Gov. Lincoln Chafee frequently says that the clearest sign he’s running for re-election is the fact that he continues to raise money for his campaign war chest. That makes his final campaign-finance report for 2012 another indication that he plans to stay in the race.
Chafee posted his second-best fundraising quarter since taking office, raising $92,287 from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 and boosting his campaign’s cash on hand to $315,902 at the close of the year, according to a report filed Thursday with the R.I. Board of Elections. The vast majority of Chafee’s donations – $88,402 – came from individuals.
Chafee’s donors for the fourth quarter included $1,000 from former Republican Party Chairman and Lieutenant Governor Bernard Jackvony; $1,000 from Barrington resident Alison Townsend; $1,000 from Providence Police Union lawyer Joe Rodio; and $1,000 from RDW Group partner Phillip Loscoe.
Other notable donors included Director of Labor and Training Charlie Fogarty, CCRI president Ray Di Pasquale, lobbyists Chris Vitale, Stephen Alves and Nick Hemond, and Guillaume de Ramel, who recently announced his plans to run for secretary of state in 2014.
Chafee still owes himself $1.61 million from his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Chafee’s chief rivals for the governor’s office, Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, haven’t reported their year-end fundraising numbers yet. As of Sept. 30, Raimondo had $1.1 million and Taveras had $267,163.
The numbers come the same day a new Public Policy Polling survey showed Chafee faces an uphill battle to win re-election and would have his best chance of winning a second term by running as a Democrat.
Dan McGowan contributed to this report.