Congressman David Cicilline is shelling out plenty of cash as he fights to keep his U.S. House seat.
Cicilline’s campaign has spent $831,932 over the last 18 months, using more than half the nearly $1.6 million in contributions he’s collected over the same period, according to a report he filed Sunday night with the Federal Election Commission.
Brendan Doherty, Cicilline’s Republican challenger and the frontrunner in the 1st District race, has spent $312,303 on his campaign, or about a third of the $931,448 in donations he’s collected since entering the race in May 2011, according to his FEC filing.
During the second quarter Cicilline spent $164,486, paying $15,076 to local campaign-finance expert Brett Smiley’s company; $13,500 to Rolla Group, a D.C. Democratic fundraising firm; $11,303 to Washington’s Feldman Group for polling; and $8,500 to “Lively Experiment” host Dyana Koelsch for communications help.
Like most campaigns, Cicilline’s also spent plenty of money on food from local establishments including Seven Stars Bakery, the Best Western Mainstay Inn, Centro, the Providence Biltmore, the Country Inn, Edwards Restaurant & Lounge and Pranzi Catering, as well as Bistro Bis Restaurant in Washington.
Doherty spent $105,756 during the second quarter, including $20,956 to Adams Point Consulting, the firm founded by former Rhode Island Republican Party chairman Gio Cicione. The Doherty campaign’s payments to Adams Point fell from $10,123 in April to $4,500 in June as campaign manager Ian Prior took over.
Doherty also spent $6,000 with prominent local Republican fundraiser Anthony Bucci; $5,500 with accountants Galvin & Associates in East Providence; $2,425 with Web firm Brave River Solutions in Warwick; $2,259 with the Bellwether Consulting Group, a GOP fundraising firm in Washington; and $2,115 with Virginia polling and media firm OnMessage Inc.
Doherty’s food spending ran the gamut from Dunkin Donuts, Honey Dew and Entemans Bakery to Bull Feathers Pub in Washington. He also bought refreshments at BJ’s Wholesale Club, Stop & Shop and Shaws.
The pace of spending is picking up for both campaigns as the election draws closer. Doherty’s spending used up 49% of his second-quarter contributions, while Cicilline’s spending used up about 55%.
Anthony Gemma, who is challenging Cicilline in the Sept. 11 Democratic primary, has spent $86,654 on his campaign, nearly all of it since April 1, his FEC filing shows. Gemma reported spending $10,500 on print advertising and $2,275 on radio advertising through his former company Mediapeel.