Raimondo’s war chest tops $600K; Fox raises more than $96KApril 30th, 2012 at 5:24 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
It looks safe to say Gina Raimondo will keep her crown as Rhode Island’s best-funded politician.
The treasurer received $101,965 worth of political contributions during the first three months of this year, according to a filing with the R.I. Board of Elections. That’s a big bump from the fourth quarter of 2011, when Raimondo raised a relatively modest $35,130.
Raimondo’s campaign war chest totaled $617,922 as of March 31, up from $528,095 on hand as of Dec. 31. Among those who donated to her was Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., a rising star in the Democratic Party who roomed with Raimondo’s husband at Yale Law School. Booker gave Raimondo $1,000 on March 8.
Raimondo recently hired Jackie Baginski as her new fundraiser. Barring a monster quarter by one of her fellow state politicians, she’ll still have a big lead in the money race. Raimondo’s closest competitor is former Attorney General Patrick Lynch, who had $335,711 on hand as of March 31.
Another Democrat who raised plenty of cash from January through March was House Speaker Gordon Fox. He received $96,280 worth of contributions, boosting his war chest to $231,593 as of March 31. Fox held his major fundraiser of the year on Jan. 26 at the Providence Marriott Downtown.
Among the familiar faces who gave money to Fox were Ernie Almonte, Frank Anzeveno, Larry Berman, George Caruolo, Patrick T. Conley, Joseph DeAngelis, Mark Dingley,Charlie Fogarty, Doug Gablinske, Christopher Gasbarro, Bob Goldberg, Alan Hassenfeld, Diane Hurley, Dennis Keefe, Ned Levine, Bill Lynch, A. Ralph Mollis, Francis X. McMahon, Bill Murphy, M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Dominick Ruggerio, Joe Shekarchi, Neil Steinberg, John Taylor, Joseph Walsh, John Hazen White, Tim Williamson and Gayle Wolf.
Fox also received $800 from the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund political action committee.
This post has been updated and expanded.