Rhode Island State Board of Elections

For the latest campaign finance disclosures, go here.

For the campaign finance disclosure calendar, go here.

Note on the disclosures: Ballot advocacy disclosures tend to be incomplete.  They may be most reliable as an indicator of advertising purchased with cash. Organizations can send countless communications to their members without reporting an expenditure. But if the organization purchases a Facebook ad to reach out to non-members, it has to be disclosed.  Staff time to run an advocacy campaign is generally not disclosed, perhaps because it isn’t practical to distinguish between time spent on an advocacy campaign and other pursuits.  After 2004, the Rhode Island ACLU sued the State Board of Elections (American Civil Liberties Union v. Rhode Island Board of Elections, C.A. No. 04-487-T) when the State Board of Elections queried it about inadequate disclosures.  The ACLU observed that it receives general funding from groups (such as its coalition partners) and cannot allocate how much of that funding goes to a particular ballot advocacy campaign.

Vote Yes Campaign

November 4, 2014

Matthew Schweich, $300

November 3, 2014

Matthew Schweich, $1,901.20

October 30, 2014

Timothy Murphy, $1,000

October 29, 2014

Angus Davis, $2,000

October 3, 2014

Alan Hassenfeld, $12,500

September 25, 2014

Aram Garabedian, $1,000

September 18, 2014

Aram Garabedian, $5,000

September 14, 2014

Timothy Murphy, $1,000

June 30, 2014

John Hazen White, Jr., $23,000 (an in-kind, not a cash, contribution)*

John Hazen White, $15,000

*This was for a billboard.  The matching billboard by the no campaign was not reported as either a contribution or expenditure.

Vote No Campaign

November 3, 2014

National Education Association PAC for Education, $10,000

International Brotherhood of Teamsters, $5,000

Woonsocket Teachers Guild, $1,000

October 27, 2014

Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals Solidarity Fund (RIFTHP), $5,000

Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Unions (RIACLU), $5,000

October 20, 2014

National Education Association PAC for Education, $10,000

October 15, 2014

New England Laborers Management Trust, $10,000

Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, $2,500

Rhode Island Brotherhood of Police Officers, $2,500

October 6, 2014

Teamsters Local 251, $5,000

October 2, 2014

Rhode Island AFL-CIO COPE, $5,000

Rhode Island AFL-CIO, $10,000

October 1, 2014

Iron Workers Local 37 Target Fund, $2,000

West Warwick Teachers’ Alliance, $1,000

Cranston Teachers’ Alliance, $1,000

August 12, 2014

United Nurses & Allied Professionals, $3,000

Rhode Island Hospital United Nurses & Allied Professionals, $2,500

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Rhode Island State Council, $300

August 11, 2014

Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, $2,000

August 8, 2014

Rhode Island Association for Justice, $10,000

July 10, 2014 (first filing date; not the contribution date)

District 1199 SEIU, $4,000 (May 22, 2014)

United Food and Commercial Workers Defense Fund, $5,000 (May 22, 2014)

AFSCME AFL-CIO People PAC, $10,000 (May 15, 2014)

United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP), $10,000 (May 7, 2014)

Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Unions (RIACLU), $10,000 (May 1, 2014)

Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals Solidarity Fund (RIFTHP), $10,000 (May 1, 2014)

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, $10,000 (April 3, 2014)

Total for Citizens for Responsible Government on July 10, 2014: $59,000

*RIACLU sued the Rhode Island State Board of Elections in 2004 with regard to multiple campaign finance disclosure issues, including the disclosure of the entities that funded its contributions opposing the referendum to convene a state constitutional convention.