Doherty opens up RI-1 cash advantage; Cicilline spends $491KAugust 30th, 2012 at 10:13 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Campaign finance reports filed Thursday night show Republican Brendan Doherty has taken the lead in the campaign cash race for the first time this cycle.
Doherty’s campaign had $609,380 on hand as of Aug. 22, while Democratic Congressman David Cicilline had $483,454, Federal Election Commission filings show. Anthony Gemma, Cicilline’s opponent in the Sept. 11 Democratic primary, had $24,991.
All three campaigns spent heavily between July 1 and Aug. 22, particularly Cicilline’s, the reports show. The Democrat shelled out $491,574 over the past month and a half, bringing his total campaign spending this cycle to $1.3 million.
Gemma spent $202,070 over the same period, while Doherty – who doesn’t face a primary – spent $171,866. However, Cicilline also continued to stockpile more money than his rivals, bringing in $142,225 during the period against Doherty’s $111,059 and Gemma’s $62,719.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $2,500 to Cicilline on July 23, the filings show. The two men served together for eight years as Northeastern city mayors. Retired CVS Caremark CEO Thomas Ryan contributed another $2,000 to Doherty this month, bringing the Republican’s total donations from Ryan to $4,500.
A separate filing by Gemma showed he loaned his campaign another $150,000 last Friday, giving him a new infusion of cash. Gemma said his campaign’s debts stood at $341,132 prior to the new loan.