Elorza plans to donate campaign contributions from accused killer

Mayor Jorge Elorza signs his his first budget into law. (Photo by Dan McGowan/WPRI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza plans to donate two small campaign contributions he received from accused killer Graig Bustillo over the last two years.

Elorza will contribute $170 to the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, according to a spokesperson with his campaign committee.

Both of the campaign contributions came before Bustillo’s April 20 arrest in connection with the death of Kerry Mello, a Cranston man whose dismembered body was found in the water off Westport, Massachusetts last August. Bustillo, Albert and Jamie Barriera, and Francisco Concepcion are accused of murder, dismemberment and conspiracy.

A WPRI.com review of campaign filings with the R.I. Board of Elections shows Bustillo contributed $100 to Elorza’s campaign on March 19, 2014 and another $70 on March 25, 2016.

On March 7, the Providence Board of Contract and Supply awarded Bustillo’s construction company, True Quality Construction, Inc., a $15,000 contract to review affordable housing developments in the city. Evan England, a spokesperson for Mayor Elorza, said the city has withdrawn the contract and no funds were distributed.

Elorza’s campaign reported $203,875 cash on hand as of March 31 in a disclosure filed with the board Monday night.

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Dan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @danmcgowan


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