Cicilline Fundraising on Fire in Race for Kennedy’s Seat

Posted April 5, 2010 at 11:36am

Correction Appended

Updated: 3:38 p.m.

Providence Mayor David Cicilline (D) announced he’s raised a whopping $725,000 since he got into the race to succeed retiring Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) about six weeks ago.

Cicilline faces state Rep. Jon Brien and former state party Chairman Bill Lynch in the September Democratic primary.

Lynch released fundraising totals last week showing he has raised $230,000, including a $100,000 personal loan. A Cicilline spokesman said none of the $725,000 came from the candidate’s own pocket. However, the Providence Journal reported that much of Cicilline’s money has come from refunding donations to his mayoral campaign and then asking donors to redirect the checks to his Congressional bid.

In a note to supporters, Cicilline only cites the likely GOP nominee, state House Minority Whip John Loughlin, in his fundraising announcement instead of his Democratic primary opponents.

“We know that Republican John Loughlin has been raising money with help from conservative presidential candidates all around the country and we need to have the resources to fight back,” Cicilline wrote in an e-mail to supporters.

Correction: April 5, 2010

An earlier version of this article indicated Cicilline was the first Democrat in the race to report his fundraising totals.