With 20 days left before Election Day, and no answer from Seth Magaziner, the Almonte campaign again questioned the source of Magaziner’s campaign funds, suggesting that the candidate’s refusal to answer is indicative of how he will behave as Treasurer.
“Last week, Mr. Magaziner pivoted back to the same tired talking points he used before the Primary,” said Evan Petrone, Almonte’s campaign manager. "We all know the laws regarding ethics disclosures and campaign finance are not strong enough and lack real enforcement or accountability. There's merely meeting the minimum standards and then there's true transparency. Rhode Islanders deserve more than the minimum.“
“His refusal to address these questions goes directly to his integrity and character,” said Petrone. “Public service comes with a greater burden of transparency, and we cannot afford more politics as usual and political insiders who play by a different set of rules.”
Petrone continued, saying, “General Treasurer is an important job. It’s critical to the financial health of our state. The person in this position has to have integrity and character. So when someone refuses to answer a question as simple as ‘where did the money for your campaign come from,’ it speaks directly to his integrity and how he will conduct himself in the office he is seeking.”
Petrone recently criticized the Magaziner campaign for its failure to make public the source of $550,000 in “personal” loans made to the campaign, asking, “if Mr. Magaziner can’t be transparent with his own campaign’s finances, how can we expect him to be transparent as Treasurer?”