Decision 2014: Fundraising figures for RI statewide offices
CRANSTON, R.I. —
Elections run on money.
And while the most money doesn't always win, politicians all need to have it to get their message out to voters.
The leading fundraiser in Rhode Island is a candidate who has not even announced. General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, has $2.3 million on hand and raised more than $200,000 in the last quarter. She's expected to run for governor.
One Democrat who's already in the race is Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. He has $759,000 on hand and raised $155,000 last quarter.
On the Republican side, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has $337,000 in his war chest, and raised $102,000 in the last quarter. He's expected to announce a run for governor on Monday.
Beating Taveras to the punch however, former Moderate Party chairman Ken Block has $548,000 with $500,000 of it coming from his own resources.
All of the rest of the statewide candidates are Democrats. No Republicans have announced yet.
There's a likely primary for lieutenant governor between Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee. Both have hinted they're going for the second highest position in the state.
Mollis raised $45,000 last quarter and has $47,000 on hand. McKee has $176,000 in his war chest and raised $26,000 last quarter.
There are two announced candidates for secretary of state, Guillaume de Ramel has $439,000 on hand and has loaned himself $100,000. Nellie Gorbea has $103,000 and raised $54,000 in the last three months.
It looks like the general treasurer's race will be competitive with three Democrats having already announced.
Ernie Almonte was the first to declare and has $205,000. Frank Caprio has $192,000 after loaning himself $200,000 and raising none last quarter. Newcomer Seth Magaziner has $98,000 after raising $104,000.
It's still the preseason for 2014, but this is one measure of the candidates' support.