Local candidates show their ‘war chests’ as Election Day approaches

Posted 11/4/18

As humorist Will Rogers once said, “Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.” That's as true today as it was then, and with the election right …

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Local candidates show their ‘war chests’ as Election Day approaches

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As humorist Will Rogers once said, “Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.” That's as true today as it was then, and with the election right around the corner, we’ve looked into finance reports to see what several local candidates have on hand.

The following information is limited to funds reported as received between Jan. 1 and Oct 8, 2018. Information includes total donations from individuals and PACs during that period, with names and amounts of contributions from three of the largest PAC donations (where there are three or more, which is not the case with all candidates).

Two of the candidates show open violations for late filings; Mr. Ascencao filed his report, due July 31, a day late on Aug. 1; Ms. Calise filed her report, due Oct. 9, 4 days late on Oct. 13.

House District 69: Susan Donovan (D) vs. Douglas Gablinske (I)

Donovan

Individual contributions: $7,195

PAC contributions: $4,495

  • AFL CIO: $550
  • Teamsters PAC: $200
  • Planned Parenthood RI PAC: $500

Gablinske

Individual contributions: $7,100

PAC contributions: $1,000

  • Providence Chamber PAC: $1,000

House District 68: Laufton Ascencao (D) vs. William Hunt (L)

Ascencao

Individual contributions: $15,900

PAC contributions: $3,250

  • Planned Parenthood RI PAC: $500
  • United Auto Workers PAC: $500

Energize RI Climate Action PAC: $500

Hunt

Individual contributions: $1,905

PAC contributions: $1,000

  • Libertarian Party Of RI: $750
  • RI Trucking Association: $250

Senate District 11: James Seveney (D) vs. Stephanie Calise (R)

Seveney

Individual contributions: $1,325

PAC contributions: $2,650

  • Planned Parenthood RI PAC: $500
  • Amalgamated Transit Union: $400

Energize RI Climate Action PAC: $200

Calise

Individual contributions: $1,795

PAC contributions: $100

  • RI Republican Cons. Caucus: $100


Senate District 32: Cynthia Coyne (D) vs. David Aucoin (R)

Coyne

Individual contributions: $7,660

PAC contributions: $5,400

  • Prov. Fire Fighters Local 799: $1,000
  • Prov. Fire Fighters Public Safety: $500
  • Energize RI Climate Action PAC: $200

Aucoin

Individual contributions: $2,299

PAC contributions: $0

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