Colo. gay-marriage backer Gill, Bloomberg spend on GA races

50CAN’s DaPonte flier

With less than a week to go before the Sept. 11 General Assembly primaries, deep-pocketed out-of-state donors are spending large sums of money to swing races across Rhode Island.

Tim Gill, the wealthy Denver software entrepreneur known for quietly backing same-sex marriage drives from coast to coast, donated $20,000 on Sunday to a new group called People for Rhode Island’s Future.

The same organization got $15,000 from Esmond Harmsworth, a founding partner of Boston literary agency Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency and owner of the Four Winds estate on Newport’s Bellevue Avenue, as well as much smaller donations of $500 each from three other individuals.

People for Rhode Island’s Future spent $26,500 this week to support six pro-gay-marriage candidates (David Gorman, Gene Dyszlewski, Lewis Pryeor, Adam Satchell, Laura Pisaturo and Roberto DaSilva) and oppose six others on the ballot (Lou Raptakis, Frank Lombardi, Marc Cote, Michael Pinga, Michael McCaffrey and Dan DaPonte).

Another famous name – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – donated $160,500 on Aug. 11 to 50CAN Action Fund Inc., whose Rhode Island chapter supports changes to education policy, according to a R.I. Board of Elections filing. The group also got $50,000 from Jonathan Sackler, whose father co-founded Purdue Pharma, and $2,500 from local tech entrepreneur Angus Davis.

50CAN Action Fund said it spent $44,902 on Aug. 30 supporting four candidates in next week’s primary: DaPonte, Jon Brien, Maura Kelly and Mia Ackerman. The group’s Rhode Island chapter endorsed all of them except DaPonte.

The SEIU Local 1199 union reported spending $5,316 out of its own treasury supporting four of its favored candidates: Stephen Casey, Lew Pryeor, Gayle Goldin and Bob DaSilva.

  • http://blog.thephoenix.com/BLOGS/notfornothing/archive/2012/09/05/meri-director-says-he-s-unaware-of-new-gay-marriage-advocacy-group.aspx MERI director says he's unaware of new gay marriage advocacy group - Not For Nothing

    […] Island's Future, wading into state legislative races this week.The group – its existence was first reported by WPRI's Ted Nesi – is mostly funded by Colorado technology magnate Tim Gill and Boston literary agent Esmond […]

  • http://www.rifuture.org/progress-report-marriage-equality-and-corporate-education-spend-on-state-house-races-ri-has-budget-surplus-verizon-saves-yout-texts.html Progress Report: Marriage Equality and Corporate Education Spend on State House Races; RI Has Budget Surplus; Verizon Saves Yout Texts

    […] According to WPRI’s Ted Nesi: “People for Rhode Island’s Future spent $26,500 this week to support six pro-gay-marriage candidates (David Gorman, Gene Dyszlewski, Lewis Pryeor, Adam Satchell, Laura Pisaturo and Roberto DaSilva) and oppose six others on the ballot (Lou Raptakis, Frank Lombardi, Marc Cote, Michael Pinga, Michael McCaffrey and Dan DaPonte).” […]

  • http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/09/06/gay-marriage-group-snubs-kelly-despite-jabours-opposition/ Gay marriage group snubs Kelly despite Jabour’s opposition | WPRI.com Blogs

    […] for Rhode Island’s Future, a new pro-gay-marriage group funding primary challenges with money from wealthy Denver activist Tim Gill and the literary agent, is also remaining neutral […]

  • http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/09/06/three-ri-unions-drop-18000-on-primary-races-for-ga-towns/ Three RI unions drop $18,000 on primary races for GA, towns | WPRI.com Blogs

    […] Related: Colo. gay-marriage backer Gill, Bloomberg spend on GA races (Sept. […]

  • http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/09/09/mix-up-sends-education-reform-groups-mailers-to-wrong-voters/ Mix-up sends education reform group’s mailers to wrong voters | WPRI.com Blogs

    […] backers include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who’s donated $160,500 to the group. Tags: daniel daponte, house district 45, mia ackerman, rene menard, RI-CAN, Roberto […]

  • http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/09/12/fox-gay-marriage-vote-still-coming-despite-senate-status-quo/ Fox: Gay marriage vote still set for 2013 despite Senate losses | WPRI.com Blogs

    […] group backed by the Denver tech magnate Tim Gill, lost five of the six races it targeted after spending at least $26,500. Satchell was its only endorsed candidate who won. Tags: campaign 2012, daniel daponte, fight back […]

  • http://lsinfo.de/versandarten.html gratis monster cock porno

    I am extremely impressed together with your writing skills as well as with the structure for your blog. Is that this a paid subject or did you customize it your self? Anyway stay up the nice high quality writing, it’s rare to look a great weblog like this one today..

  • http://www.rifuture.org/i-learned-it-by-watching-you-jon.html I Learned It By Watching You, Jon!

    […] Ted Nesi noted, this group — the 50CAN Action Fund2 — received $160,500 from Michael Bloomberg, the […]

blog comments powered by Disqus