Fundraising & Populism in the 2010 Attorney General’s Race in Rhode Island

In the campaign for Rhode Island Attorney General, two candidates have struck up a decidely populist tone.

First, Steve Archambault criticized both a proposed Blue Cross rate hike and then a subsequent agreement reached on the rate hike between Blue Cross and current Attorney General Patrick Lynch.

“In these difficult economic times, a nearly double digit rate increase on individuals and families, including many self-employed people running small businesses, is unacceptable.  Too many Rhode Island families are already at the breaking point. Blue Cross should be sent back to the drawing board.”

Next, Joe Fernandez criticized National Grid and called on them to withdraw their request for an 11% rate increase:

“When a British corporation whose executives make $2.3 million a year demand that Rhode Islanders pay more for their services – in a wintertime recession – someone has to step up on behalf of Rhode Island consumers.” Fernandez said. “I call on Grid to withdraw its request, look internally for costs savings, and come back to the PUC after we crawl out of these tough times.”  “It’s clear that big corporations are working overtime to find ways to use our economic troubles to squeeze Rhode Island families-and are choosing the worst time to do it. As our next Attorney General, I’ll make sure they don’t get away with it.”

Meanwhile, the final fundraising numbers for 2010 are now official.  Here’s where things stand.

Steve Archambault (D)

  • Starting balance: $37,515.06
  • Raised: $39,320.00 (incl $25,000 personal loan)
  • Spent: $13,863.67
  • COH: $62,971.39

Joe Fernandez (D)

  • Starting balance: $111,503.06
  • Raised: $67,535.26
  • Spent: $22,387.70
  • COH: $156,640.72

Peter Kilmartin (D)

  • Starting balance: $54,967.47
  • Raised: $164,080.00 (incl $100,000 personal loan)
  • Spent: $9,669.54
  • COH: $209,377.93

Robert Rainville (D)

  • Starting balance: Unk
  • Raised: Unk
  • Spent: Unk
  • COH: Unk

Erik Wallin (R)

  • Starting balance: $20,236.08
  • Raised: $4,401
  • Spent: $4,690.03
  • COH: $19,847.05
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One response to “Fundraising & Populism in the 2010 Attorney General’s Race in Rhode Island

  1. If it’s really about “TRUTH & JUSTICE”…. do NOT vote for Robert Rainville.

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