Which R.I. politicians have the most campaign cash?

The Rhode Island State House seen from Kennedy Plaza in Providence, RI.
The Rhode Island State House seen from Kennedy Plaza in Providence, RI.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

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The latest round of campaign finance reports are in, and House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi remains top dog when it comes to fund-raising among Rhode Island politicians.


Shekarchi, the Warwick Democrat who is viewed as the favorite to succeed Speaker Nicholas Mattiello whenever Mattiello moves on, is sitting on just over $1 million, according to a disclosure that was due Thursday to the Rhode Island Board of Elections.

Here’s what else we learned from the third quarter fund-raising reports.

Now that she’s term-limited, Governor Gina Raimondo ($680,000) has not needed to be quite as prolific when it comes to raising money for herself. But she continues to have one of the largest campaign war chests in the state after bringing in $66,000 in the third quarter.

Of the other statewide elected officials, Treasurer Seth Magaziner ($701,000) leads the pack, while Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea ($130,000) is also in the six-figure club. Attorney General Peter Neronha ($26,000) and Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee ($15,000) trail far behind.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, one of the many Democrats mulling a run for governor in 2022, reported $616,000 cash on hand after the third quarter.

Mattiello ($183,000) and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio ($227,000) may be the leaders of their respective chambers, but their number twos have larger campaign funds. In Mattiello’s case, that’s because Shekarchi is tops in the state. On the Senate side, Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey ($228,000) leads the way.


His name hasn’t been on the ballot since 2006, but former Attorney General Patrick Lynch still has $273,000 in his campaign account.

Remember the strange legal arrangement that forced disgraced former House Speaker Gordon Fox to pay back the same campaign fund he admitted to stealing from? It now has nearly $10,000 after Fox deposited $5,600 into the account during the third quarter.


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Staffing scoop: Victor Morente, who has served as Mayor Elorza’s press secretary for the last three years, is moving over to US Representative James Langevin’s office to serve as communications director.

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