GOP RI-1 candidate Doherty raises $130K in third quarter

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Rhode Island State Police Col. Brendan Doherty raised more than $130,000 for his Republican U.S. House campaign during the third quarter, WPRI.com has confirmed.

Doherty raised the money from July 1 through Sept. 30, Doherty spokesman Dante Bellini told WPRI.com on Friday afternoon. It does not include any personal funds, he said.

Doherty kicked off his campaign in May after stepping down as colonel in March. The third-quarter receipts bring the total amount of money he’s raised so far this year to roughly $385,000. Doherty also made a personal loan of $50,000 to his campaign.

Doherty started the quarter with a big financial advantage over former state Rep. John Loughlin, his opponent for the Republican 1st Congressional District nomination. Doherty’s campaign had $270,233 on hand while Loughlin’s had $302 as of June 30, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Loughlin’s third-quarter fundraising numbers likely won’t be finalized until late next week, spokesman Mike Napolitano told WPRI.com. Loughlin is currently serving in Iraq and has yet to formally announce his campaign. Napolitano said Loughlin’s fundraising will ramp up once he returns from overseas.

Doherty and Loughlin are vying for the chance to take on Congressman David Cicilline in next November’s election. Third-quarter fundraising numbers for Cicilline, a first-term Democrat, won’t be available until next week at the earliest, spokeswoman Nicole Kayner told WPRI.com.

Bellini cautioned that the $130,000 figure is a preliminary estimate. Candidates are required to file their next fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15.

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