Raimondo’s campaign war chest hits $1.5M

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo continues to stockpile cash as she looks ahead to her 2018 re-election campaign.

Raimondo had $1.54 million in her campaign account as of Sept. 30, according to a filing late Monday with the R.I. Board of Elections.

The first-term governor’s cash on hand rose by $90,000 compared with three months earlier, a relatively modest increase for her, after she spent much of the $159,000 she raised during the quarter on items such as airline tickets and food for fundraisers. In fact, it was her lowest quarterly fundraising haul since she took office.

Raimondo’s donors included David B. Ford, the former Goldman Sachs executive who hosted GOP vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence at his Newport mansion last month for a fundraiser to benefit Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Ford gave $1,000 to Raimondo on Aug. 2.

Among Rhode Island’s other general officers, all of whom are Democrats, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee raised just $250 and finished the quarter with $61,000; Attorney General Peter Kilmartin raised $1,500 and finished with $33,000; Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea raised $18,000 and finished with $50,000; and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner raised $45,000 and finished with $187,000.

Campaign-finance reports for candidates on the ballot Nov. 8, such as individuals currently running for seats in the General Assembly, are not due until Tuesday.

Ted Nesi (tnesi@wpri.com) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com. He writes The Saturday Morning Post and hosts Executive Suite. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram