RI Republican Party Files Ethics Complaint Against Raimondo
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The committee at the time was led by Patrick Ward, who was recently hired as a state employee by the Raimondo administration -- and has since resigned from his post as Committee Chair.
RI Republican Chairman Brandon Bell released the following statement:
“The secret agreement entered into between Raimondo’s campaign and Ward’s Providence Democratic City Committee is a financial transaction under Regulation 36-14-5011. Regulation 36-14-5011 prohibits Raimondo from entering into a financial transaction, including giving or receiving political contributions, with a subordinate. Governor Raimondo’s decision to enter into an agreement with a local party committee, whose chairman is a subordinate state employee, and was approved under secretive circumstances, is unusual. We anticipate that the facts when they are exposed will reveal that a sophisticated political operative on behalf of Raimondo proposed this scheme to Ward. The Ethics Commission should initiate an investigation and gather evidence in order to determine if Raimondo, either directly or through her agents, violated Regulation 36-14-5011.
After three years as Governor with her approval rating still at 40 percent, Raimondo has become desperate. She knows her only real advantage in this gubernatorial campaign is her ability to raise millions from wealthy out of state individuals. Raimondo will do whatever it takes to use this advantage. However, we cannot accept her use of taxpayer money to further her own political career. Hiring a local party leader as a state employee and then entering into a secret fundraising agreement with this subordinate goes too far and crosses an ethical line.”
Related Slideshow: GoLocal: Benchmark Poll, October 2017
Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?
Net: Approve: 28%
Definitely approve: 15%
Probably approve: 14%
Net: Reject: 67%
Probably reject: 19%
Definitely reject: 48%
Don't know: 4%
The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).
$50,000 or less: 27%
More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%
More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%
More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%
$150,000 or more: 13%
Don't know/refused: 17%
What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?
Black or African American: 6%
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