Opinion: RI Gov’s Ethical Push Undermined by Fundraiser with Government Contractor

Go Local Prov: “Just four days after her inauguration, Rhode Island attorney Jon Savage, sent out a fundraising email stating that was hosting a luncheon at the prestigious University Club, located in; you guessed it, Providence’s East Side. The event took place last Thursday. Anyone and everyone were welcome, as long as they had a check for $1,000 written out to the Governor’s campaign account in hand.

“The email states that Governor Raimondo will go on to do great things as Governor, but to do so she needs the “continued support” of donors. Why does Raimondo need campaign contributions to do great things is beyond comprehension?

“It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Savage’s law firm, Shechtman Halperin Savage, have received state contracts in the past with entities such as the Commerce Corporation. Savage is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the RI Airport Corporation–an appointment that comes from the governor. By raising literally tens of thousands of dollars for the Governor, is it really that far of a stretch to call that pay to play?”

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