Hearing on 38 Studios lobbying questions ends

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A hearing at the Rhode Island State House into possible lobbying violations involving 38 Studios has come to an end.

Dealmaker Michael Corso is accused of lobbying for the failed gaming company, but not registering as a lobbyist.

Corso is an historic tax and film credit broker and friend to former House Speaker Gordon Fox. The former speaker is under state and federal investigation.

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis ordered the hearings.

Mollis is running for lieutenant governor, and Corso's attorney claims the hearings are all for show during the election season.

A decision is expected on Sept. 10.

"We are not going to waste any more taxpayer resources. Mr. Corso has chosen not to appear at our hearings. So we are moving forward and seeking a maximum fine for not filing lobbying reports," Mollis said in a statement.