Three RI unions drop $18,000 on primary races for GA, townsSeptember 6th, 2012 at 3:14 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Outside groups continue to ramp up their spending with just days to go before next Tuesday’s primary elections for the General Assembly and other offices.
The Rhode Island AFL-CIO and the state’s two teachers unions – the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers – disclosed Thursday that they spent $18,000 this week under the banner of the “Working Families Coalition” in a push to swing more than a dozen elections around the state.
NEARI contributed $10,000, the AFT contributed $5,000 and the AFL-CIO contributed $3,000. The entire $18,000 was spent with All the Answers Inc., a Warwick-based firm whose president is Paul Sasso.
The unions said they’re spending money to support the following candidates: Ray Hull, Spencer Dickinson, Lauri Archambault, Rene Menard, Mike Morin, Steve Casey, William O’Brien, Joseph Faria, William San Bento, Charles Tsonos, Gregg Amore, John Hanley, Gayle Goldin, Paul Jabour, Adam Satchell, Lewis Pryeor, Nicole Acciardo, Michael McCaffrey, David Gorman, Terrence Mercer, Ray Spooner, Alan Tenreiro, Michael Araujo, Nicole Nordquist, Sandra Cano and Jay Charbonneau.
They said they’re also spending money to defeat a small group of legislative incumbents and challengers: Kathleen Fogarty, Mia Ackerman, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Jon Brien, Michael Pinga, Marc Cote and Lou Raptakis.
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