Smiley leads Providence mayoral race in 2nd quarter fundraising


BRETT SMILEY leads the three-way Providence mayoral race when in pertains to fundraising, based upon just recently released second-quarter project financing reports./ COURTESY BRETT SMILEY

PROVIDENCE– Providence mayoral prospect Brett Smiley continues to outmatch his 2 main challengers when it pertains to fundraising, including $305,975 to his war chest in the 2nd quarter, according to project financing reports released today.

In reality, Smiley, a leading assistant to previous Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, likewise bested Gov. Daniel J. McKee in second-quarter contributions, though McKee’s $1.2 million account balance still tops Smiley’s since June 30.

Smiley is among 3 Democrats competing for the leading seat at Providence Town hall, in addition to City Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune and Gonzalo Cuervo, the previous deputy secretary of state and previous chief of personnel to Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea.

Smiley, who started raising cash for his project 2 years back, took in $290,250 in private contributions for the three-month duration that ended June 30, in addition to $10,725 from political action committees. He likewise gained from $5,000 in loan profits, according to his project report.

By contrast, Cuervo raised $102,309 in second-quarter contributions, while LaFortune generated $52,365. Both Cuervo and LaFortune’s cash comes exclusively from private donors.

Smiley likewise showed the greatest spender of the 3, with $277,733 in project costs in the 2nd quarter. Cuervo invested $139,177 while LaFortune taped $64,196 in costs.

Smiley’s resulting $642,372 balance is almost triple that of Cuervo’s, who had $219,367 on hand, and more than 3 times the $172,433 in LaFortune’s account.

Both Cuervo and Smiley have actually enhanced their projects with individual loans: $50,000 from Cuervo and $83,807 from Smiley.

A victor will be chosen in the main on Sept. 13. The winner will be the only name to appear on the November tally.

Nancy Lavin is a PBN personnel author. Contact her at Lavin@PBN.com

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