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Magaziner calls for ‘people’s commitment’ to limit ‘black money’ donations, but opponents point out he heads fundraising group


Magaziner said the “black money super PACs” influenced other elections in Rhode Island, including the 2014 and 2018 lieutenant governor primaries won by current Gov. Daniel J. McKee. “The Super PACS funded by interests like the Sackler family, owners of renowned opioid maker Purdue Pharma, has spent nearly $ 250,000 to support Dan McKee’s campaigns,” he said.

“I am disappointed that most of my opponents have not responded to our efforts to keep black money out of Rhode Island’s gubernatorial race,” Magaziner said in a statement. “I am deeply concerned about how unlimited foreign money is impacting our democracy, and as Democrats we have the power to do something about it.”

Michael Trainor, spokesperson for McKee’s 2022 gubernatorial campaign, said: “Until he answers the question about the elephant in the room – the $ 700,000 he loaned to his campaign in 2014 – he is the last person who should speak about transparency. He asked where Magaziner had received such a large amount of money.

Responding to criticism from the Super PACS supporting McKee in 2014 and 2018, Trainor said, “It shows he’s behind in this race and needs to start attacking early.” He said McKee gave $ 4,000 in donations he received from Purdue Pharma director Jonathan Sackler and his wife to local recovery groups.

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea was the only candidate to respond to Magaziner about “people’s engagement”.

“What I said in the letter is that I recognize that the Citizens United decision (of the United States Supreme Court) was detrimental to American democracy, as someone who spent 30 years in strive for government transparency, ”she said.

But Gorbea said he told Magaziner the engagement doesn’t go far enough. “If he really wanted to have a conversation about leveling the playing field, he would have to agree to eliminate campaign self-funding and pay off his personal loan of around $ 700,000 by January 1,” a- she declared.

Additionally, Gorbea said she was surprised Magaziner sent a fundraising email stating that no other candidate had accepted it.

“He should really give back the money he raised from this email to show that he is committed in good faith, and not as a gimmick for fundraising and media attention,” he said. she declared.

Kolby Lee, campaign spokesperson for Matt Brown’s governorship, said: “It’s amazing that Seth Magaziner still wants to talk about the issue of corporate money when he takes tens of thousands of dollars. to corporate PACs and lobbyists, including lobbyists for some of the most greedy and dangerous companies in the country.

Magaziner contributors are pushing for Lockheed Martin, Purdue Pharma, the multinational gambling company IGT, as well as companies such as Sea 3 and Marshall Properties who “are fighting to expand dangerous fossil fuel facilities and destroy spaces. Rhode Island Greens, ”Lee said.

“If Magaziner is serious about ending the corrupting influence of money in politics, he must begin by returning the tens of thousands of cash he has taken since his last election, in addition to pledging not to never accept that type of donation again. ”he said.

Lee said Brown and State Senator Cynthia Mendes, a candidate for lieutenant governor, are the only candidates in their races who have pledged not to take on a corporate PAC, corporate lobbyist or money on fossil fuels.

Dr Luis Daniel Muñoz, who had $ 5,600 in his campaign account at the end of the third quarter, said: “I find it funny that a candidate who represents the richest 1% in this country and who has invested more $ 600,000 on their side the money in their campaign account, would precede any call to action without first withdrawing their black money from the governor’s race.

Muñoz said that if his fellow candidates want to reject “black money,” they should start by limiting personal contributions to $ 100,000, refunding any amount beyond that limit, and participating in the government’s matching fund program. State.

“Black money and personal trust funds should no longer be used to hold Rhode Island,” he said. “Progress is coming, and it will be fueled by the People-Powered Campaign. “

Joshua Karp, campaign adviser to former CVS executive Helena Foulkes, said: “We have no comment on this.”

Patricia Socarras, spokesperson for the Magaziner campaign, said: “It is disappointing that our opponents are trying to divert the conversation from their reluctance to keep the black money super PACs out of the gubernatorial race – the same type of black money PAC that fueled McKee’s campaigns in 2014 and 2018. ”

Magaziner is ready to include a ban on personal loans in a “people’s pledge,” Socarras said. “But unfortunately our opponents are more interested in taking political positions than coming to the table to negotiate a deal,” she said.

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