Today, the Almonte for Treasurer campaign submitted a letter to the Rhode Island Board of Elections asking the agency to look into the source of Seth Magaziner’s campaign funds and to determine whether or not they comply with campaign finance laws and regulations.
The letter cites Magaziner’s ethics disclosure, which shows no real estate holdings, no trust funds, no investments of any kind, and reports his salary from Trillium Asset Management between $50,001 and $100,000 as his sole source of income.
Evan Petrone, campaign manager for independent candidate Ernie Almonte for General Treasurer, called on the Magaziner campaign to make public the source of $550,000 in “personal” loans made to the campaign.
“With just four weeks left before the election, Rhode Island voters deserve to know the source of these funds,” said Petrone. “Mr. Magaziner has been asked publicly, several times, where the money came from and has refused to answer. We think it’s important to know who is funding his campaign.”
“Mr. Magaziner says he’ll be transparent with taxpayer money if elected treasurer. How can voters trust what he says if he won’t be transparent with his campaign finances?”
In a letter submitted to Robert Kando, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Board of Elections, and Richard Thornton, Director of Campaign Finance at the Rhode Island Board of Elections, Petrone wrote, “It is difficult to see how one can reconcile his $100,000 annual salary over the three years he worked at Trillium Asset Management with $550,000 in after-tax income. We respectfully ask that you look into this matter.”
*These numbers are based off of the most recent publicly available filings by the Magaziner campaign.
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