By Tim White and Ted Nesi
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – R.I. Secretary of State Ralph Mollis has launched an investigation into potential violations of the state’s lobbying rules involving failed video-game company 38 Studios in response to findings brought to him by Target 12.
A Target 12 review of the state’s database shows no one from 38 Studios ever registered to lobby state lawmakers or the executive branch during the years the firm, founded by former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, was known to be active in Rhode Island: 2010 to 2012.
When Target 12 first asked Mollis why his office – which oversees the registration of lobbyists – never investigated 38 Studios’ failure to register anyone, the secretary of state attributed it to the fact that no one ever filed a complaint with his office. He also said he did not have “absolute knowledge” that 38 Studios insiders had lobbied state officials under the law.
Within 24 hours, however, Mollis reached out to say he’d changed his mind.