After examining the most recent campaign filings at the Rhode Island Board of Elections, the Independent candidate for Senate District 13, Sav Rebecchi, is demanding that his opponent, Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed explain why she reportedly has accepted over a quarter of a million dollars in campaign contributions from outside of the district.

Rebechhi has released the following press release and information;

After examining the most recent campaign filings at the Rhode Island Board of Elections, the Independent candidate for Senate District 13, Sav Rebecchi, is demanding that his opponent, Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed explain why she has accepted over a quarter of a million dollars in campaign contributions from outside of the district, an amount that represents 94% of her campaign receipts since the last election in 2014.

Additionally, a detailed analysis of her pattern of fundraising event schedules reveals a strategy that takes advantage of In-Session fund raising events that are held in Providence and not in her home district of Newport and Jamestown where they are not as profitable.

Starting in 2009 when she become Senate President, the data clearly shows that an overwhelming amount of the contributions to her campaign came while the General Assembly was in session when compared to out-of-session proceeds. In 2015 just after being elected for the twelfth time, her In-Session events preparing for the next race two years away raised $146,000 from special interests, lobbyists and PACs compared to a paltry $2,800 during the six months after the session ended.

Independent candidate Sav Rebecchi stated, “How does my opponent expect us to believe that 100% of her efforts are focused on our district’s needs when, not only has she taken on the responsibilities of running the Senate Chamber and overseeing 11 Senate Committees, she has to contend with the requests from hundreds of out-of-district donors in addition to the lobbyists, special interests and PAC’s that buy tickets to her events to be in her favor?”

“The money making machine she has in place allows her an enormous advantage over any potential opponent who does not have an In-Session window to attract donors,” continued Rebecchi. “The tax free cash flow from campaign contributions, while legal, allows her to throw around tens of thousand on travel, dining out, and buying popularity with other legislators and non-profit organizations, in addition to employing one of the top campaign consultants in the country.”

“The bottom line is that the people in District 13 think they have a choice when the Senator has an opponent on the ballot when in reality they don’t,” emphasized Rebecchi. “In-session fundraising advantages allow her very ample resources to erroneously convince constituents that she’s doing it all for them. Enough is enough! We need campaign finance reform to give us a real choice to represent them. And District 13 deserves to be represented not by a politician continually focused on out-of-district special interests but someone who they know is squarely on their side.”

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