Tens of thousands of dollars continue to pour into the campaign coffers of Democratic Congressman David Cicilline and Republican challenger Brendan Doherty as Election Day draws near in Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District.
Cicilline, who was at a significant financial disadvantage to Doherty as of Oct. 17, appears to be getting significantly more last-minute cash than his opponent as individuals and corporate political action committees – some far from Rhode Island – try to swing the race.
Cicilline has received contributions in recent weeks from PACs associated with a number of companies: Textron ($2,000), Citizens Bank ($1,000), Entergy ($1,000), General Dynamics ($2,000), Verizon ($3,000), Honeywell ($2,500) and CDM Smith ($2,000). Doherty got $1,000 from Home Depot.
Cicilline also got PAC money from organized labor: the Service Employees International Union ($5,000), UNITE HERE ($3,000) and the Rhode Island AFL-CIO ($1,000). Doherty received no union money.
Both men got new support from other politicians. Cicilline’s contributions came from the PACs of former Congressman Patrick Kennedy ($4,800) and New Mexico Congressman Ben Luján ($1,000), while Doherty’s came from California Congressman Darrell Issa ($2,000), Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn ($1,000) and South Carolina congressional candidate Tom Rice ($1,000).
The two candidates also took in money from prominent Rhode Islanders.
Doherty received $1,000 each from Bryant University President Ron Machtley, who was the last Republican to hold the 1st District seat before he retired in 1994, and former U.S. Navy Secretary J. William Middendorf II, who lives in Little Compton. He also got $2,500 from Glenn Creamer, a senior managing director at Providence Equity Partners.
Cicilline received $1,000 from Alec Taylor, CEO of Foster Grant sunglasses maker FGX International; Donald Sweitzer, chairman of GTECH; Malcolm Farmer III, the prominent lawyer; and Joseph Walsh, the powerful local lobbyist. In addition, Cicilline got $1,000 from Jay Marciano, president and CEO of the London-based entertainment giant AEG Europe.
Other donations for Cicilline included $5,000 from NARAL Pro-Choice America; $4,976 from the Rhode Island Democratic State Committee; and $2,000 from the NACPAC Pro-Israel National Actional Committee.
Last week’s WPRI 12 poll showed Cicilline at 43% and Doherty at 42%, with 8% of voters still undecided.