NEW: Cianci’s Lawyer Files Elections Complaint Over Elorza, York, and Others

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 

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Vincent "Buddy" Cianci

Lawyers for Buddy Cianci's mayoral campaign have filed a complaint with the Board of Elections over "specific violations and irregularities as perpetuated by Priorities PVD, a group of people organized with the intent to advocate against Independent Candidate for Mayor of Providence Vincent A. Cianci, Jr. and for the election of Candidate Jorge Elorza".

Kelly & Mancini PC, Attorneys at Law filed the complaint against Elorza, York and Priorities PVD which asserts that York and Priorities PVD have violated the Rhode Island Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act (Act) by having formed a Political Action Committee (PAC) or some type of organization without filing a Notice of Formation with the RI Board of Elections or registering as a PAC with the Secretary of State and failing to file any campaign finance reports.

The complaint also claims that York and Priorities PVD have acted in conjunction with Elorza’s campaign in violation of the Act, and demands that the Board exercise its powers and order that Myrth York and Priorities PVD cease and desist from their actions. 

Motions Filed

Along with the Complaint, today’s filing also includes:

•             A Motion for Injunctive Relief, requesting that the Board of Elections conduct an emergency hearing and issue a cease and desist of the activities perpetuated by Providence PVD; and

•             A Motion for the issuance of a subpoena, requesting that the Board utilize its powers to permit for the petitioner to issue a subpoena to obtain specific information. 

The Motion specifically requests a hearing as soon as possible due to the fact that the election is now less than two weeks away.

 

Related Slideshow: Cianci Donors

Take a look at the good, bad and infamous who have donated to Cianci in the most recent campaign finance report.

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Quinn's Widow

Katherine Quinn

$1,000 (in-kind)

The widow of Academy Award winning actor Anthony Quinn has made two $500 in-kind donations to the Cianci effort.

Anthony Quinn lived his later life in RI and became good friends with Cianci before his death in 2001.

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Sundlun

Joe Agostenelli

$1,000

The former business leader ran a plethora of businesses in RI and ultimately ran Bruce Sundlun's office as Chief of Staff.

Agostenelli once ran the Midland Record chain in RI. He now lives in Narragansett.

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Baccari

Richard Baccari

$1,000

The son of the developer who is now under indictment, the younger Baccari is also a Providence developer.

He lives on the East Side and has built out buildings like the Fox Point home for the club Vanity and now BENRUS.

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Farm Bureau

Al Bettencourt

$50

Bettencourt has been the leader of the RI Farm Bureau for decades. While Providence does not have much farmland, Bettencourt is a Burrillville resident. 

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Ni-Ro-Pe

Nick Cardi

$1,000

One of the famous Cardi brothers of cliche commercial and furniture retail fame is on the list.

The furniture brothers do not have a store in Providence and the chain now has its HQ in Swansea, MA. 

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General's Wife

Linda Centracchio

$100

Linda Centracchio is listed as retired. Her husband is the former Adjutant General of the RI National Guard and once the GOP candidate for Lt. Governor.

The Centracchios live in Scituate.

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GPub Developer

David Corsetti

$1,000

If you like the GPub downtown or the Roof Top at Providence G, then Corsetti is the guy to thank. He was the developer who transformed the gas company building from decayed and vacant into one of the best rehabs in the City of Providence.

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Venda

Alan Costantino

$1,000

The family Costantino who owns Venda Ravioli is all in on Cianci. A number of members of the Costantino family have given $1,000 to Cianci - Venda employees named Costantino total $6,000 in donations.

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DeSimone

Doug DeSimone

$500

Herb DeSimone's son Doug has donated to Cianci. The senior DeSimone who died this past year was Attorney General in RI, came close to winning the Governor's office and was the peacemaker in Cianci's infamous beating of developer Ray DeLeo.

DeSimone came to Cianci's house and calmed the chaos. The incident lead to Cianci being convicted of a felony and having to resign the office (the first-time).

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Faxon

Brad Faxon

$500

RI native and golfing great is the leader of the CVS Charity effort. Over the years, the CVS Classic has raised over $17 million.

Faxon is a Rhode Island athletic great.

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Gov's Son

Tom DiPrete

$250

While his brother Dennis has given to Jorge Elorza, younger brother Tom is supporting Cianci.

The Cranston-based attorney is the youngest son of former Governor Ed DiPrete.

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Italian Consulate

Ronald DelSesto

$500

The long-time Cianci supporter is sometime lawyer.

DelSesto is RI's Italian Consulate and his reserved parking space is often filled by his German Mercedes. 

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Councilwoman

Josephine DiRuzzo

$1,000

Former Providence City Council member and staffer to the General Treasurer has always been a strong supporter to Cianci.

This time she is all in with a $1,000 donation.

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Gilbane

William Gilbane

$1,000

A top executive with the mega construction company. Gilbane family is ranked as one of the 9 richest in New England with over $1.4 billion in assets. 

Other members of the family are covering the political bets by donating to Elorza.

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Radio

Barbara Haynes

$200

Cianci's former boss at WPRO-AM, Haynes is the General Manager to the Cumulus cluster in Providence.

Haynes is covering her bets. If Cianci loses, she needs him back. WPRO still calls the radio show now hosted by Tara Granahan, "The Buddy Cianci Show."

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Lobbyist

Nick Hemond

$125

The emerging State House lobbyist ran Gordon Fox's re-election campaign in 2012.

Now, he is a political consultant and lobbyist.

He has worked for Solomon and many others. Now, he seems to be leaning towards Cianci.

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Lupo's

Rich Lupo

$250

Lupo has been one of the biggest club owners and concert promoters in Providence's history.

He owns a number of venues and was one of the first to invest in downtown Providence.

The Brown grad is betting on Cianci's return.

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Trinity Star

Barbara Meek

$1,000

The long-time Trinity star was once a co-star on Archie Bunker's Place on CBS.

Meek has appeared in more than 100 Trinity productions.

She is the senior member of the Rhode Island arts community.

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PC Great

Nehru King

$1,000

PC's greatest teams featured Ernie D., Marvin, Kevin, and Nehru King. 

King now works for the Woonsocket School Department. He has donated two $500 contributions to Cianci's effort.

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Joe the Barber

Joe Muschiano

$300

Joe the Barber broke onto the political landscape during Bruce Sundlun's tenure. He has been a fixture on talk radio for decades.

The barber is putting his money on Cianci.

 

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