Every Friday, RI Relevant’s Joanne Giannini breaks down what’s in and what’s out concerning Rhode Island. Joanne Giannini is a former State Representative from Providence. A freelance journalist, consultant and writer, she has previously written commentary for The Providence journal, GolocalProv and WPRO radio.
What's In - Elorza's Awesome Fundraising
Campaign reports were due this week and Mayor Jorge Elorza is the “Leader of the pack” with a whopping $664,000 in campaign funds. His opponent, Kobi Dennis, has raised $18,700, but has just $2,600.00 left, according to reports on WPRI. Governor Gina Raimondo has raised over $3.3 million dollars. Her opponents including Allan Fung, Patricia Morgan, Giovanni Feroce, and Joe Trillo trail. Fung is her closest trailer, with approximately $247,000 in his war chest. One has to ask the question, ‘how much do campaigns really cost?’ People have spent millions and won. But people have spent millions and lost as well. I can’t believe when our election laws were formulated that our forefathers were thinking raising millions of dollars was a key to winning.