No decision yet in 38 Studios lobbying probe

Michael Corso, right, the Providence attorney who helped put together the 38 Studios deal, speaks outside his Providence law office in May 2014.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – No decision yet in a state probe into possible lobbying violations in the controversial 38 Studios deal.

Providence attorney Michael Corso has been the subject of several hearings called by Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis examining whether Corso failed to register as a lobbyist for Curt Schilling’s video game company.

The hearing officer hired by Mollis’ office – Louis DeSimone – said he would issue a decision by Sept. 10.

Mollis spokesperson Raina Smith said they have not received the decision as of Wednesday afternoon.

Corso’s attorney Anthony Traini also told Target 12 he has not yet been notified of any decision. He said he was told he would be emailed directly by DeSimone when it came down.

Mollis launched the probe in the wake of a Target 12 investigation that revealed no one from 38 Studios or hired by the company registered to lobby Rhode Island government when the controversial deal was being put together in 2010.

Target 12 also obtained a contract that showed the company pledged to pay Corso $300,000 to among several duties, interact with government officials.

Corso did not attend any of the hearings.

Anyone found to have violated the rules can be fined $2,000 for legislative lobbying and $1,000 for executive-branch lobbying.

Tim White ( twhite@wpri.com ) is the Target 12 investigative reporter for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter: @white_tim

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