Magaziner leads the pack in fundraising for the 2022 RI Governor’s Race


PROVIDENCE – Treasurer General Seth Magaziner continued to lead the fundraising group among Democrats running for governor in 2022, raising $ 255,000 in the third quarter and ending with $ 1,580,419 in his campaign account.

Gov. Daniel J. McKee raised $ 154,200 during the quarter, ending with $ 800,682 on his campaign account, according to records filed with the state Council of Elections.

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea raised $ 154,000 during the quarter, ending with $ 749,284 in her campaign account.

Former Secretary of State Matt Brown raised $ 76,600 during the quarter, ending with $ 58,886 in his campaign account.

In a press release, Brown and State Senator Cynthia Mendes, a candidate for lieutenant governor on a list of candidates backed by the Rhode Island Political Cooperative, said they raised a combined total of 154 $ 047 in the third quarter. “Unlike Governor McKee, former business executive Helena Foulkes, Secretary of State Gorbea and the magazine treasurer, they don’t take any corporate PACs, corporate lobbyists, or money from fossil fuels,” indicates the press release.

Dr. Luis Daniel Muñoz raised $ 5,100 during the quarter, ending up with $ 5,600 in his campaign account.

Another Democrat, former CVS leader Helena B. Foulkes, just announced in October that she is going into the race, so she did not have to file a campaign fundraising report for the next quarter. ending September 30.

No new reports have been released for Republicans weighing a race for governor, including David A. Darlington and House Minority Leader Blake A. Filippi.

On Monday, the Magaziner campaign announced the launch of a formal finance committee co-chaired by former IGT president Donald R. Sweitzer and lawyer Victoria M. Almeida, the campaign treasurer.

Senator Samuel W. Bell, a providential Democrat, tweeted, “A comment from Magaziner on why he thinks it’s ethical to have a lobbyist for a major gambling company with major state-owned companies headlining its fundraising committee of funds? “

Magaziner’s campaign spokesperson declined to comment on Bell’s tweet.

Sweitzer was president of IGT, a multinational gambling company, and, prior to their merger, of GTECH. During the 2020 legislative session, he was listed as a $ 7,500 per month lobbyist for IGT and its affiliates.

Sweitzer was also treasurer of the Democratic Governors Association from December 2018 to December 2020. In April 2020, the State Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint alleging that former Governor Gina M. Raimondo had violated the Code of ethics by negotiating a 20-year non-offer project. extension of the lottery contract between the State and IGT. Former state Republican Party chairman Brandon S. Bell filed the lawsuit, claiming Raimondo was a business associate of Sweitzer.

Magaziner’s fundraising committee includes his father, Ira Magaziner, an advisor to former President Bill Clinton; Terrence Murray, former President and CEO of Fleet Bank; Arnold B. “Buff” Chase Jr., founder and managing partner of real estate developer Providence Cornish Associates; and Sarah T. Dowling, a lawyer Raimondo appointed to chair the Judicial Appointments Commission.


Edward Fitzpatrick can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @FitzProv.

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