Providence – Contrary to her opponent’s recent televised claim, “that we’ve raised more money than any other candidate in this race.”[i] A review of all campaign finance reports filed at the Board of Elections for the Secretary of State’s race shows that Nellie Gorbea has raised more money than her multi-millionaire opponent, Mr. Guillaume de Ramel.
A review of the latest campaign finance reports in the Secretary of State’s race from April 1, 2013 to August 11, 2014 show that Mr. de Ramel has been misrepresenting his campaign finance reports to voters. Nellie Gorbea has raised $328,838 compared to her opponent’s $326,599.78. In an effort to compete with Nellie Gorbea, her opponent has used his personal wealth to loan his campaign $500,000.
“Nellie Gorbea has clearly outraised her opponent with individuals and is the only candidate in this race that has a contributor in each of the 39 cities and towns of Rhode Island,” said Gorbea’s campaign manager Rico Vota. “It is clear that Nellie Gorbea is running a true grassroots campaign.”
We also want to clarify to our opponent that the State Archives are not located on Weybosset Street, as Mr. de Ramel recently stated, but rather at 337 Westminster St. in a building that is leased to the Secretary of State’s office by a contributor to Mr. de Ramel’s campaign and a state registered lobbyist. [ii]
Former Deputy Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is running to make sure government works for ALL Rhode Islanders. With over 20 years of experience in the public and the private sectors, Gorbea comes ready to lead that office on day one. As Secretary of State, Gorbea will make sure that elections are fair, fast and accurate; that businesses find it easy to start and thrive; and she will shine a light a what government does and who is trying to influence government.
[i] 5:23, 10 Newsconference with Bill Rappleye, August 24, 2014 http://www.turnto10.com/video?clipId=10501528&autostart=true
[ii] 2:36, 10 Newsconference with Bill Rappleye, August 24, 2014 http://www.turnto10.com/video?clipId=10501528&autostart=true