Survey of RI Business in 2012 Campaign

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Survey of RI Business in 2012 Campaign

SURVEY OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS BY

THE RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS COMMUNITY

DURING THE 2012 STATE ELECTIONS

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Survey of

Campaign Contributions

by Rhode Island

Business Leaders

During the 2012

State Elections

This document summarizes

campaign contributions made by

Rhode Island business leaders to

state and local candidates in Rhode

Island during the 2012 election

year. The figures in the document

are drawn from campaign finance

records for the calendar year 2012

which are available on the State

Board of Elections website. No

contributors are mentioned by name.

The document was compiled in large

part by Amy Belhumeur (University

of Rhode Island, Class of 2014) and

Rachel Yeardon (Providence College,

Class of 2015).

For the purposes of this survey,

“business leaders” are defined as

members of the governing body

listed on the respective websites

of the four largest chambers of

commerce (Greater Providence,

Northern Rhode Island, Newport

County and Central Rhode Island)

and the Rhode Island Public

Expenditures Council (RIPEC).

It should be noted that Rhode Island

law does not require contributions of

$100 or less to be reported by name

on candidate campaign finance

reports. Any contributions in these

amounts that were not reported are

not part of the totals in this survey.

The sources for all data in this

document are on the website of

the Rhode Island State Board

of Elections. In some instances

those records may be inaccurate,

difficult to read, contradictory, or

non-existent. This may affect the

accuracy of some of the data in this

survey.

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Business Community

Who Gives?

53%

134

Individuals

Contributed

Did not contribute

47%

117

Individuals

Of the 251 people who

served on the governing

boards of the four

largest chambers of

commerce and RIPEC,

117 made reportable

contributions to state or

local candidates in 2012.

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How much did they give?

Contribution Ranges

$2,000 +

22 Individuals

$1,000 - $2,000

28 Individuals

11%

9%

53%

$0

134

Individuals

up to

$1,000

67 Individuals

27%

Aggregate contributions in 2012 by

251 Individuals

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Only 20 Contributors Accounted for

the Majority of Contributions

The Top 20 Contributors

What the Top 20 Contributed

20

231

8%

Top 20

Other

53%

47%

92%

$78,546.94

$68,467.96

Total of 251 Individuals

Total of the $146,014.90 Contributed

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Survey Key

The survey compiles recorded contributions made by business leaders to individuals, or in a number of broad categories.

Those individuals and categories are listed below:

• Organization PAC – A donation to the Political Action Committee (PAC) for the Chamber where the individual is a member of the

governing board. Only the Greater Providence and Northern Rhode Island chambers have a PAC.

• PAC – A donation to any PAC other than an assembly leadership PAC, see below.

• Gov. Lincoln Chafee

• Gen. Treasurer Gina Raimondo

• Other General Officers – A donation to Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin or Secy. of State Ralph Mollis.

• Party Committee – A donation to the state or local party committee of the Democratic or Republican parties.

• 2014 General Office – A donation to a non-incumbent candidate for General Office in 2014.

• Mayor Angel Taveras

• Local – A donation to a candidate for office in a local (non-state) race. These would include Mayor or other municipal executive, town

council, school committee or some other municipal office.

• General Assembly Leadership PACs – These include a donation to the Fund for Democratic Leadership, Fund for Democratic Priorities,

RI Senate Democrats PAC, RI Senate Leadership PAC, RI House Leadership PAC and the House Republican Leadership PAC.

• Assembly Leadership – A donation to the Speaker of the House, Senate President, the Majority Leader in either the House or Senate or

the chairman of the Finance Committee in either the House or Senate.

• Other Assembly – A donation to any candidate for the General Assembly not listed above. This category has further been broken down into:

• Incumbent Assembly members running for re-election;

• Candidates for the Assembly running against an incumbent, and;

• Candidates running for an open Assembly seat.

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Who did they give to?

$2,625

Org PAC

$14,409

PAC

$9,000

Gov. Chafee

$28,200

Gen. Treasurer Raimondo

$1,325

Other Gen Officer

$890

Party Committee

$5,550

2014 General Office Candidates

$20,750

Mayor Taveras

$13,615

$11,100

$20,350

$18,200

Municipal Candidates

AL PAC

Assembly Leadership

Candidates running for

open Assembly seats

Assembly candidates running

against incumbents

Assembly incumbents not

in the leadership

$0 $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 $25,000 $30,000

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In 2012, candidates for the General Assembly

raised $2,867,370.25 for their campaigns.

Of that amount, business leaders contributed:

$20,350

Assembly Leadership

$7,800

Assembly incumbents who

were not members of the

Assembly leadership

$6,100

Assembly candidates

running against

incumbents

$4,300

Assembly candidates

running for open seats

$2,828,820.25

From other Sources

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