PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s Republican party chairman has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission about Gov. Gina Raimondo’s fundraising deal with a local Democratic group headed by a state employee.
The Providence Journal reports state GOP Chairman Brandon Bell filed the complaint Wednesday, saying the agreement “is not in compliance,” with federal joint fundraising activities.
Raimondo’s re-election team worked with state human services employee Patrick Ward, then chairman of the Providence Democratic City Committee, to provide another place for her maxed-out donors to give money.
The Rhode Island Ethics Commission previously dismissed a state GOP ethics complaint against Raimondo.
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Raimondo’s campaign lawyer, Jonathan Berkon, denied wrongdoing and said the pact was “akin to the kind of coordinated campaign that the state Democratic Party runs each election season.”
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com