(This story has been updated from an earlier version, reflecting campaign contributions posted on the state Board of Elections website on May 1)
Raising some $1.3 million during the first quarter of 2018, Gov. Gina Raimondo’s campaign war chest now exceeds $4.3 million. During the quarter, according to her campaign finance report filed late this afternoon, she received contributions from more than 1,000 donors, from coast to coast, including the likes of Michael Bloomberg in New York City.
The governor’s total far exceeds the combined campaign fund balances of the eight other candidates who have said they plan to run against her. Not only have her contributions come from virtually every corner of the country, they come from a wide variety of professions, including contractors, wealth managers, state employees, health care workers, and more.
Meanwhile, Raimondo has been assembling a sizeable campaign staff as she approaches a September primary that is likely to include three Democratic rivals. Republicans have what looks like a three-way primary race, with two independents waiting for the General Election. The field may also include a candidate from the Moderate Party.
Before this year’s first quarter, campaign finance records indicate the governor has been raising funds at a rate of some $500,000 per quarter. Her campaign fund will surely be nudging, if not exceeding, $6 million by the primary election.
Cranston Mayor Alan Fung, who lost in a relatively close race to Raimondo last election, raised some $190,000 during the first quarter, bringing his campaign fund total to $315,827. Fung has been critical of Raimondo raising considerable funds from out of state donors. Fung’s report shows that he received contributions from several Cranston city and school committee employees.
Republican Patricia Morgan, the House of Representatives minority leader, received $76,000 in contributions during the first quarter, plus a $25,000 loan. Her total campaign funds rose to $185,054.
Independent Joseph Trillo, who spent more than decade as a Republican in the state House of Representatives and was President Trump’s Rhode Island campaign manager, reported a campaign fund balance of $123,100 at the end of the first quarter. That total includes $100,000 he loaned his campaign. The other independent, Louis-Daniel Munoz, who said he has just begun his fundraising, had a campaign fund balance of $488.
Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, who is running for reelection and faces a difficult primary against two-time state Rep. J. Aaron Regunberg, D-Providence, was outdistanced in first quarter fundraising by Regunberg. McKee received $43,735 from individual contributions and $2,700 from Political Action Committees during the first quarter of 2018, bringing his campaign balance to $160,059.
Regunberg reported raising $97,817 from individual contributions and $10,000 from Political Action Committees, bringing his campaign fund balance to $348,195.
Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello, D-Cranston, also had a good first quarter, raising $154,356 from individual contributors and $32,400 from Political Action Committees. After spending more than $58,000 in campaign expenses during the first quarter, Mattiello was left with a campaign fund balance of $395,243.
The campaign fundraising leader in the legislature has been House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, who raised $91,540 from individuals in the first quarter of 2018, and $14,700 from Political Action Committee, bringing his total campaign fund account to $730,995.
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