee, the Governor’s wife, into its Hall of Fame last year, but the Governor’s series of bills targeting distressed communities and municipal pensions has left Policastro’s support wavering.

“We might not be as supportive of the Governor in the future,” she said.

Half-way through his term, what's in the bank?

The Governor’s campaign kitty reported just over $50,000 of income for the first quarter of 2012, $45,425 from individuals and $4,550 from political action committees. It also reported $34.373.53 in expenses, leaving the campaign with a balance of $208,566.85 with the next gubernatorial election 2½ years away.

Despite some pushback from the state’s unions, particularly those in the public sector, Chafee continued to enjoy solid support from union PACs. His PAC take included $1,000 from Iron Workers Local 37, $500 from the RI Laborers’ Public Employees PAC and $200 each from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2323, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 57, and RI Carpenters PAC. He also received $400 each from the RI Building Industry PAC, RI Medical PAC and Planned Parenthood Vote RI.

$1,000 donors

Georgia Chafee Nassikas, McLean, Va.; Elise Frick, New York City; Richard A. Licht, state Director of Administration and former Lieutenant Governor; Matthew Lopes, Pannone, Lopes, Devereaux, & West LLC, Providence; Louise Mauran, retired, Providence; J. Byrne Murphy, Kirkbrook Partners, Washington, D.C.; Pamela Murphy, Chevy Chase, Md.; John N. Nassikas, Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.; Jane S. Nelson, Providence; Sam Reid, Recon2, LLC, Kittery Point, Maine; Lorna Rodio, Massasoit Community College, Brockton, Ma.; Scott J. Scungio, Johnston.

Notable individual contributors

Charles Fogarty, current director of the Department of Employment and Training and former Lieutenant Governor, $250; Carolyn Murray, senior director, F/S Capital Consulting, $750; Maryellen Butke, director, RI-CAN, $200; Arnold B. “Buff” Chace, developer, Providence, $500; Paul Choquette, vice chairman, Gilbane Inc., $200; Bradford Dimeo, president, Dimeo Construction Co., $200; Malcolm Farmer III, lawyer, Hinckley, Allen and Snyder, $200; William Fischer, president, True North Communications, $200; Robert Flanders, former state Supreme Court chief justice and current Central Falls receiver, $200; Jeffrey Grybowski, chief administrative officer, Deepwater Wind, $200; Paul Lemont, former East Providence City Manager, $200; J. Lynn Singleton, PPAC president, $200; Joseph Walsh, lobbyist and former Warwick Mayor, $200; and Ellen Winsor, Jamestown Councilwoman, $200; Jeralud Adams, president, North American Industries, Central Falls, $250; Michael Carullo, self-employed contractor, Exeter, $100; Jack Feibelman, administrator, AFCO, Johnston, $500; William Maaia, lawyer, East Providence, $650; Peter Michaelson, executive secretary, North American Maritime Ministry, Niagara Falls, N.Y., $400; Julie Sturges, retired, Bristol, $50; Mary Tamborino, retired, Minnetonka, Minn., $50.

Major expenses

The Chafee campaign’s largest expenses included $12,500 from Trail Blazer Campaign Services Inc. of Golden Valley, Minn. for database and fundraising software, $6,861.36 to Waterman Grille of Providence for fundraiser expenses, and $2,507.86 to ProMail Etc. of Providence for fundraiser posters and mailing. It also paid fees to two consultants: $7,500 to Amy Gabarra of Providence and $2,100 to William R. Facente of Warwick.

 

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