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Speaker’s PAC failed to disclose campaign spending on time

April 27, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence television station is reporting that Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s political action committee failed to file required reports while it was spending tens of thousands of dollars on the speaker’s 2016 campaign.

The WPRI-TV report comes two days after the state Board of Elections rebuked the Cranston Democrat over roughly $72,000 in illegal campaign spending by his PAC. He was ordered to repay the money.

The board’s director of campaign finance confirmed the Fund for Democratic Leadership PAC failed to notify the board of its election activity and missed the required reports. But the board does not intend to fine the PAC because its staff failed to remind the PAC it should file more frequently.

The Rhode Island Republican Party is calling on Mattiello to step down.

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